This ad will close in
Tim Berry

From Tim Berry

Tim Berry is president of Palo Alto Software Inc. and author of several books, including The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan and 3 Weeks to Startup published by Entrepreneur Press. He has been a professional business planner since 1974, and has presented seminars on business planning in 13 countries. Berry holds an MBA from Stanford University, an MA with honors from the University of Oregon, and a BA magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame. He's also an adjunct professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Oregon.

30 Recent Stories

Your Mission Statement May Be Utterly Useless or a Gold Mine

Your Mission Statement May Be Utterly Useless or a Gold Mine

Make yours meaningful by defining goals and specific strategies for customers, the enterprise and owners. Or skip one if there's no business purpose for it.
March 27, 2014 in Starting a Business
8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

These factors are important to consider and forecast before you launch your business.
November 13, 2013 in Your Business Plan
The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

The Worst Business Plan Mistake Entrepreneurs Make

If you think you can just hire someone else to do the dirty work of writing your business plan, think again.
October 17, 2013 in Your Business Plan

10 Business Plan Benefits You Might Be Forgetting

If you think creating a business plan is not for you, think again. Here are ten ways your business plan can help you be a better entrepreneur.
September 6, 2013 in Your Business Plan
How and Why Business Plans Have Changed

How and Why Business Plans Have Changed

The fundamentals of business plan writing remain the same, but there are some crucial changes these days that you should keep in mind when crafting your plan.
August 15, 2013 in Your Business Plan

Marketing ROI: Budgeting Your Money Wisely

Calculating the return on investment for your marketing can sometimes seem impossible. Yet it's necessary to make sure you're budgeting wisely. Here's how to translate your efforts into numbers.
June 10, 2013 in Marketing Basics
How to Build a Lean and Efficient Business Plan

How to Build a Lean and Efficient Business Plan

Your business plan must be ready to accommodate rapid changes so that your company can follow suit. Here are five ways to make your business plan as lean and effective as possible.
April 17, 2013 in Your Business Plan
When Is the Best Time to Write Your Business Plan?

When Is the Best Time to Write Your Business Plan?

You don't need to drop everything to put together a business plan. Instead, it should be a constant work-in-progress. Here's how.
March 28, 2013 in Your Business Plan
Reworking Your Business Plan? Consider These Tips

Reworking Your Business Plan? Consider These Tips

If you're looking to run your business better, you'll need the discipline to stick to a plan. Here's how to make better choices from the start.
January 7, 2013 in Your Business Plan
5 Fundamentals of a Social-Media Action Plan

5 Fundamentals of a Social-Media Action Plan

For many businesses, social media is growing too important to leave to happenstance. Consider these essential elements for creating a social media strategy that yields results.
October 2, 2012 in Social Media
Should You Create Your Business Plan on Pinterest?

Should You Create Your Business Plan on Pinterest?

The social sharing pinboard isn't just for recipes and animal photos, it can help you build a vision for your business.
August 10, 2012 in Your Business Plan
Lean Startups Need Business Plans, Too

Lean Startups Need Business Plans, Too

Lean business planning doesn't mean no business planning. The formal written business plan has long been obsolete. A real business plan should grow organically, with regular review and revision.
July 10, 2012 in Your Business Plan
How I Raised a Family of Entrepreneurs

How I Raised a Family of Entrepreneurs

An entrepreneur and father to a brood of business owners talks about bringing up kids to be entrepreneurs.
June 14, 2012 in Young Entrepreneurs
When the Product Is the Marketing, and Vice Versa

When the Product Is the Marketing, and Vice Versa

Sometimes the product itself is the marketing. In those rare cases, businesses can thrive without organized marketing.
May 1, 2012 in Your Business Plan
The Business Model for Disruption

The Business Model for Disruption

For groundbreaking companies like Twitter and Pinterest, business plans take a backseat to growing traffic. Thanks to the excitement over the expected Facebook IPO, it's starting to feel like the dot-
April 3, 2012 in Your Business Plan
10 Business Plan Words Every Manager Needs to Know By Heart

10 Business Plan Words Every Manager Needs to Know By Heart

If you're starting or running a business, you'll need to know this list of essential business planning words.
January 30, 2012 in Your Business Plan
The Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes

The Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes

If you're thinking about writing a business plan, consider this list of common mistakes people make and expert advice for steering clear of them.
January 5, 2012 in Your Business Plan
To Make Business Planning Less Daunting, Let's Call It Something Else

To Make Business Planning Less Daunting, Let's Call It Something Else

We need new vocabulary for business planning. Just don't call it a 'business plan.'
December 5, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Three Financial Guesstimates Every Business Plan Needs

Three Financial Guesstimates Every Business Plan Needs

Not a numbers person? Our columnist explains the fundamentals of financial projections that should go into your business plan.
November 4, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Three Questions to Answer Before You Write a Business Plan

Three Questions to Answer Before You Write a Business Plan

Before you can map out a business plan, you have to make some basic decisions about the direction that you want your company to take.
October 17, 2011 in Your Business Plan
How to Estimate Startup Costs

How to Estimate Startup Costs

Get an idea of how much money you'll need by creating three quick lists and making a few educated guesses.
September 20, 2011 in Your Business Plan
Five Steps to Create a Marketing Plan

Five Steps to Create a Marketing Plan

How business owners can put together a detailed marketing guide for business growth.
August 11, 2011 in Marketing Plan
Five Critical Questions Your Business Plan Should Answer

Five Critical Questions Your Business Plan Should Answer

Answering these questions periodically can help keep long-term goals in mind while you adjust your immediate steps and actions.
July 12, 2011 in Your Business Plan

Most Shared Stories

1
The 3 Attributes to Look for in Top Talent
2
14 Books Every Entrepreneur Should Read in '14
3
5 Key Characteristics Every Entrepreneur Should Have
4
How to Change Your Beliefs and Stick to Your Goals for Good
5
What Motivates Entrepreneurs to Do What They Do? (Infographic)

Trending Now