Tim Berry

Tim Berry

Entrepreneur.com Business Planning Coach
Tim Berry is the chairman of Eugene, Ore.-Palo Alto Software, which produces business-planning software,
He founded Bplans.com and wrote The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan, published by Entrepreneur Press. Berry is also a co-founder of HavePresence.com, a leader in a local angel-investment group and a judge of international business-plan competitions. 

From Tim Berry

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When Angel Investors Reject Your Plan
Money

When Angel Investors Reject Your Plan

If those you've approached for money say no, try to figure out why. Maybe it will lead to some good news.
The Art of Business Pitching Has Changed. Are You on Board?
Money

The Art of Business Pitching Has Changed. Are You on Board?

Presentations are changing, becoming more visual, but the pictures can't do all the talking. Real money allocation also speaks strongly to investors.
Your Mission Statement May Be Utterly Useless or a Gold Mine
Starting a Business

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.
8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs
Your Business Plan

8 Ingredients Every App and Software Business Plan Needs

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

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.
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.
How and Why Business Plans Have Changed
Your Business Plan

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.
Marketing Basics

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.
How to Build a Lean and Efficient Business Plan
Your 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.
When Is the Best Time to Write Your Business Plan?
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.
Reworking Your Business Plan? Consider These Tips
Your Business Plan

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.
5 Fundamentals of a Social-Media Action Plan
Social Media

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.
Should You Create Your Business Plan on Pinterest?
Your Business Plan

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.
Lean Startups Need Business Plans, Too
Your Business Plan

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.
How I Raised a Family of Entrepreneurs
Young 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.
When the Product Is the Marketing, and Vice Versa
Your Business Plan

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.
The Business Model for Disruption
Your Business Plan

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-
10 Business Plan Words Every Manager Needs to Know By Heart
Your Business Plan

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.
The Top 10 Business Plan Mistakes
Your Business Plan

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

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.'
Three Financial Guesstimates Every Business Plan Needs
Your Business Plan

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.
Three Questions to Answer Before You Write a Business Plan
Your 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.
How to Estimate Startup Costs
Your Business Plan

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.
Five Steps to Create a Marketing Plan
Marketing Plan

Five Steps to Create a Marketing Plan

How business owners can put together a detailed marketing guide for business growth.

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