Re: Starting a business

Subject: Re: Starting a business
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 28 Jun 2001 12:27:36 -0700

John Fleming wrote:

> But as one old Roman once said, "It's an ill plan that can't be
> changed." That's just as true of business plans as it is of any other
> kind of plan.

No, but at the risk of echoing Andrew Plato's favorite refrain, for many
people, the process becomes an end in itself. If nothing else, it's
comforting and familiar.

> And I don't think he'd invest the time and energy if he didn't see
> some value in the process.

I think that writing business plans, like making an outline for a
document, tells a lot about the sort of person you are. For some people,
working through all the possibilities and then clearly articulating them
is a mental necessity. For others, putting something on paper inhibits
and wastes time; most of us, of course, are somewhere in the middle.

In my case (and probably Gordon's and Andrew's), the plan was simply,
"Make enough money to live comfortably." With this goal, elaboration
isn't needed, just an eye for opportunity.

Bruce Byfield 604.421.7177 bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com

"I asked a wise man for advice, I told him once and I told him twice,
My life is one long damage limitation,
He smacked me hard about the head, he handed me a card that read,
Work like you are living in the early days of a better nation."


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