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Planning. The first step to finding strength in numbers.

62% of small businesses in Canada launch without a business plan.2 But is that the best plan?

 

Too many small business owners skip making a business plan. They feel like it’s a time-consuming, painful process that doesn’t match the nimble, ever-evolving needs of small business owners.  

Small businesses who develop a business plan are more successful. 

40% made more than
$100k last year

46% generated more
than $250k in revenue

52% have 5 or
more employees

On average, Canadian small businesses earn $38,272 per year and generate $285,000 in revenue.3

Intuit Canada conducted a survey of 828 Canadian small business owners – and one of the most surprising statistics indicated that 62% of small businesses launched without a plan4.

 

To further explore this, we invited two of our QuickBooks ProAdvisors, Jennifer Moore and Andrew Wall to discuss the importance of business planning with the National Post’s entrepreneurial columnist Rick Spence and filmed the discussion.

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So let’s dig into what a business plan can do for your business. 

What is a business plan?

What can it do for me?

How flexible is it?

What are some common mistakes?

Who can help?

When you see how you’re tracking against your plan in real time, you can make adjustments. 

That’s where QuickBooks Online can help. 

Small business owners love QuickBooks Online because they can:  

Get up and
running in minutes

Enjoy a clean,
easy-to-use interface

Work anywhere
in the cloud6

Work with a robust ecosystem
of small business apps

See why over 1,000,000 small business owners use QuickBooks Online to keep tabs on their business.

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  2. Among Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey Respondents; Based on 2015 Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey who indicate business plan completion, Based on 2015 Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey.
  3. Data pulled from Government of Canada “A PROFILE OF SMALL BUSINESS ACROSS CANADA” study http://publications.gc.ca/Collection/Statcan/61F0019X/io98010e.pdf
  4. Among Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey Respondents; Based on 2015 Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey who indicate business plan completion, Based on 2015 Intuit and Vision Critical Small Business Landscape Survey.
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