Write a business plan

A business plan is not just required to secure funding at the start-up phase, but will be vital to help you manage you r business effectively.  A plan can detail alternative future scenarios and set specific objectives and goals, along with the resources required to achieve these goals.  Without setting yourself goals, how can you measure if you have been successful?

There are plenty of tools available free online to make writing a plan easier, taking you through the process step by step.  The Princes Trust business plan pack is widely used.