Planning and Paradox

by Tim Berry

Business planning is full of paradox. Here are some interesting examples. Business plans are always wrong, but nonetheless vital. Wrong because they're predicting the future and we're human, we're fallible, so we don't get it right. Vital because we need... Read More »


I’m Loving the New Version of Business Plan Pro

by Tim Berry

If you’re a regular reader you know I don’t normally do sales pitches here on this blog, but this is special. Last week Palo Alto Software introduced a brand new version of Business Plan Pro incorporating (finally) my Plan-as-You-Go Business Planning ideas into the mainstream of the software. With this new version, when you start... Read More »


Seth Godin on Rethinking Business Plans

by Tim Berry

It’s about time that business writers, assorted experts, entrepreneurs, academic and the rest start focusing on the huge damaging and wasteful misunderstanding that most of us have contributed to: that completely out-of-date idea that a business plan is a document, done once, related to raising money. So I’m delighted to see Seth Godin jumping onto... Read More »

The Best Business Email Might Be a Phone Call

by Tim Berry

This morning I picked up Finding the Right Words for Business Emails, a recent post by Bradford Shimp on his Allbusiness Answers blog. Bradford’s a smart person, and he has good advice here. Use language you’d use for a friend. Be careful with the subject line. Avoid phrases that sound like spam. And this, my... Read More »


Want Real Strategy? Mind the Damned Gap

by Tim Berry

Mind the gap. It’s written all over the London tube (subway). They mean the gap between the trains and the platform. Mind the gap. It should be written wherever somebody is doing strategic planning for small business. It means that extremely common gap between the brilliant strategy cooked up in the meetings and the actual... Read More »


Number One Business Plan Book

by Tim Berry

I hope you'll forgive me this post, but it took a long time writing, absorbed most of my Spring, and involved a lot of work by other people with editing, design, and so so forth. These things go up and... Read More »

Audio on Business Planning

by Tim Berry

Last week I was a guest on Barbara Weltman's Build Your Business radio show on wsradio.com. In the first part Barbara starts out with a review of the present bleak economic picture, then introduces me and business planning. It's about... Read More »

Zen Habits to Autopilot to Business Planning

by Tim Berry

Dieting. Regular exercise. Investing. Planning. All of them so much easier said than done. Easy to know what to do, but hard to do it, because you have to actually do it, repeatedly, not just know what to do. Emphasize,... Read More »


An Interesting Drawing; Useful Viewpoint

by Tim Berry

This image is from Egghead Marketing, in an announcement of a Twitter business plan contest. It's an interesting summary of a business plan focusing on innovation assessment, written to be read by outsiders; the new world. Of course it's a... Read More »

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Radio Today with Jim Blasingame

by Tim Berry

Time flies. I was on the Small Business Advocate show again today and Jim said it was the tenth anniversary of my first guest appearance (can you call it appearance when it's radio?) on his show. I'm always happy to... Read More »