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If you don't plan your business,

your competitors,

the government

or someone else

will do it for you.

Business planning shouldn’t be complicated but lots of people make it that way. That’s why some people say it’s a waste of time. But it’s not.

Here are five benefits of good uncomplicated planning and some of the typical challenges it can help you solve:


Problems solved

Make more money
  • How can I grow my sales?

  • How can I increase my profit?

  • I make a profit but where does my cash go?

  • How can I use financial information to help make good decisions?

Plan your success
  • I can’t see where my business will be in 3 years’ time

  • I’m not sure where I will be in 3 years’ time

  • My strategy is basically to react to random opportunities

  • I don’t see the value in planning because things change so quickly

Implement change
  • I have great ideas but don't know how to implement them

  • I have so many ideas that I don't know where to start

  • I start doing new stuff but seldom finish

  • I know opportunities are out there but it’s hard to identify them

Regain your passion
  • I feel tired and overwhelmed

  • I don't spend enough time with my family

  • I question my abilities, I've lost my confidence

  • Working in my business no longer motivates me

Build a team around you
  • My business won't run without me

  • I find it hard do delegate

  • I don't trust my staff

  • I feel lonely and have no-one to share ideas with


If you want to get ahead of your competitors, make more money, have more time, you should start by updating your plan. If you’ve never invested in a plan or previously had a bad planning experience, it's time to give it another go. Don’t have another groundhog year.

Here’s what one of my clients said after completing his first business plan for his long–established business.


“I wish we had started this process a year ago”

Michael M – Director of business with annual sales = $5m



Once you have a plan in place you can start to implement it and create a better future for you and your business.


“We have grown so much in the last two years.

Before we met you we were lost.
We had no direction”

Ben F – a business owner doubling annual sales from $750K



A good planning process will help you look at your business in a different way so that you can see opportunities you might not have previously seen.

“Colin has challenged us in our operations,

our financials and our future.

He made us look deep into ourselves and our business operations.”

Gavin G – Director of a business with annual sales +$10m



And while a good plan starts by considering where you are now, it needs to clarify where you want to be and how you will get there.


“The plan has provided us with great insight

and a closer understanding of our business operations

with a keen eye on where we are, where we want to be

and how we are going to get there”.

Liza P – business owner annual sales +$1m



And a good process is just as valuable as the plan itself. By including your key staff and other stakeholders in the process you can get your team focused on the same things and working together towards shared goals.


“(The planning process)

strongly motivated both directors and managers”

Gavin G – Director of a business with annual sales +$10m



Hiring a good facilitator means that you’re encouraging new thinking that respects your own goals and objectives.


“Colin’s approach is collaborative.

He is a good listener and he took my concerns

and input into consideration during discussions”

Carol B –business owner -annual sales of <$1million


“Great facilitator, style, content, pace”

Director of a Not for Profit Board



And one size definitely doesn’t fit all. I have a flexible approach that will ensure your commitment to planning is an investment and not a cost.


“I was extremely impressed with the process with Colin,

this process was definitely value for money”

Rebecca H –business owner -annual sales of $12million


And guess what? Many of my clients are eligible for grants to help fund their plans and business improvement initiatives. I may be able to point you in the right direction if you want to apply for one yourself.

Get in touch now to arrange a free consultation.


I can guarantee that after an hour of sharing your challenges and opportunities you will:

  • Have a clearer idea of how to proceed

  • Understand how I could help you

  • Be confident as to whether engaging with me will be the right decision for you.


Call me, Colin Hall  on 0422916212  or chose another way below and I will get back to you within 24 hours.

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"Colin clearly knew what he was talking about,

was encouraging yet also realistic around goals and expectations,

and was warm and considerate.

Despite the fact that it was an initial session, I got far more out of it than I'd expected."

Ben H after his free initial consultation


I want to  get far more than I expect from a free no obligation initial consultation

I reckon I could do my own plan if I follow Colin’s free  planning guide


I’m happy for my competitors, the government and other people to determine my success

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