I dreaded group projects when I was in school. To absolutely none of my friends' or family's surprise, I was one of those kids who always wound up taking on the entire group assignment myself because I cared so much about getting a good grade. (Plus, let’s face it, it meant I wouldn't have to work with any partners, who sometimes were just as happy to let me do the work.) While that habit didn’t earn me the popular vote at the time, as an adult who was figuring out how to write a business plan, some of those same strategies of diligent, independent work wound up helping me out in the long haul.
Just as there were in middle school when I was telling myself that taking on all of the work was the most logical option, I've discovered that when it comes to drawing up a business plan, there are always going to be things I'll need to let go of. Starting a business from home is an ever-evolving process, and it's important to know that it's OK for your business plan to grow along with your business. That's a lesson I had to learn that hard way after a bit of frustration and resilience, so I went to the experts to find out everything you need to know to make your new self-employment venture a success right out of the gate.