Business Organization

Every business, regardless of size, needs to have a solid plan in place for how it will be run. Without a business plan, it is nearly impossible to run the company smoothly or successfully. One aspect of the business plan should include the positions in the company and definitions for each position. Those definitions can identify roles and responsibilities, as well as the reporting structure for each role. As the needs of the business change and shift, the business structure likely will change as well. It's easier to make changes as you go when you have a plan in place.

When you're starting a business and need funding, you might not have any employees to fit the roles you have outlined in your plan. This list of roles could be more idealistic for how the company will operate when you have funding and more opportunities to hire employees. Smaller businesses tend to have less complicated needs than larger ones, so the process is usually more streamlined. However, all businesses need to show a clear understanding of workflow and demonstrate how it will be handled through every phase of growth and expansion.

The business plan should include:

  • Administration
  • Marketing and sales
  • Production and distribution of product or service execution

Larger companies need a more detailed organizational plan with procedures that have been well thought out and documented. By creating this detailed plan, you can avoid internal confusion about who is responsible for what as well as avoid duplicated efforts that waste time. When your business runs and operates smoothly, it will be more cost-effective and efficient than a business that is disorganized. With a detailed and informative business plan, it becomes clear to potential investors and employees that you know what you're doing as a business owner. Larger companies may also need additional resources to operate, such as research and development or human resources.

Organizational Structure

You can use graphics to show your company's organizational structure. Simple flowcharts and diagrams offer visual representations of the management levels within your business, as well as the positions that fall beneath each level. With a graphic, it's easier to show the reporting structure and how various departments and divisions work together. This graphic will also help you show the other employee levels within the business.

The lower-level employees are responsible for the daily tasks of the business, so you'll need to identify and recognize the types of individuals you plan to hire, the number of people needed, and their qualifications. You might choose to include details about your hiring plan, such as where you will find employees and their estimated salaries. Don't forget to include your plan for hiring independent contractors, freelance workers, or consultants. Finally, the hiring plan should include any future positions that would be added if the business is able to expand.

Management Team Section of a Business Plan

Your company's management team is essential to business success. The management team is responsible for identifying and analyzing the objectives and goals of the company. After completing these tasks, experienced management professionals can implement and enforce strategies that will lead to success. In your business plan, this team should include the managers, owners, and board of directors (if applicable).

You can include information about the management team in several sections of your business plan, depending on the style. Regardless of where you place the details in the plan, make sure to include information about the company's legal structure and a list of owners. The owner's education, experience, and other related skills should be outlined. Discuss how much of the company each owner has, as well as the role of each owner in the business operations.

If your company has a board of directors, include the name of each member. Along with their names, you should also expand on their experience, background, and credentials, as well as include their contact information. Provide additional details on the contributions provided by each member to the company, along with information about how the members will contribute to the future growth and expansion of the business.

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