Every Startup is only one step ahead of death!

Posted by Marcus Shane on Friday, August 9, 2013
Must see interview with Richard Brandson and Elon Musk

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Business Networking for Entrepreneurs - Make Connections - Not Deals

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, April 4, 2013 In : Business Networking 
So you're an entrepreneur and you hate networking....

Get over it.

Great video by Kauffman Foundation on how to go about creating a network of influence that will help your start-up flourish.


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The 5 Critical Steps to Funding Business Growth

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, April 4, 2013 In : Funding Business Growth 

Often raising funding is a life or death issue for businesses seeking to grow. Even the most successful businesses get to a point where they need to raise capital in order to move to the next level.



If you want to...

·         grow locally or internationally,

·         prepare for a major marketing push,

·         access funding via grants, debt or raising capital,

·         a step by step process to raising the funding you need.

This session will provide you with 5 concrete things you nee...

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Business Planning HQ Customer Grid Tential Raises $1m in Equity Funding

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 In : Raising Capital 

Roda Group, the venture capital investor that’s the largest shareholder in the biofuel companySolazyme Inc. (SZYM), is backing a startup using advanced production techniques to improve storage performance of standard lead-acid batteries.

Gridtential Energy Inc. received a $1 million seed investment from Roda, the San Jose, California-based battery company said today in an e-mailed statement. It will use the money to develop and test a prototype product by next year, with the goal of starting...

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Acquiring Customers Online - Panda and Penguin

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 In : Customer Acquisition 
One of the most effective way of obtaining new customers that are interested in your product or service, is to originate leads online.

So, you've built a great website (or you are planning to build one).  The concept of build it and they will come definitely doesn't work online.

Buying traffic is expensive (usually costing more than $1 per click), and with average conversion rates below 2 in 100, the direct cost of Pay Per Click Marketing online is $50.  The issue with this is that if you build...
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5 Steps To Funding Business Growth

Posted by Marcus Shane on Friday, March 22, 2013 In : Funding Business Growth 
In this informative funding video, Business Coach, David Guest interviews Business Planning HQ Founder, Marcus Tarrant about what practical things need to happen in order to fund business growth.

Duration: 45 Minutes
Interviewer: David Guest, Managing Director, David Guest Coaching
Interviewee: Marcus Tarrant, Managing Director, Business Planning HQ

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6 Questions You Must Be Able To Answer Prior to Pitching For Investment

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 In : Pitching for Investment 

Pitching for investment is one of the most important tasks you'll ever face in creating a successful, and well capitalized business. While you may feel ready to field any question investors throw at you, you should carefully think through and practice your responses. "More often than not, it's the obvious questions people fall down on because they haven’t effectively thought through all the issues," says Marcus Tarrant, Managing Director, Business Planning HQ.

 1. What do your customers ne...

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The London Startup Show

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, November 26, 2012 In : Business Plan in 1 Day 
We exhibited at the London Startup Show at Olympia.  There were over 350 exhibitors and we were strategically positioned next to the Business Planning workshop series sponsored by Sage Accounting.

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Equity Based Crowdunding and the Jobs Act

Posted by Marcus Shane on Sunday, October 7, 2012 In : Crowdfunding - Jobs Act 

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For Immediate Release - Olay! Aussie Matador of Business Planning delivers for Mexican Startups

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, September 27, 2012 In : Business Plan in 1 Day 

For Immediate Release

Thursday 27th September 2012

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne Based Business Planning HQ creates 10 Business Plans in 1 hour from 13,000km’s away.

Business Planning HQ, delivered 10 Business Plans in 1 hour for a “Group Virtual Consulting Event” at “The Wayra Space” in Mexico City earlier today.  The event was held for South America’s leading incubator/accelerator Program, Wayra (A division of the Telecommunications giant Telefonica).

When initially workin...

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About Me

Marcus Tarrant Marcus Tarrant is a leading or management consultant, entrepreneur and thought leader. He has worked for leading consulting firms including Deloitte Consulting, leading major strategy development and business planning initiatives. Business Planning HQ was developed to bring the advantages gained by employing a consultant, without the associated cost. We have developed the “Question Led Approach” to simplify the process of creating a high quality business plan. Our clients agree with our claims that we have reduced their planning times from over 1 week, to less than 4 hours.