Mexican Giant Telefonica to Power Startups with Melbourne Based Business Planning HQ

Posted by Marcus Shane on Sunday, September 23, 2012 In : Business Plan in A day - Event Series 

Following an 3 month technology evaluation crossing Australia, Spain, Mexico and the United States, Business Planning HQ has signed an agreement with Telefonica to deliver its unique Business Plan in 1 day event in Mexico City on September 27th.  This will be delivered on-site at “The Wayra Space”, in Mexico City by Business Planning HQ’s San Francisco based representative, David Brown.  Document process and servers for the event will be provided from Business Planning HQ’s headquarte...


Continue reading...
 

If Only Billabong Had A Business Plan

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, August 27, 2012 In : Business Model 
Did anyone see the new Billabong CEO?  

Not exactly what I would have expected.  
Surfie? No  
Aussie? No

Under 50? No
Cool and Funky? No

She has only been in the role for a few months so can't yet be blamed for the terrible financial results of the company that just posted a $274m loss.

BILLABONG has revealed it will close 82 more stores as it unveiled an unexpectedly large $275.6 million loss after booking more than half a billion dollars in asset write-downs and restructuring costs. ...
Continue reading...
 

Our Experience at the Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, August 21, 2012 In : Franchise Business Plans 
We spent a very wintery weekend at the Melbourne Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo.  As the vast majority of our business is done online, this was a great opportunity for us to engage directly with Start-Up businesses, Franchisees and Franchisors.

There were approximately 3,000 attendees at the show in varied stages of business development.  Some were looking for franchises to purchase, other already had an established master franchise or license arrangement from the United States or E...
Continue reading...
 

See Us at The Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo

Posted by Marcus Shane on Wednesday, August 8, 2012 In : Franchise Business Plans 
Business Planning HQ is a proud exhibitor at the Melbourne Franchise and Business Opportunities Expo - 17th -  19th August.

Come and see us on stand D6 at the expo.  We have been working hard on developing some outstanding packages and deals for this exhibition.  Come down and see us, you won't be disappointed.

Our decision to exhibit at the show has been as a result of recent success in the franchising industry, predominantly in the United States, where we have been asked to hold business Plan...
Continue reading...
 

4 Tips on Start-Up Business Planning

Posted by Marcus Shane on Monday, July 2, 2012 In : Start-Up Business Planning 

A must read article for all Business Founders interested in doing Startup Business Planning.  Planning the development of your start-up can be one of the most complex and ambiguous pieces of strategy development that many business founders will ever face.  Due to the difficulty of start-up business planning, many business founders prefer to put the process off. Not only do they not know where to start, but the level of ambiguity an number of options for their start-up makes the process quite ...


Continue reading...
 

Is a Franchisee an entrepreneur?

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, June 28, 2012 In : Franchise Business Plans 

One of the most frequent questions we receive about business planning is related to the question, is a franchisees an entrepreneurs and does it take entrepreneurial skill to make a franchise successful.

In today's job market many people considering franchising as an alternative to keeping an existing job in the corporate world. There're many different reasons for this many people are interested in flexibility they want worklife balance or other financial gains not typically associated with t...


Continue reading...
 

Creating a franchise business plan to evaluate investing in a franchise system

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, June 28, 2012 In : Franchise Business Plans 

Franchise businesses have a key advantage over existing companies. 
 
 Franchise Business PlanOne of the most effective ways of evaluating any franchise is to create a business plan. By using the right business planning tools you will be able to determine key business model gaps within the franchise system, and better determine the suitability of the franchise for your own requirements.  Ideally you should create a business plan for each franchise system you are evaluating.

Your business plan should explain what you...


Continue reading...
 

First US Based Customer Becomes First US Distributor for Melbourne Based Business Planning HQ

Posted by Marcus Shane on Tuesday, April 3, 2012 In : US Distributors 
After successfully appointing 12 leading consulting, accounting and legal firms as agents in Australia, Business Planning HQ appoints its first US Authorised Agent, Patty Smith Worldwide of Philadelphia.

Patty Smith Worldwide, a leading Strategy and Risk consulting firm based in Philadelphia was the first US based Customer of the Business Planning HyperQuestion™ Toolkit in April 2011. After planning their own business in the tool, they found the results to be of such significance, that they ...

Continue reading...
 

Business Planning MasterClass Goes to Silicon Valley

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, March 29, 2012 In : Silicon Valley 
Following the success of Business Plan in 1 day in Melbourne and Sydney, we have now re-branded this event as the Business Planning Masterclass.

To deliver this event we are proud to have partnered with The German American Business Association in San Francisco and The Plug and Play Tech Centre in Silicon Valley.

The event will be held on April 20th 2012.
Continue reading...
 

Business Planning HQ To Exhibit at Demo Spring 2012 - Silicon Valley

Posted by Marcus Shane on Thursday, March 29, 2012 In : Silicon Valley 

We’re getting ready for DEMO! Join the Business Planning HQ April 17-19, 2012 at the Hyatt Regency Silicon Valley as more than 70 companies from around the world launch new products and services to an audience of global press, VCs, angel investors and IT buyers.

The DEMO product launches are the main event. But attendees also come for the sage advice from VCs, technology leaders, and veteran entrepreneurs who will provide insights into the latest technology consumer, mobile, enterprise, soci...


Continue reading...
 
 

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.