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10-07-2005 01:27 AM  12 years agoPost 1
bevoduz

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Anyone have one I could take a peak at?

Bevoduz

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10-07-2005 03:36 PM  12 years agoPost 2
GMcNair

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I don't mean to be an azz, but you've gotten no replies to this, and there's a very good reason....it's none of your business! I personally have worked my tail off starting up my business, and I won't share my plan with anyone, anywhere, anytime, unless it is required to borrow money for expansion. You've probably heard the saying "If it was easy, everyone would do it." Why should I bust my butt only to hand it over to you? The red easy button is only at Staples, not here. Go to the library, surf the net, or buy a book. Do some research, and pay your dues like the rest of us who succeeded have. Some things are not to be shared.

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10-07-2005 08:46 PM  12 years agoPost 3
snjmkeating

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Not only that, but business plans aren't something you go buy off a shelf or borrow from a buddy.... Although you can go buy the software to produce the plan.....

There are many different business models to work from. In photography as well as any other business. It is a personalized plan, depending on how you want to work.

Have a great day.

Steve

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10-07-2005 09:29 PM  12 years agoPost 4
lowandslow

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Here was my original plan from about 8 years ago. Feel free to use it.

1. Gather lots of capitol
2. Purchase build and test AP equipment
3. Build portfolio of sample shots
4. Put up web site
5. Market, Market, Market
6. Quit my day job
7. Perform the service
8. Collect money from clients
9. Retire early and wealthy collecting money from clients.

Course, I did have to modify a few things along the way...

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10-07-2005 10:19 PM  12 years agoPost 5
snjmkeating

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Now see..... that's what I mean by a personalized plan.

Steve

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10-08-2005 12:14 AM  12 years agoPost 6
DANNO

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wow low and slow that looks just like my plan! except having a hard time getting no 9 down...

www.skypiximaging.com

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10-08-2005 12:25 AM  12 years agoPost 7
bevoduz

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Sorry if I offended there...

I AM working on this on my own, and have put in a lot of time, effort, and money in doing so. I personally thought this forum was a good place for seeking out advice and so that's what I did. If no one want's to share that's completely up to them, same as if they don't wish to share. I'm not looking to copy someone's plan, as I know that mine is unique to myself. As I stated before, I was just simply seeking assistance from those that have already gone down this road.

So in conclusion,

Sorry to upset you GMcNair,

Bevoduz

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10-08-2005 12:31 AM  12 years agoPost 8
copterpix

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Business plans are a personal thing, not because of privacy but because you want to tailer the plan according to what you want to do.

You lay out the basic business idea, then you add in what you will do and leave out what you wont do, then you just keep adding detail. Every revision brings up new ideas that no one else can figure out for you.

We all have to go through the proceedure on our own. Then you'll understand why you got that kind of response.

Just follow the basic who, what, where, why, and how.

Rene

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10-08-2005 12:34 AM  12 years agoPost 9
bevoduz

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Thanks...

I have been working with someone who is experienced in business plans and startups and he just stated it would be helpful for me to get advice from someone who's wrote one for this business or see one for this business, since it is rare and he knows nothing about it. I'm nearly complete with mine, and again, was just looking for advice.

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10-08-2005 01:29 AM  12 years agoPost 10
GMcNair

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Didn't offend me as much as it just surprised me to see such a brazen request. It's one thing to ask for a bit of advice on equipment selection, pricing, how to word a contract, or maybe a marketing tip or two, but to ask to see a business plan? Just find business models that exist either through software or print, and plug your trade into it, just like Steve suggested. Properly drawn and executed business plans are very private because they are a roadmap to hopefully lead a business to success, so it's just not good etiquette to ask to see one. See if SCORE has a chapter in your area that can help you. This is where you should be seeking business plan assistance. http://www.score.org

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10-08-2005 01:30 AM  12 years agoPost 11
Flingwing Pilot

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Business Plan

Greg, Nothing ventured; Nothing gained.

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10-08-2005 01:31 AM  12 years agoPost 12
Flingwing Pilot

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Business Plan

This is a sensitive subject, especially so since very few persons have actually written their plan. Even fewer follow the plan since many plans which are written were never intended to serve as a guide for the business as much as they were meant to convince potential investors to provide funds for the business, often more than the opportunity warrants.

Businesses like this are often extensions of individual personalities and a lot of pride is invested in the business's success or failure. Also, to an astute investor, the quality of the business plan and the assumptions within the plan often indicate the degree to which the individual who wrote the plan is suited to be in any business as well as to be in this particular business. There is a lot at stake when you open your self up to the general public.

Make a few friends and a few more acquaintances and you will find information will flow more freely. There are no real secrets, only ideas which have been put into action as opposed to ideas which have never been tested under real market conditions.

Without action, ideas or business plans have little value.

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10-08-2005 05:02 AM  12 years agoPost 13
bevoduz

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I am working with score

And did what they told me

Bevoduz

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10-08-2005 04:29 PM  12 years agoPost 14
BARTGALAMBOS

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Bevoduz, read Flingwing Pilots "Marketing​Aerial Photography"

Goodmorning Folks,

Hey Bevoduz, read Flingwing Pilots "Marketing Aerial Photography." I talked with man once when I was performing an aerial survey, in his aera, and he really knows what he's talking about. He started a thread and you will find it really useful. He's says there is enough business for everybody. I can understand people not wanting to share, but the old timers will share, as they enjoy sharing their experience.

Goodluck,

Bart

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10-08-2005 04:32 PM  12 years agoPost 15
electro212

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did they tell you to save your money and stay out of the bars??

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10-08-2005 09:08 PM  12 years agoPost 16
fitenfyr

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Ha...

No that would be save your money and stay out of hobby shops.

I wrote one and frankly I just used the Small business administrations template that is on their website.
Mine is still a work in progress, but they all should be that.
In fact mine is due for the annual update this month.
Going to be a few changes in it also.

Jason Stiffey
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10-09-2005 02:00 PM  12 years agoPost 17
Flingwing Pilot

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Business Plans

Whatever business you are in, the information and books and/or software at http://www.nolo.com should prove useful.
Most business ideas are not new although you may apply them in an unusual way. You're real strength will come from personal contacts with other persons who are working to accomplish similar goals or those seeking better working relationships. Also, most relationships work best if you seek to give before you seek to get. Good old horsetrading makes sense in many situations.

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