There is no such thing as easy when it comes to developing financial projections for a business plan, especially since the process can be intimidating and challenging. What makes such task daunting and challenging is the fact that there is no way for us to know the cost as well as the revenue that our business will encounter during its first year or first five years of operation. In addition to that, we want you to know as well that putting the projections in your business plan and present it to the funders may make it look like your decision is already final and that you promise to stand by these numbers. And yet, if you are feeling tremendously unsure about the projections you come up with, this may lead you to realize the such a thing is impossible at all.
Well, there is nothing for you to worry about having such kind of feeling since it is common among entrepreneurs who develop financial projections for their business plan for the first time. In order for you to avoid making a mistake regarding your financial projections, make it a point to ensure that you understand the mindset of the funders who will be reading your plan. Additionally, you must know how you can feel better about your projections and how you can present your projections in such a way that will show why they are probable outcomes, although the future is still uncertain. To make your financial projections more accurate, we have here some aspects that you must take into consideration.
Creating more reasonable financial projections for your business plan using a documented study will make your presentation a success. If you want to create financial projections that are more reasonable, we suggest that you use documented research for your numbers. It has been said that costs are much easier to research than revenues. If you want to come up with a probable cost for your financial projections, you can start by speaking to others in the industry, making calls and even doing an online research regarding startup costs and operating costs. If you want to cover the first five years of your business operation in the financial projections you will develop, you can rely on the average rate of inflation (unless you belong in a country that does not have a stable inflation rate).
There are other factors that you have to consider here like ensuring that your financial projections are based on the size of the market and the number of potential customers your marketing will reach. See to it that the numbers you come up with are exact and are based on factual information.