When a business plan is being produced it is important that the final plan makes a lasting impression on the recipient. However an all too common trend is for the business plan to make an impression for the wrong reasons.
Incredible as it may seem, one of the most common mistakes we see is the phrase business plan being spelt as bussiness plan. In this day and age, with spelling checkers built in to most text editors it beggars belief that people can write a bussiness plan rather than a business plan.
A second common theme is for people to abbreviate phrases so we get biz plan, bizz plan, biz plan pro or even bizplan. Perhaps I’m a little old fashioned, but again I find these abbreviations lazy, annoying and by extension I feel they reflect poorly on the author.
A business plan is a formal document, whereas a text or an email are typically less formal and I feel therein lies the crux of the issue. We undertake these activities daily and brevity is accepted in these exchanges as an acceptable trade off for grammatical and spelling accuracy. A business plan however is not only used as a means to describe an opportunity but is also used to assess the competence of the author. I am sure I am not alone in the view that no matter how good a bussiness plan is, I will have serious doubts about the person entrusted with delivering the business plan if the document contains basic spelling mistakes.