Implementation Problems in small businesses

When implementing a planning process in a small business there are likely to be additional implementation problems beyond those experienced in larger companies.  Here are some solutions for the problems that small companies are likely to face.

Problem: lack of internal knowledge on the planning process and knowing what planning activities are needed.
Solution: you have already found it. The enTarga web site is devoted to answering the questions that small business owners are likely to face as they move forward with the implementation of their planning steps.

Problem: trying to take on too much at one time and becoming overwhelmed by the process.
Solution: use a series of small planning activities that together guide you through the planning process. The activities are self contained, but have the ability to be used in a sequence that is customized for your needs.

Problem: nobody in the organization has the project and group leading skills to facilitate the planning process.
Solution: there are actually multiple solutions here
1. Hire a planning facilitator to assist in implementing your planning process. To contain costs ask other businesses in your area to share part of the travel and facilitator expense. Much of the planning can be done alternating between a seminar setting and small work groups. The knowledge transfer takes place in the seminar setting with the work groups being used to immediately apply the new knowledge through completion of various planning activities. The facilitator can roam between groups offering individual advice.
2. Use a local management consultant in your area. Sharing costs can also be done as above.
3. Train your own in-house facilitator. This can be accomplished by working with an outside planning facilitator to include facilitator training along with the other activities (see #1 above).  Or you can develop your own facilitator using web resources and diligent practice.

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