Why Freelancers Don’t Really Need a Business Plan

Pick up any old business book and what’s the first thing they tell you that need to do before starting your business? Write out a business plan. While I can’t speak for any other types of businesses, I’ve found that as a freelancer, business plans are utterly useless, and in some cases, harmful.

Interestingly enough, larger companies are starting to come to the same conclusion. If you’ve ever read 37signal’s Rework book,  you’ll know they’re also not a fan of the business plan. It’s interesting how a seemingly innocent piece of paper has now come under fire from several sources.

So why don’t you, as a freelancer, need a business plan? How can it do more harm than good?

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