What happens if you have a project plan template completed and your sense of overwhelm has not disappeared? Perhaps you may be experiencing a lot of pressure to get things done by a certain impending day or time. In this case, a project plan template can give you a great big picture idea of what there is to do next, but of course it does not solve the immediate problem of getting something done that requires your urgent attention. There is a fine and careful balance between seeing the global perspective, which if given with sufficient clarity can ease or assuage concerns, with taking consistent action to generate the important results you are looking for.
Another disadvantage is that a template in some instances can be a waste of time and ineffective. Most templates appear to be extensive but when closely evaluated, are unnecessary sections that are irrelevant to your planning needs. As you eliminate those unimportant parts, it will leave you with an incomplete business plan outline that's close to being useless. Sometimes you have to forget about performance numbers, growth projections and other typical "pie in the sky" business plan drivel and focus on the one basic necessity that all small businesses (including start_ups) need in order to grow and thrive: Ways to bring in the cash. And if you're just starting out, this will be even more critical to your success since the most important activities of any new business are to generate prospective customers, sell them products and services to keep the business growing. Far too many entrepreneurs believe that by using downloaded templates, they can cut short the planning process and cut down the planning cost. Keep in mind, the real value of doing a business plan is not having the finished product, but the process of research and thinking about your business in a systematic way. A template alone is not enough to make a good plan it takes other variables such as the skills of writer, planning skills and tools working together for the best outcome. Although templates are one of the most helpful things that happened in business planning, before you even consider using one for your plan, decide if it limits your imagination or flexibility to grow your business.