WBS and Project Schedule for New Business Planning


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WBS and schedule created for starting a new business, including task estimates, resource allocation, preliminary leveling information, and more.


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What this is

This Microsoft Project schedule planning a new business launch includes a work breakdown, general scheduling and dependencies, resource allocation, and even beginning leveling information. The WBS runs from the initial corporate entity setup to production of marketing materials and hiring employees. The items in this WBS are US-centric -- I-9s and W-4s, for instance -- but can easily be altered to localized equivalents like VAT certificates. Non-profits could also use this as a base plan, by making changes for appropriate government certification and locating reliable volunteer help.


Why it's useful

When you're planning to open a business, it can be reassuring to see the estimates and resource allocations others used in similar situations. It provides a nice sanity check, and a good baseline for your own planning and scheduling efforts. The example in this file won't be an appropriate WBS for every new business plan, but it provides a good foundation.

In addition, this example provides some real-world resource allocation and reminders of important but often-overlooked resources. Notes and comments explain why certain items are recommended (e.g. messenger services). Duration estimates and preliminary, role-based leveling information is also included. If you've considered launching your own business, or even a new business line in your organization, this WBS example can help you avoid time- and resource-crunches as you open your doors. If you're just curious about how to build a draft schedule, it's a good example of how to go to a sane level of detail in your WBS without over-planning.


How to use it

Extract the Microsoft Project schedule from the zip file and save it to your hard drive. Review its WBS structure, resource allocation, estimates, etc. for ideas for your own project's work breakdown and scheduling. Edit it to create your own template if desired.

Note: You must have Microsoft Project installed in order to edit this file. If you don't have MS Project you can still view the file using one of the many MS Project viewers on the market. (Google on "Microsoft Project viewer" for scads of possibilities.) You may also want to look into Microsoft's 60-day free trial offer.


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