Growing a business without a strategic plan is like driving without a map. By developing a strategic plan, you set the direction of the business and create a detailed roadmap based on long-term goals and the steps you'll take to achieve them. And by implementing it, you can focus on the main priorities for the business, monitor your progress against specific objectives, and ensure the business continues heading towards its ultimate goals whenever you need to adjust course. Although strategic planning can cover any number of years—depending on the nature of the business—the basic process remains the same. To help you plan the future growth of your business, Rieva Lesonsky shares here the steps involved in writing a strategic plan.