When starting your Virtual Assistant business, a sound business plan is your roadmap to success. Unfortunately, many Virtual Assistant's rely on their memory and never actually commit their ideas to paper. Even if they do consider writing a business plan, they are often overwhelmed or confused by the planning process and never understand the value of this critical document. As a result, many Virtual Assistant business dreams fail or fall short of their actual potential.Writing a business plan will force you to objectively develop and evaluate your tactical and strategic plans. It will also help you identify the opportunities and risks encountered as a result of your decisions. You will better understand the environment in which you operate, the strengths and weaknesses of your business, the competition, and the validity of your assumptions. Most importantly, you will understand who your customers are and how you can meet or exceed their needs and expectations.