Writing a business plan can be a challenge but it doesn’t have to seem like work. Getting started is half the battle and finding a good template that you can use as a guideline is a quick way to begin making progress. In order to find a good business plan template that can meet your needs keep a few things in mind:
1) Look for a template of an actual business plan so you can see how the different sections were worded and you can get an idea for the type of information that was included.
2) Find a business plan that was written for a similar size company. This doesn’t need to be exact but a business plan for a small business will be much different from the detail needed to be included in a plan for a large corporation.
3) Find a pro-forma template to use as a guide for projecting your monthly and annual cost and profits. Every good business plan should have one of these and you can find them several places online.
4) A break even analysis is a good visual to include in the business plan to show potential investors what will be needed to turn a profit. Your financials should show how you intend to get there and the break even graph will illustrate the point.
5) Don’t let the charts, graphs and layout keep you from getting started on your business plan. If you find that you are having trouble finding the pieces you need to put together a professional business plan then grab the whole set of files I used to create a winning business plan for a small business that is still in operation today. My actual business plan, financial spreadsheet and break-even graph are all included in the “Business Plan Toolkit” you can find by clicking the link here – Business Plan Toolkit.
You know more about your business than anyone else but it is important that your knowledge about the industry and your business are professionally communicated to investors and potential business partners. Take the hassle out of writing a plan by using one that has already been written – feel free to change it however you need. Grab the Business Plan and Files now and get started writing a plan for your successful small business.
About the Author
Craig is a small business marketer, author and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in business management and marketing.