How To Write A Business Plan

how to write a business plan

If you are wondering how to write a business plan you have come to the right place!

You may be looking to start your own business and need funding, or you may have been asked to put together a business plan for an existing business or you may be a student who is writing a business plan for a class project.

For many of us, writing a business plan can be a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be if you have a clear understanding of each section needed and a visual example of the formatting and design of a standard plan. In fact, having a good example business plan to use as a reference can make a big difference and save you a TON of time – especially if you are a visual person like me.

The great news for you is that I have just released a brand new business plan design and I want to share it with as many people as possible. If you are trying to figure out how to write a business plan and can use an example plan for a reference you can download my full plan right here for FREE:

Click here to download the FREE Business Plan Example

If you want the editable source file for this business plan that will allow you to change out the images keep whatever design elements you like, plug in your wording and ultimately save you a MASSIVE amount of time you can find it here on sale for a limited time:

Click here to learn about the full Business Plan Toolkit

Finally, the video below is a walkthrough of each section of the business plan with a short explanation about how to write each part of it to ensure that your business plan will impress everyone that sees it and have investors begging to fund your project. 🙂

How To Write A Business Plan

If you still have questions about how to write a business plan or for other business plan related questions please leave me a comment below. If you want to see some other topic related to business planning as a video walkthrough please let me know that as well!

I wish you the very best in your business plan writing!


Example Business Plans – Business Planning

Now is the perfect time to evaluate your success or opportunities from the past year and make necessary changes to start the new year off right.  Modifying your existing business plan or putting together your business plan for the first time can help you focus your efforts and plan for success in the new year.

Using example business plans to take the hassle out of creating a business plan from scratch can be beneficial strategy for anyone that is creating a plan for the first time.

Don’t get hung up on the process as much as the results – there is no need to reinvent the wheel when professional business plan templates are available.

Some of the benefits to having an up-to-date business plan include:

Find Profit Niches – track your progress by setting a financial baseline and plan your expenditures.  By planning and evaluating your profit / loss you can see where you need to focus more effort or resources on profitable areas.

Get Funding – if you need funding for an expansion or a new product line a business plan with profit forecasts may help you land the capital you need.

Set Your Business Apart – successful businesses constantly evaluate the company goals and mission / vision statements in order to meet the needs of customers in an ever changing marketplace….don’t get stale!

Writing a business plan doesn’t have to be hard.  Find some example business plans to get started and replace the info with your company specific data.  You will be surprised how fast your business plan can come together by taking one section at a time and filling in your details.

Grab my actual business plan at the link below and use it to create your own customized plan without all the hassle!

Business-Plan Toolkit

Don’t let the unknown keep you from putting together your business plan.  Start planning for success today!

Adam Hoeksema

Craig Frazier

About the Author

Craig is a small business marketer, author and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in business management and marketing.

Craig Frazier Interview with Small Biz Kaizen

Earlier this year I was contacted about doing a podcast interview with Small Biz Kaizen to discuss the business planning process and explain how to get started writing a business plan.
I wanted to post it out here again as I think it was a great interview and uncovered some simple steps that anyone can…

Business Plan Resources

The Business Plan Examples website is a collection of business plan resources, tools and guides for creating your own quality small business plan.  When I began writing my first business plan I had no idea where to start.  I knew what I wanted to say but I had no clue what kind of format I should use or how to set it up.

As you begin to put pen to paper on a business plan it always helps to have an example to look at or in some cases even copy.  Yes, I am giving you permission to actually copy my work and use it how you see fit.  My actual business plan source files including the pro-forma spreadsheet and my break-even graph are available here:  Business Plan.

I plan to post topics on a good business plan layout as well as the top 5 pieces of info every business plan should contain.  If you have any related topics you would like to discuss please let me know and I will pull some business plan resources and additional info together for you.  Happy Business Planning!

Adam Hoeksema

Craig Frazier

About the Author

Craig is a small business marketer, author and entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in business management and marketing.

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