You’ll want to cover the technology you plan on using, your business location and other facilities, special equipment you might need, and your roadmap for getting your business up and running.
Finally, you’ll want to outline the key metrics you’ll be tracking to make sure your business is headed in the right direction.
Full-length resumes should be appended to the plan.
Click here to subscribe to The Bcast on i Tunes » 1.1 Problem 1.2 Solution 1.3 Market 1.4 Competition 1.5 Financial Highlights 2.1 Problem Worth Solving 2.2 Our Solution 2.3 Validation of Problem and Solution 2.4 Roadmap/Future Plans 3.1 Market Segmentation 3.2 Target Market Segment Strategy 3.2.1 Market Needs 3.2.2 Market Trends 3.2.3 Market Growth 3.3 Key Customers 3.4 Future Markets 3.5 Competition 3.5.1 Competitors and Alternatives 3.5.2 Our Advantages (see an example) 4.1 Marketing Plan 4.2 Sales Plan 4.3 Location and Facilities 4.4 Technology 4.5 Equipment and Tools 4.6 Milestones 4.7 Key Metrics 5.1 Organizational Structure 5.2 Management Team 5.3 Management Team Gaps 5.4 Personnel Plan 5.5 Company History and Ownership 6.1 Revenue/Sales Forecast 6.2 Expenses 6.3 Projected Profit and Loss 6.4 Projected Cash Flow 6.5 Projected Balance Sheet 6.7 Business Ratios While every business owner should have an ongoing planning process to help them run their business, not every business owner needs a complete, formal business plan suitable for submitting to a potential investor, or bank, or venture capital contest.
After you complete the 11 worksheets, you will have a working business plan for your startup.
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So don’t include outline points just because they are on a big list somewhere, or on this list, unless you’re developing a standard business plan that you’ll be showing to someone who expects to see a standard business plan.
Writing a business plan is an opportunity to carefully think through every step of starting your company so you can prepare for success.
For example, although the executive summary comes as the first business plan section, I recommend writing it after everything else is done, so you know exactly what appears in the rest of your business plan.
Likewise, although the management summary is usually presented toward the end of a finished business plan, it might be an easy place to start writing.