Business Plans

Often the first act of entrepreneurship is formalizing a business plan for a prospective company. Business plans, which serve as something of a roadmap for how a founder will turn an idea into a full-fledged business, typically include information like an executive summary, a market analysis and financial projections.

Business plans can be vital for entrepreneurs and business owners interested in lining up a bank loan or attracting other stakeholders such as investors. And though a plan may change over time, entrepreneurs and owners often say the process of mapping out how a company will operate and who its customers will be is invaluable.

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Business Plans for Bootstrappers

Whether seeking investors or not, every business needs a plan.
Write Your Business Plan in Pencil

Write Your Business Plan in Pencil

The smartest entrepreneurs plan on growing and are prepared for change.

Is Your Business Plan On Track?

Tips to help track and tweak your business plan beyond the startup phase
An Introduction to Business Plans

An Introduction to Business Plans

Why is a business plan so vital to the health of your business? Read the first section of our tutorial on How to Build a Business Plan to find out.
Five Harmful Myths About Business Plans

Five Harmful Myths About Business Plans

Believing these lies could be hazardous to your business.

A Good Year for Business Planning

3 reasons businesses will benefit from better planning in 2010.

Sample Business Plans

Need a business plan but not sure where to start? Get inspired with our collection of free sample business plans, all in SBA-approved format and available in their entirety online.
Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

Business Plans: A Step-by-Step Guide

This guide to writing a business plan will outline the most important parts and what should be included in an effective plan.

Business Planning for the Rest of Us

Having a plan is about managing your company, not explaining it.

Wow Investors With a Web-Savvy Business Plan

In a tight credit market, use expertise to stand out from the crowd.

6 Business Plan Fundamentals

A downturn is a good time to make sure you've got the fundamentals covered.

6 Components of a Bootstrap Business Plan

A business plan for a self-funded startup can be stripped down, but that makes it no less important.

A Case Study: Real-Life Business Planning

A planning meeting should set the foundation for real strategy, not set forth the strategy itself. Find out how one company made the most of its two-day session.

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