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How to Write a Business Plan 101

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

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. This article was updated on February 22, 2021

A business plan is a written description of your business's future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you've written a plan, or at least the germ of one.

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Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. And you want to get to there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out), at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there.

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