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How To Write a Business Plan

Business Plans

What to Include in Your Business Plan

Here's what your business plan should contain, how long it should be and what it should look like.
Business Plans

The 4 Types of Business Plans

Learn which of these four business plan formats best fits your needs.
Starting a Business

Do You Need to Write a Formal Business Plan?

There is one big factor that determines whether you should put the time and effort into crafting a plan.
Business Plans

5 Reasons to Write a Business Plan

There are any number of reasons why you need to create a business plan, including starting a business, seeking funding and more.
Starting a Business

The Navy SEAL's 10-Step Approach for Creating the Ultimate Business Plan

Similar to mission planning in special operations, there are myriad unknown factors that entrepreneurs must consider before they unleash a new product or service.
Business Plans

How to Create a Business Plan Investors Will Love

Here are some strategies you can use to create a strong business plan that will translate into funding.
Business Plans

How to Find the Purpose of Your Business Plan

Deciding how you intend to use your business plan is an important part of preparing to write it.
Business Plans

Start With a Simple Business Plan and Grow It as Needed

Begin with a lean document that can guide your company's efforts internally. Add to it later on if investors or bankers need more details.

Create a Personal Business Plan That You'll Really Use

Develop a customized tool that will serve to focus you on your most important objectives. Write it in user-friendly prose so you'll check it weekly.
Business Plans

7 Steps to a Finance-Centered Business Plan

If your startup calls for financing to get off the ground, follow this list to impress potential investors and lenders.
Business Plans

Write a Winning Business Plan With These 8 Key Elements

Before you launch your company, create a document that will serve as its foundation.
Business Plans

5 Steps for Creating a Long-Term Plan for Your Startup

Having a clear vision of your company's long-term trajectory is essential to ensuring its success.
Performance Ignited

Don't Go Too Lean. On America's Main Street, Business Plans Still Work.

Don't kid yourself. For most new firms launching outside Silicon Valley, developing a startup strategy is essential.
Business Plans

How Do I Build a Business Plan? (Infographic)

Take a look at this infographic for tips on how to write a great business plan.
Business Plans

10 Reasons Not to Write a Business Plan

Writing a business plan isn't for everyone. Here are ten strategies you might be better off trying first.