Business Planning

If you are starting a new company, launching new products, or seeking funding or partners, writing a business plan is an important process. Business planning helps support a loan application, raise equity funding, define and fix objectives and programs to achieve those objectives and define your new business.

Read articles, tips and information on business planning, writing your business plan and getting your small business to a right start.

To see some sample business plans, check out our Free Sample Business Plans (for businesses starting with A-K) and Free Sample Business Plans Part 2 (for businesses starting with L-Z).

Business Plan: Your Road Map to Success

June 11, 2014 | By | Reply More
Business Plan: Your Road Map to Success

A business plan is the road map of your entrepreneurial venture. Our guest author shows its key functions, and points you to some useful resources on the Internet to help you prepare your business plan.

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How to Construct the Perfect Business Plan

May 5, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Construct the Perfect Business Plan

Developing a business plan is often the most integral part of creating a small business that has a great chance of prospering. Learn the basic elements in constructing the perfect business plan.

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Gathering Information For Your Business Plan

April 9, 2014 | By | Reply More
Gathering Information For Your Business Plan

One of the elements of business plan is a write up on the business industry and competition. However, gathering data and information can be difficult, if not expensive. Learn some ways you can gather data without breaking the bank.

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How to Create Your Business Plan to Fit Your Business

March 12, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Create Your Business Plan to Fit Your Business

The best way to show bankers, venture capitalists, and angel investors that you are worthy of financial support is to show them a great business plan. Learn how to create your business plan to fit your business.

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Why You Really Do Need a Business Plan Before You Launch Your Startup Dream

February 14, 2014 | By | Reply More
Why You Really Do Need a Business Plan Before You Launch Your Startup Dream

A successful entrepreneur does not wing it: An entrepreneur who wants to win has an attack plan. Learn why you really need a business plan before launching your startup dream.

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How to Use Graphs and Charts in Your Business Plan

January 10, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
How to Use Graphs and Charts in Your Business Plan

Many people ask how many graphs or charts they should have in their business plans. As with most other business planning questions, the answer is it depends . This article discusses the key factors influencing the number of graphs and charts to include in your business pla

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How to Create a Bulletproof Mission Plan

January 6, 2014 | By | Reply More
How to Create a Bulletproof Mission Plan

In this exercise, you will work through a mock mission plan related to either your business or personal life — for example, to launch a new product, service, or venue, or to lose weight.

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Basics of a Business Plan

December 31, 2013 | By | Reply More
Basics of a Business Plan

The best way to show bankers, venture capitalists, and angel investors that you are worthy of financial support is to show them a great business plan. Make sure that your plan is clear, focused and realistic. Then show them that you have the tools, talent and team to make it happen. Your business plan is […]

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How to Maintain Your Business Plan

December 13, 2013 | By | Reply More
How to Maintain Your Business Plan

A business plan is not a one-time document, at least it shouldn’t be. Learn how to review and maintain your business plan to help guide your future decisions and improve the business

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8 Common Business Plan Mistakes

October 19, 2013 | By | 2 Replies More
8 Common Business Plan Mistakes

Often you may hear about what a business plan consists of. While including the necessary items is very important, you also want to make sure you don’t commit any of the following common business plan mistakes: 1. Putting it off. Don’t wait to write a plan until you absolutely have to. Too many businesses make […]

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Do You Need a Business Plan?

October 18, 2013 | By | Reply More
Do You Need a Business Plan?

Not everyone who starts and runs a business begins with a business plan, but it certainly helps to have one. If you are seeking funding from a venture capitalist, you will certainly need a business plan that is comprehensive, well thought out and demonstrates sound business reasoning. If you are approaching a banker for a […]

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Why You, Why Now – A Critical Component of a Winning Business Plan

September 19, 2013 | By | Reply More
Why You, Why Now – A Critical Component of a Winning Business Plan

Business plans continue to be an essential element of the capital-raising process. A winning business plan must convince investors to take notice – investors that are shrewder today due to the ups-and-downs they have experienced over the past few years. Adding to the financing challenge is the plethora of high-quality companies, both public and private, […]

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