Small Business Plan Templates

Producing a small business plan can be daunting so in this section I've pulled together some of the small business plan templates that I've found during my research.

As with larger scale endeavours producing a business plan should be approached in ‘bite size chunks’. Hence this is the first of a series of subsequent articles that will take the reader through the process of producing a workable document that covers start up through the initial years of operation. A good guideline being that your document should cover a span of at least 3 years thinking.

If you haven’t produced a business plan before then there are a number of free ‘templates’ available via the internet. In particular you may find that the one produced by the bank with whom you intend (or already) do business is the best bet. You will be adhering to a format obviously approved and understood by them facilitating any applications you may plan on approaching the pertinent financial institution with.

Here is a great free example to start you off:-

Use this generic plan initially to get a flavor for how these plans should be laid out. When you are a little more comfortable and want to prepare something more professional and specific to your market niche then business-planning-4-you.com offers a comprehensive package that will help you.

Off the shelf and well recommended is Business Plan Pro Premier.

Don’t be afraid (if you have the money) to get help with producing your business plan. Hire the services of an accountant or consultant if you have deeper pockets.From a ‘blank pages’ start begin writing your small business plan by ‘planning your plan’.

To get in the mood start by producing a front cover page. State the planned name of your business and contact details (address, telephone, fax, e-mail, and website). Then type in Produced By (Your Name) On (Date).

Head up the second page ‘Contents’ and then write out your draft list numerically so that it looks something like this:

CONTENTS.

  1. Introduction..................................................Page

  2. Overview......................................................Page

  3. Strategy.......................................................Page

  4. Company Structure.........................................Page

  5. Sales and Marketing........................................Page

  6. Budgets........................................................Page

As we go along you will be adding sub-sections and the respective page numbers to the above.

To finish off, just a point about 1. Introduction.

The Introduction should be the last thing that you write as this really is a summary of what follows. But until you have actually written everything then quite naturally you can’t really summarise anything can you?

When it does come the time to complete this page then use it to highlight the salient points of your small business plan. Make it as clear and concise as you possible can. DON’T WAFFLE! Make your key point(s) easily understandable; paraphrase the most pertinent items, cut to the chase on the marketing aspects and financials.

See Also:-

How To Outline Your Business Plan
What Is Marketing
Credit Management Tools
Social Media Marketing
Starting A Small Business
Make Your Own Website


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