Writing a Business Plan

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What to Include in Your Business Plan Appendix

The appendix of a business plan is usually the last section to appear in the business plan. Although not required, a well-structured appendix can go a long way toward convincing your reader you’ve got a great business idea, or indeed that you have thoroughly thought through your idea. The appendix of a business plan is the...

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How to Forecast Sales

First, allow me to deal with a very common problem: Business owners are often afraid to forecast sales. But, you shouldn’t be. Don’t think there is some magic right answer that you don’t know. Don’t think that it’s a matter of training you don’t have. It doesn’t take spreadsheet modeling, much less econometric modeling, to...

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Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

We recently had Tim Berry, Palo Alto Software founder and business planning expert, present our Bplans audience with his latest advice on lean business planning. He is the known guru in business planning, particularly for small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs, although he’s worked with Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies as well. Lean business planning offers...

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How to Forecast Cash Flow

  A good cash flow analysis might be the most important single piece of a business plan. All the strategy, tactics, and ongoing business activities mean nothing if there isn’t enough money to pay the bills. And that’s what a cash flow projection is about—predicting your money needs in advance. By cash, we mean money you...

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How to Create an Expense Budget

An expense budget is part of the bread-and-butter basics of good management. Set your budget as a goal, then review and revise often to stay on track. Being right on budget is usually good, but good management takes the regular review to check on the timing, efficiency, and results of what your business spends. For...

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The Different Types of Business Plans

Different situations call for different types of business plans. This is our guide to the most common types of business plans and how to use them.

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Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [FREE Webinar]

What do you want from your business? Growth? Profits? Peace of mind? Choosing your own destiny? That’s what lean business planning is all about. It’s not just a plan, but rather an ongoing management process. Create a streamlined strategy and decide tactics, dates, and deadlines in the lean plan, then review results regularly, and revise...

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An Overview of Lean Business Planning

A lean business plan does what every business owner and aspiring startup needs to manage strategy, tactics, execution, and essential business numbers. It exists for internal management, not for outsiders. It stays lean and simple with just bullet points for essentials and a collection of lists and tables. It should be reviewed and revised at...

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