Writing a business plan
How to write a business plan
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Business planning basics
- What is a Business Plan?
- Do I Need a Business Plan?
- Who Needs a Business Plan?
- How Will You Use Your Plan?
- How Long Should a Business Plan Be?
- The Different Types of Business Plans
- What is a SWOT Analysis?
Business plan format
- A Complete Business Plan Outline
- A Simpler Plan for Startups
- Start With an Initial Assessment
- How to Write an Executive Summary
- How to Write a Mission Statement
- What You Sell (Your Products and Services)
- Your Industry and Competition
- Your Management Team: The People Behind the Plan
- What Financial Forecasts do You Need in Your Plan?
Business Plan Template
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All about business plan financials
- Precise, Accurate Estimates are More Than Guesses
- How to Create a Sales Forecast
- How to Simplify Your Sales Forecast
- How to Create a Break-even Analysis
- All about Cash Flow
- The Difference Between Cash and Profits
- International Business Planning
Pitching your plan
Sample business plan library
Get inspired by our gallery of over 500 free example business plans. There’s sure to be one to match your business or industry. Read more »
Keys to successful business plans
- What Makes a Good Plan?
- Keys to Better Business Plans
- Successful Budgeting Involves People
- Common Business Plan Mistakes
Getting help with your plan
- How Much Should You Pay a Business Plan Consultant?
- How to get Business Plan Consulting for Free
- Business Planning Software