Business Planning Guide

Your business plan is your compass. It will help you map out a new course, and navigate through unchartered territory. Whether you're writing a business plan for the first time or the fifth time, it doesn't have to be hard. In fact, if you write a lean plan or a one-page pitch first, you may find you actually enjoy it. You can start creating your business plan with our free business plan template or with a sample business plan from your industry. If you're applying for an SBA loan, take our free, SBA-approved course on how to write a business plan. If you have any questions, you can turn to one of our expert how-to guides on how to write a business plan for answers.


Getting Started

If you’ve never written a business plan before, these guides will walk you through how to do just that as well as how to use your plan to obtain financing, and to manage your business on an ongoing basis.


How to Write a Business Plan

If you're ready to write your business plan, follow our step-by-step guide on writing a detailed plan document or take a look at at the business plan outline to get started quickly.


The Financials

Do you know how to build the financial section of your business plan? Learn more about what you’ll need to include and mistakes you should avoid making along the way.


Using Your Plan

Your business plan is a live document. It’s something you'll want to use to pitch for funding, that you should update as you grow and as your business changes, and that you can use to inform and direct your decisions.