Business Planning Guide

Writing a business plan doesn't have to be hard. 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 for answers.

Recent Business Planning Articles

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How to Write a Company Overview

By Angelique O'Rourke

[caption id="attachment_34866" align="aligncenter" width="750"] You want to be able to proudly present your business plan.[/caption] A company overview (also known as company information or a company summary) is an essential part of a business plan. Your company overview should be exactly what it sounds like: an overview containing all of the most important points about… Read more »

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What is an Income Statement?

By Angelique O'Rourke

Learn what an income statement is including a line by line explanation of it's components, and view income statement examples. Read more »

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How and Why to Manage Cash Flow

By Tim Berry

No matter how profitable your company looks, it can still be in danger of going under without sufficient cash flow. Cash is your business’s lifeblood, its survival. Yet the world is full of “profitable” companies bleeding themselves dry and slowly—or sometimes not so slowly—going under because they haven’t paid due attention to cash flow. How… Read more »

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7 Reasons to Create a One-Page Pitch Before You Plan

By Noah Parsons

A business pitch or elevator pitch is not only a crucial tool for getting investment, it's also one of the best tools you can use to flesh out your business concept, iterate it through different variations, and find a business model that works and will turn into a profitable company. But, shouldn't you have a… Read more »

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The Key Elements of the Financial Plan

By Trevor Betenson

Whatever type of plan you're writing, there are a few key financial items that you should definitely include. I'll explain what they are, why they're important, and how you should create them. Read more »