A Standard Business Plan Outline 393

To make the best impression on banks and investors, your business plan should be presented in the standard business plan format. Your business plan should be what a banker or venture capitalist expects to see, presented in the order they expect to see it in. Following a standard business plan outline will keep you on track, and save you from botching your best chance at getting your business funded.

Business Plan OutlineBuild your plan, then organize it. I don’t recommend developing the plan in the same order you present it as a finished document. For example, although the executive summary obviously comes as the first section of a business plan, I recommend writing it after everything else is done, so you know exactly what appears in the rest of your business plan. Likewise, although the management summary is usually presented towards the end of a finished business plan, it might be an easy place to start writing.

Is the order important? If you have the main components, the order doesn’t matter that much, but what’s presented here is the sequence I suggest for a standard business plan.

In this article, I will cover the following:

See an example of a completed business plan here.

Learn how to write a business plan here.


Simple Business Plan Outline

1. Executive Summary

Write this last. It’s just a page or two that highlights the points you’ve made elsewhere in your business plan. It’s also the doorway to your plan—after looking over your executive summary, your target reader is either going to throw your business plan away or keep reading, so you’d better get it just right. Read more…

2. Company Summary

This section is an overview of who you are and what you do. It should summarize your vision and what you hope to deliver to your market, but it should also ground the reader with the nuts and bolts: when your company was founded, who is/are the owner(s), what state your company is registered in and where you do business, when/if your company was incorporated, and a bit about your recent sales and growth trajectory.

3. Products and Services

List and describe the products or services you sell. It is always a good idea to think in terms of customer needs and customer benefits as you define your product offerings, rather than thinking of your side of the equation (how much the product or service costs, and how you deliver it to the customer). Sometimes this part of the plan will include tables that provide more details, such as a bill of materials or detailed price lists, but more often than not this section is just text. Read more…

4. Market Analysis Summary

You need to explain the type of business you’re in. You need to know your market and how it’s changing, your customers’ needs, where your customers are, how to reach them and how to deliver your product to them. You’ll also need to know who your competitors are and how you stack up against them—why are you sure there’s room for you in this market? Read more…

5. Strategy and Implementation Summary

In the first part of this section, you need to define your strategic position: What do you do for your target market, and what makes you the best? In the second part of this section, you need to outline how you’re going to develop and maintain a loyal customer base. Be specific. Include management responsibilities with dates and budgets, and make sure you can track results.

6. Management Summary

Describe the organization of your business, and the key members of the management team. Include summaries of your managers’ backgrounds and experience—these should act like brief resumes—and describe their functions with the company. Full-length resumes should be appended to the plan. Read more…

7. Financial Plan

At the very least this section should include your projected Profit and Loss and Cash Flow tables, and a brief description of the assumptions you’re making with your projections. You may also want to include your balance sheet, your sales forecast, business ratios, and a break-even analysis. Read more…


Detailed Business Plan Outline

1.0 Executive Summary

1.1 Objectives
1.2 Mission
1.3 Keys to Success

2.0 Company Summary

2.1 Company Ownership
2.2 Company History (for ongoing companies) or Start-up Plan (for new companies)
2.3 Company Locations and Facilities

3.0 Products and Services

3.1 Product and Service Description
3.2 Competitive Comparison
3.3 Sales Literature
3.4 Sourcing and Fulfillment
3.5 Technology
3.6 Future Products and Services

4.0 Market Analysis Summary

4.1 Market Segmentation
4.2 Target Market Segment Strategy
4.2.1 Market Needs
4.2.2 Market Trends
4.2.3 Market Growth
4.3 Industry Analysis
4.3.1 Industry Participants
4.3.2 Distribution Patterns
4.3.3 Competition and Buying Patterns
4.3.4 Main Competitors

5.0 Strategy and Implementation Summary

5.1 Strategy Pyramids
5.2 Value Proposition
5.3 Competitive Edge (see an example)
5.4 Marketing Strategy
5.4.1 Positioning Statements
5.4.2 Pricing Strategy
5.4.3 Promotion Strategy
5.4.4 Distribution Patterns
5.4.5 Marketing Programs
5.5 Sales Strategy
5.5.1 Sales Forecast
5.5.2 Sales Programs
5.6 Strategic Alliances
5.7 Milestones

6.0 Management Summary

6.1 Organizational Structure
6.2 Management Team
6.3 Management Team Gaps
6.4 Personnel Plan

7.0 Financial Plan

7.1 Important Assumptions
7.2 Key Financial Indicators
7.3 Break-even Analysis
7.4 Projected Profit and Loss
7.5 Projected Cash Flow
7.6 Projected Balance Sheet
7.7 Business Ratios
7.8 Long-term Plan

8.0 Appendix


Standard Tables and Charts

Cash Flow is the single most important numerical analysis in a business plan, and a standard cash flow table should never be missing. Most standard business plans also include a Sales Forecast and Profit and Loss Statements. I believe they should also have separate projected Balance Sheet, projected Business Ratios and Market Analysis tables, as well as personnel listings.

I also believe that every business plan should include bar charts and pie charts to illustrate the numbers.

More Business Planning Advice

Size your business plan to fit your business. Remember that your business plan should be only as big as what you need to run your business. While every business owner should use planning to help them run their business, not every business owner needs a complete, formal business plan suitable for submitting to a potential investor, or bank, or venture capital contest. So don’t include outline points just because they are on a big list somewhere, or on this list, unless you’re developing a standard business plan that you’ll be showing to someone who expects to see a standard business plan.

Consider plan-as-you-go business planning. I’ve done a lot of work on this idea lately, resulting in my new plan-as-you-go style of business planning, which is now outlined in a book called Plan As You Go, published by Entrepreneur Press and available through Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble, and bundled as an eBook with LivePlan and Business Plan Pro.

Don’t make common mistakes. I’ve seen thousands of business plans, good and bad, and I can tell you that avoiding these common business planning errors will put you far ahead of the curve.

More Business Planning Resources

Sample business plans: Over 500 free sample business plans from various industries.

Business plan template: This fill-in-the-blank business plan template is in the format preferred by banks and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

How to start a business: An easy-to-follow six-step process for starting a new business.

LivePlan: Easy cloud-based business planning software for everyone. This online software includes expert advice, built-in help and more than 500 complete sample business plans.

Business Plan Pro: Step-by-step software that makes it easy to create a business plan, regardless of your business planning experience or formal training.


About the Author Tim Berry is the founder and chairman of Palo Alto Software and Bplans.com. Follow him on Twitter @Timberry. Follow Tim on Google+ Read more »

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    Hi Mitchell,

    The Small Business Administration has a great tool for people who are preparing to open their own businesses. The Small Business Planner can be found at: http://www.sba.gov/smallbusinessplanner/index.html
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    That’s great. We love to hear about someone excited about Entrepreneurship!

    Good luck to you and your new business!

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  • Trung

    I’m going to join HSBC young entrepreneur Award and they require a outline limited to 1000 words. If I use your outline model, it will be so long, won’t it ?

    • http://www.paloalto.com Jake Weatherly

      The outline is completely customizable in business plan pro. You can add topics, delete topics, rename topics and move topics.
      You might also find some of our resources on writing a business plan for a competition to be helpful. Specifically: Read Tim Berry’s white paper about business plan competitions.
      Thank you for your question.

      Jake Weatherly
      Palo Alto Software
      Customer Care


    Thank God I found what I was looking for

  • ashwini

    how to do business plan for spectacles and eyeware company?

    This is a question we get quite a lot Ashwini. “How do you write a plan for __specific type of business___”

    We have created the bplans.com website as a resource for people to get the information they need to write their business plans or help in the course of their business.

    We don’t write business plans here. We aren’t a consulting company. We write business planning software that walks you through writing your business plan step by step and helps you with the process of planning your business.

    On the bplans website you can find resources that will help you in creating a business plan for an eyeware company, but most likely, you won’t find a sample plan for that exactly. You’ll find the tools to write that plan yourself.

    I hope this was helpful, and good luck in your venture!

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  • Awadh

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    If you do a search on the bplans.com website for SWOT you’ll find several articles on the subject.


    Hope that helps!

    ‘Chelle Parmele
    Palo Alto Software

  • http://www.paloalto.com Chelle Parmele


    You can search on the bplans.com website for some examples of complete business plans.

    Sample Business Plans

    Hope that helps!

    ‘Chelle Parmele
    Palo Alto Software

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    • http://www.paloalto.com Chelle Parmele

      There are several resources, some even here on this website.

      You can locate the Expert Advice tab at the top of the page or by doing another Google search for forum’s designed to assist people looking for specific help.

      There are also consultants you could look into, like Masterplans.


    Thanks a great deal for your guidelines on writing business plans. This site is 100 times better and educative compared to other publications.

    I would be grateful if you could send me a copy or draft of any real life small/medium size business plan for any income generating business in the retail industry.


    RAJABU-Business student-netherlands

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    Hi you all.

    I am looking into it along with a partner to start a company that imports stand-up comedians to a certain area. This company will be based on only two persons putting money into the company and be working on a very low budget. I have been looking over the sample plans but none of them seem to fit to what I am looking at. Is there anybody out there who could point me in the right direction on how to make my business plan for such a small agency? It would be great if you knew of a good template that I could go by. Any help would be great.
    Thanks and good luck to you all out there.

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    There are many free sample business plans available here at bplans.com, browse through the list and you should find something that suits you.

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    This is more of a question than a comment. The business plan outline is very helpful, but … it’s usually conceived for those who want to start a new business. My question is for advice on what to do with a business plan for revitalizing a dormant business in the tourist industry in Indonesia. Here are the particulars: an Indonesian firm owns two big river boats that used to take tourists (mostly from Europe and Japan) on river explorations. That has stopped because of financial mismanagement. I now have the opportunity to revive this business, but it needs investment for rehabilitating the boats, reviving the market, adjusting what is and can be offered to tourists, etc. I have no own capital, but the expertise to run something like this. It needs investment which can be in the form of direct investment or a loan from a bank. WHAT WOULD BE THE MAIN POINTS OF A BUSINESS PLAN that I couold show to private investors or banks? I can be reached at dschaareman@yahoo.com

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      Hello Danker,
      Calculating the value of your business is vital if you are trying to find investors, apply for a loan, or sell your business to a potential buyer. The Premier Edition of Business Plan Pro includes detailed valuation tools that can help you determine a solid business valuation and create a professional investment offering. Showcase the true value of your business with more advanced spreadsheets that describe the sources and uses of cash for any new or existing business.
      Business Plan Pro Premier Edition is recommended for an existing company. The premier edition has advanced financials and can can forecast out up to ten years and in detail for up to two years. Make sure you maximize the full value of your business by using this option, which is only available in the Premier Edition.

      Hope that helps!

      Casi Deatherage
      Palo Alto Software
      Customer Care

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    Thanks again!

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  • Scott


    Here is a great resource for getting the capital you need to start your business. Another great resource can be your bank. Ask them about a small business loan.

    How to Get the Financing for Your New Small Business: Innovative Solutions From the Experts Who Do It Everyday.

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  • http://www.paloalto.com Casi Deatherage

    Hello John S. Brown, Sr.,

    Busines Plan Pro does a great job of helping you write a business plan for start-up funding.

    Best regards,

    Casi Deatherage
    Palo Alto Software
    Customer Care

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    Dear Sharon Fisher,

    We have resources built into Business Plan Pro to help you get funding. For example, some businesses choose to start by bringing in investors for start-up funding, while others go to a bank for a business loan. Business Plan Pro has resources built in for both approaches (the SBA loan application for bank loans, the Venture capital Database for investment sources).

    Best regards,

    Casi Deatherage
    Palo Alto Software
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    I want to set up a business of providing my clients with a door to door service of automobile Oil / Lub change while they are relaxed at home or office.

    Can some one help me with a Business / Marketing Plan. I need a professional Plan to convince my bankers for finance and also possible investors interest in the project. SOS srabdulkhader@gmail.com

  • http://www.paloalto.com Casi Deatherage

    Hello Syed,
    Honestly, you may not find a sample plan that will exactly match your business model. You may find several that are close or related. What is important is that we include sample plans as idea generators and examples, not as plans that you can actually print and turn in to a bank.

    All sample plans included are real plans. You may use them as a starting point, but even if one exactly matches your type of business, it will still have different start-up costs, location, management team and market research information.

    What is important is that Business Plan Pro will work to develop your own plan, for your specific business. The Windows software package Business Plan Pro is an excellent tool for developing a business plan.

    I hope this was helpful!

    Casi Deatherage
    Palo Alto Software
    Customer Care

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    It is always worthwhile to take time assessing your business plan before you commence a new project or company: mistakes which could prove costly in practice can be eliminated painlessly on paper!

    Remember that a Business Plan and your Marketing Strategies Plan are quite different, and don’t forget your cashflow forecasts, profit and loss projections, start-up capital, ongoing capital, buy-out plans and expansion plans, bank financing and sales training! Setting up business on paper is quite a venture!

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  • Spring

    Hi, I’m writing a business plan for Business class, and it is a prety rough task. Easy for me because my plan is based on averages and similarities between businesses.

    In my textbook though, it is mentioning things that are needed in a business plan, but I am finding it really difficult to see what is the most important information to take from the paragraphs. Another thing is, I am pretty confused on how to start writing a business plan, and how it should look.
    I can’t find any samples of business plans!
    I can only find outlines.

    I really like this outline the most because it goes into detail, but I’m thinking that each different headline would have to be a different paragraph or page.. or is it points?

    I’m lost, please get back to me, thanks!

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  • http://www.paloalto.com Casi Deatherage

    Hello Spring,

    Business Plan Pro includes 500+ sample plans. Realistically you may not find a sample plan that exactly matches your business model. You may find several in your industry that are close or related. It is important to understand that we include sample plans as idea generators and examples, not as plans that you can actually print and turn in to a bank.

    All sample plans included are real plans. You may use them as a starting point, but even if one exactly matches your type of business, it will still have different start-up costs, location, management team and market research information.

    Business Plan Pro will guide you through the process with a flexible outline of about four dozen topics organized into chapters, topics, and subtopics, with links to the proper tables and charts. Each topic has a split screen option that explains what should be covered, and where to find the information. With the click of a single button, you may view an example of what that topic will look like in the finished business plan.

    I hope this information was helpful.

    Casi Deatherage
    Palo Alto Software
    Customer Care

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    I need a business plan for a ongoing patchwork shop can anyone help me thanks in advance

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    Just a small question, I’m 20 and want to buy a business for 200k what chance do i have with the bank?

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    thank you.

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    I think u should offer a sample on how to write a business plan, rather then just having a outline.

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    Are there plans that can be used by the debt buying / collection industry??

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  • CJ

    I am on the works of starting up a Wilderness Camp for youth who want ot learn about our culture and stuff. I am really enjoying it alot and it’s getting me a brief description of how and where to run my business.My main goal is to teach children about races and we aren’t so different so with this. It has really dug into my heart and made me reach out to so many different races.And to me, all races are one.

    Fantastic, CJ! Good luck!!

    ‘Chelle Parmele
    Palo Alto Software

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  • Avonlene

    Hello Tim, I’m looking for a business plan for my vision which is helping women, women from jail, battered and hurt, how would I write a business plan for this

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  • CB

    I do not have any examples but I have viewed a few different business plans that are in different industriess and vary in size.

    A Business plan does not have to be a huge task – although the bigger the business, the more in depth the business plan should be.

    I have heard of people that have written their bp’s on cocktail napkins.

    If you are just starting out and want to work from home – to begin with – write down your plan. You aren’t going to just sit on your couch and have work fall in your lap, are you?
    How are you going to get the work?
    Do you already have customers lined up?
    How much money are you going to have to invest?
    Do you need to buy equipment?
    Are you going to have to hire help?

    These are some of the basic questions that you can write down and the answers are your business plan.

    Maybe you could start by writing the answers to the questions above and then sit down and ask yourself some more questions – and then answer them. After you have compiled a list of questions and answers – organize them by using the Outline.

    The bottom line – you can’t use someone elses business plan. It has to be for you – and your business alone. Someone else may have answered all of those questions differntly.

    Be unique. If you find you just can’t figure it out, hire someone to do it for you – and if you do figure it out – maybe you could open a business that writes business plans for other people.

    Oooh – that sounds like a good idea – I gotta go! I have something I want to write:)

    Good luck all!
    Geek in the Woods

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    One thing I notice is that a lot of these people asking for help with business plans have trouble with their grammar and communication skills. These are VERY important for a business plan. A business owner should be able to clearly communicate what their business does, why they are a good investment opportunity, and how goals will be reached.
    I’m not trying to destroy anyone’s dreams, just inject a dose of reality.

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    Ive read an article on entrepreneur’s website about Creating a Sales Forecast by mr Berry.
    It also mentions that you can find an existing product similar to your product and looking at their sales and base your sales on that.

    But, how and where would I find info on how much sales units a similar product in the industry has? Is their a website I could go to in order to find this info?

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