If it's your first time writing a formal restaurant business plan, it's easy to make mistakes. In the competitive restaurant industry, however, it's good to be as prepared as possible—so here are the pitfalls to avoid.

Writing a Business Plan

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Restaurant Business Plan

If it's your first time writing a formal restaurant business plan, it's easy to make mistakes. In the competitive restaurant industry, however, it's good to be as prepared as possible—so here are the pitfalls to avoid.

By AJ Beltis |

How to Build a Restaurant Sales Forecast

There is no single right way to do a restaurant sales forecast. The best sales forecast method will vary according to how you manage information, how much past data you have access to, and what special factors drive your business. We'll walk you through an example restaurant sales forecast to help you build your own.

By Tim Berry |

How to Write a Business Plan [Updated for 2019]

Everything you wanted to know about writing a business plan, in one place—from the executive summary to appendix. Get started writing your business plan today.

By Noah Parsons |

SWOT Analysis Step 1: How to Identify Your Strengths

As an entrepreneur, you want to know your business inside and out so you can make informed, strategic decisions. To do that, a SWOT analysis is the key. Here's how to perform a SWOT analysis on your business.

By Lisa Furgison |

How to Create an Expense Budget

Being right on budget is usually a good thing, but good management involves regularly reviewing your budget to check on the timing, efficiency, and results of what your business spends.

By Tim Berry |

Solopreneurs Can Grow Faster and Smarter With a Lean Business Plan

You've made the decision to become a solopreneur, and you know exactly what you're going to do. But do you really know if it will work? Having a business plan will help you find out for sure—and a Lean Business Plan is faster, easier, and more effective for a solopreneur than a lengthy formal business plan.

By Margaret Kerr-Jarrett |

How to Write a Business Plan: Use This Checklist to Keep Yourself on Task

Business planning isn't just a one-time event, and it doesn't have to be overly complicated. We've created a business planning checklist to help make the process easier—no matter what kind of plan you need to write.

By Candice Landau |

How to Get the Most Out of a Sample Business Plan

The basic idea of a sample business plan makes perfect sense. If you haven’t done a business plan before, a sample plan gives you an instant idea of what you should include, how to structure it, even what to write. Here's how to get the most out of a sample business plan.

By Sabrina Parsons |

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If it's your first time writing a formal restaurant business plan, it's easy to make mistakes. In the competitive restaurant industry, however, it's good to be as prepared as possible—so here are the pitfalls to avoid.