Writing a Business Plan

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.


Free Hair and Beauty Salon Sample Business Plan

A hair and beauty salon sample business plan gives you a snapshot of how another salon structured their business plan. Download a free business plan example from Bplans.


Free Fast Food Restaurant Sample Business Plan

Looking for a free, downloadable restaurant sample business plan? This particular plan is for a fast food restaurant, but keep in mind that an exact match isn't necessary.


8 Reasons Having a Business Plan Is Important for Small Businesses + VIDEO

The importance of having a business plan and reviewing it regularly goes far beyond simple planning and goal-setting. The key is to just get started. It’s really not as hard as you might think! It doesn’t have to be a formal business plan that’s 200 pages long—or even 20—and you don’t need to spend months on it. 


Tools and Resources to Help You Write Your Business Plan

Working on writing your business plan and looking for some tools or resources to make it easier? You don’t have to start from zero or reinvent any wheels. Here are some tools and resources that can help. 


How to Write About Sourcing and Fulfillment in Your Business Plan

The sourcing and fulfillment section of your business plan explains how you build that product. Here's why this section matters, and how to write it.


SWOT Analysis Step 5: Developing Actionable Strategies

Our SWOT challenge was designed to give entrepreneurs a look at their business. Once you have completed your SWOT analysis, here's how to proceed.


SWOT Analysis Challenge Step 4: How to Identify Threats

Every business owner, no matter what stage, should conduct a SWOT analysis on their business. Here's how to determine your threats, so you can be prepared and reduce risk.


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