Business Planning - Creating Plans

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- Ask Bob About Creating Plans - Streetwise Tips on Creating Plans
"Investors and lenders don't want to hear phrases like - this business has incredible potential."

Why Plan Your Business?
Think of the reasons for your company's success. You'll probably come up with a series of traits that are uniquely yours-characteristics that your larger competitors can't begin to duplicate.

Creating Your Business Plan
The hardest part of creating a business plan is getting the energy together to get started. At first it seems like a daunting task.

Outline of a Complete Business Plan
" Summary ... Vision ... Market Analysis ... Competitive Analysis ... Creating the financials of the business plan ... "

Structuring Your Business Plan
Think of your business plan as a production line. What goes in at the start are raw material and unfinished assemblies.

Developing a Business Plan
Throughout the process of creating a plan, you need to keep in mind the objective of the plan. Why are you writing the plan? Is it to manage the business? Or is it to raise money?

Planning For Profits
" No matter how small or large your business, you've got to aggressively plan the work-and then work the plan! "

Attracting Equity Investor
People don't invest in small companies to lend a helping hand. They invest to make money. And they expect to make a lot of money.

Getting a Bank Loan
Traditionally bankers look at what are called the three `c's`: character, credit and collateral.

Getting Equity Money
They often aren't impressed by the management team. Ideally they want to see someone in the group who has already participated in a highly successful start-up.

Frequently Asked Business Plan Questions
Should I hire an expert to prepare the financials?
It's better to prepare them yourself. A potential lender or equity investor wants to see not only that the numbers look good, but also that you understand them inside and out.

Rainbow Kites, Inc.
Review a complete business plan sample for the fictitious business Rainbow Kites.

Business Plan Developers on BizBuyer
Consultants can prepare the detailed, comprehensive plan for your business to take your company to the next level.

Featured Software

Complete Business Plan
Designed for the real world
You need a business plan that addresses the tough issues head-on. The issues that bankers and investors really care about; the issues that will determine your success. Your plan needs to include: A realistic competitive analysis. A strategy that sets you apart from the competition. A marketing plan that fits your budget. Sales and profitability projections that you can justify and achieve! That's the kind of plan you'll create with Adams Streetwise Business Plan!
Regular price: $69.95
Web Resources
A business plan consulting firm offering customized business plan development services.

Business Plan Reviewing Services
Sells a business plan reviewing services get feedback on how to improve you plan before you present it to investors.

Canada BC Business Service Centre
Guide and explanation for how and why to writing a Business Plan.

Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence
Show you the elements to include in your business plan.

The Howard University Development
Provides a sample business plan as a guide to writing your own plan.

Inland Empire Small Business Development Center
Provides an explanation for what a business plan is and why you need to prepare one.

Michael A. Ross, CPA
A CPA firm offering customized and professional business plan documentation and capital formation services.

Missouri Small Business Development
A sample business plan for a fictitious fitness center, illustrating plan layout.

Provides a business plan template for developing your own business plan.

ProPlan Inc.
Provider of business plan writing and consulting services.

The Restaurant Business Plan
Provides a complete sample business plan for a restaurant start-up.

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