Sample Business Plans
If this your first time starting a business, guessing what needs to go into a business plan can be perplexing. The best thing to do is to learn from samples so that your business plan is complete in all respects.
How to use a sample plan for best results
Choose a similar sample plan from the same industry
The sample plan you use does not have to be identical to your company. There are likely to be many differences between your business model and our templates. However, an exact fit is not even needed. All you need is a business plan for the same industry or niche.
For example, if you plan to open a boutique, a plan for a clothing store may be close enough. You might still make the specific changes you need, however, the broad contours of the business plan are likely to be similar.
Use a sample as a guide
To make your pitch persuasive and unique, you should make it your own. Copying another business plan can be counterproductive. That’s because no two businesses are alike. For investors to say ‘yes’, your business plan needs to be clear and distinct.
A business plan helps you codify your business idea. From the upfront costs to sales and revenues, it puts into perspective the things that matter the most when it comes to starting your own business. Once you have a plan, you are ready to begin executing on it.
Then, there is the competition. To survive in business, you’ll need to know who your competitors are. This will help you identify the opportunities and the threats you are likely to face during the course of running your business. Do the numbers to understand how much you will need to start and scale your business. Be realistic as someone else’s financials may not match your own.
Business planning is an on-going activity, not a document.
Business planning is not a one-time affair; it is something that needs to be done on a regular basis. A business plan tells all stakeholders- including investors- what you want to achieve and by when. It clarifies your vision for the business in objective terms and helps you organise the resources you will need to realise it. A sustainable business plan inspires confidence and cooperation, eventually creating value for customers and trust among employees.
Improvise your plan to suit changing business needs.
Measuring your actual performance against the objective goal is critical to ensure that your business remains viable for the long term. A business plan serves as an important management tool that tells you whether you are making profits or losses. With the insights it gives you, you can make course corrections to meet or exceed the targets you have set for your business.
Any business faces a lot of uncertainties during its day to day operations. An effective business plan helps it prioritize its activities for maximum returns. Compared to the opportunities, resources are always scarce. To utilize the available resources, a documented business plan is vital. If your business is turning a profit, you can develop new products for new customers. If it is making losses, a business plan can help you identify the shortfalls and address them.
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By now, you are probably raring to get started on your own business plan. With Wise Business Plans, you now have access to a wide range of resources to make the task much easier. All you need is a few minutes.
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