7 Tips For Writing A Start-Up Business Plan

Please raise your hand if you’ve ever been frustrated about what to put in a business plan? What will convince an investor to give you money? We’ve all been there. And it seems like the answer keeps changing depending on who you talk to.

The problem, or rather the truth, is that there is no “one fit all” solution. So the bad news is: even a step by step guide to writing a business plan won’t really make your plan “good”. The good news is, you really don’t need a step by step guide to make your plan compelling enough to close investment.

There are many different formats and there really isn’t a “universal” length for a perfect business plan. Depending on your product or industry, it can range anywhere between 10-100, and sometimes more, pages.

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5 Points You Can’t Forget on Your Business Plan

If there’s one key determinate of the success of your company it’s your business plan. You need to make sure your business plan contains all of the details that you can conceive of, and that you make sure all of the pieces thoughtfully fit together properly. At the very least your business plan needs to include:

1. Summarize Your Goals for Your Business

You can’t reach a goal if you aren’t building towards it from the beginning. You want to be as specific as possible when you write down your business’ goals. All businesses need a minimum of one single clear goal, but most businesses will have a range of large goals they’re working towards. Before you do anything else you need to figure out what measurable and unambiguous goals you’ll be working towards. This is square one, the first step that all your other plans will rely on.

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Top 3 Reasons For Writing Business Plans

Whether you are a start up or established business, and whether you are a non-profit organization, writing a business plan can be one of the most useful things you can do for your business. Obviously there are different types of business plans depending on the nature of your company or organization. It’s not enough that you have a “hunch” your new start up will be a roaring success, or you believe your latest web. 2.0 idea a surefire “ten bagger” success for the lucky venture capitalist. There are people who need to take a close look at your business plan; whether it’s you, internal management or external investors. In this article, we will look at the top three reasons for writing business plans.

First to answer the question: “Is the business feasible?”

Before you actually commit funds, manpower and time on starting a business, it helps to actually have a “dry run” to see if the venture you have in mind has a good chance of success. The business planning process forces you to look at what your competitors are doing and to ask yourself how you can differentiate your product or service. Typically we call this a SWOT analysis – Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. At the same time you want to identify, as clearly as possible your unique selling proposition. This can be a special feature or something unique about your branding. Just be different and attractive in the eyes of your target market. Going through this process will give you a better idea of you chances for success in the marketplace.

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