Create a Business Plan for Fewer Hassles and Faster Growth

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Writing a business plan can help make sure Office Space doesn’t feel relatable [ source ]. If you’re coming up with a business plan for a new venture, there’s a good chance you can relate to this scene. Business planning reduces hassles and friction.

5 Startup Cost Realities Most Founders Underestimate

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Image via Flickr by Phil Gyford Starting a new venture still costs real money, even though the entry price has come down dramatically in last few decades. Unfortunately, even today, building a good product doesn’t guarantee you a business. Staffing and people-management costs.

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10 Venture Realities Will Position Your Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture you will love this message. In that context, it could be a social enterprise, or even a hobby, and a business plan may not be beneficial.

What Is a Business Plan?

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This article is part of our “ Business Planning Guide “ —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! What is a business plan? How to choose the right kind of business plan. What is a business plan?

Startups Without Business Plans Are Expensive Hobbies

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If you sold your last startup for $800 million, you probably already know how to build a business, and even conservative investors won’t worry about the quality of your next business plan. Most investors tend to think of startups without a plan as expensive hobbies.

8 Common Business Plan Mistakes

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This article is part of our Business Planning Guide —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! What are the most common mistakes when writing a business plan ? Unless the bank or the investors want a plan, there is no plan.

A Standard Business Plan Outline [Updated for 2017]

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This article is part of our “Business Planning Guide” —a curated list of our articles that will help you with the planning process! Start from the very beginning understanding that your business plan ought to be specific to your business needs and objectives.

How to Write a Business Plan for a Cannabis Company

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One of our Bplans writers described going into business in cannabis as a “ once-in-a-generation opportunity ,” with the product rapidly becoming legal for recreational as well as medical use in many states. You can choose from a few different types of business plans depending on your needs.

6 Situations Where A Business Plan Does Not Add Value

Startup Professionals Musings

Writing a business plan is hard work, so I get lots of pushback from prospective new venture founders that it’s just a waste of their valuable time in this rapidly changing environment. They all claim to have the plan in their head, and writing it down will only slow down their success.

The Different Types of Business Plans

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Business plans go by many names: Strategic plans, operational plans, internal plans, and many others. Lately, I’ve been focusing on lean business plans. There are also one-page business plans, although those are really more summaries.

Why Your Tiny Startup Needs A Business Plan

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You might be thinking that a business plan doesn’t make any sense for your small new enterprise. After all you are not planning on trying to get even a bank loan, let alone venture capital. Isn’t that what business plans are really for anyway: raising money?

10 Startup Priorities May Negate The Business Plan

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If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture you will love this message. In that context, it could be a social enterprise, or even a hobby, and a business plan may not be beneficial.

Investor Perspective: How to Write a Killer Business Plan

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Startups with a solid business plan and great pitch deck have a far greater chance of gaining investment. In this essay by one of Mercia’s Fund Principals, Ian Wilson, Ian talks about the sorts of things he and the team are looking for when plans come to them for review.

6 Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Restaurant Business Plan

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If you’re serious about opening a restaurant, you’ll have to draft up a formal and accurate business plan to pitch to banks, investors, and even potential employees. I won’t lie—writing a formal business plan isn’t exactly a breeze. See Also: Business Planning Guide.

How To Quickly Create A Great Business Plan

YoungUpstarts

You know you need a business plan if you want funding. And you know you should have and follow a plan to grow your business. But oftentimes creating a business plan takes too long. Below are some tips to help you complete a great business plan faster: 1.

Estimating Realistic Startup Costs

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This article is part of our Business Startup Guide —a curated list of our articles that will get you up and running in no time! What will it cost to start that business? Startup expenses are those expenses incurred before the business is running. What are startup costs?

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10 Reasons Not To Write A Business Plan First

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If you are one of the new age of entrepreneurs who hates the thought of doing a business plan as a first step in starting your new venture you will love this message. In that context, it could be a social enterprise, or even a hobby, and a business plan may not be beneficial.

8 Reasons Business Plans Fail That No One Wants to Talk About

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As a full-time editor and academic mentor at an academic writing service, I have read hundreds of business plans over the years. To help students and startups, I have compiled a list of reasons business plans are rejected or given a low grade. Bad business ideas.

Why Startup Product Plans Make Poor Business Plans

Startup Professionals Musings

Most technical entrepreneurs I know demand the discipline of a product specification or plan, and then assume that their great product will drive a great business. In reality, you need both, to clarify for yourself and team that you have a viable business solution.

These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable

Startup Professionals Musings

People ask me if they really need ANY business plan, unless they are looking for an outside investor. In fact, a business plan is needed more by you than investors, as the blueprint for your company, team communication, and progress metrics. Explain the business model.

How to Write a Business Plan in Under an Hour

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Most people think that writing a business plan has to be hard. In fact, it’s possible to write your initial business plan in less than an hour. See Also What Type of Business Plan Do I Need? A new kind of business planning.

Entrepreneurs Confuse Product and Business Plans

Startup Professionals Musings

Why is it that most of the business plans I see are really product plans? I define a product plan as a detailed description of your product or service, with a bit of business thrown in at the end. It’s definitely positive to have a product plan.

How to Write a Nonprofit Business Plan

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Starting and running a nonprofit is an exhilarating experience, but it also requires thoughtful planning and execution to be successful. Nonprofit organizations share many overlapping needs with traditional for-profit ventures, including the need for a good business plan.

Lean Business Planning with Tim Berry [VIDEO]

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We recently had Tim Berry, Palo Alto Software founder and business planning expert, present our Bplans audience with his latest advice on lean business planning. Start your lean business plan today: Download our Free Lean Plan Template one-page-pitch-download.pdf.

How to Write a Business Plan

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You’ve reviewed what a business plan is , and why you need one to start and grow your business. It’s time to dig into the process of actually writing a business plan. First, a few must-follow rules for writing a business plan. > Financial Plan.

Investors Expect Ten Essentials in a Business Plan

Startup Professionals Musings

People ask me if they really need ANY business plan, unless they are looking for an outside investor. In fact, a business plan is needed more by you than investors, as the blueprint for your company, team communication, and progress metrics. Explain the business model.

Key Considerations When Writing a Business Plan for Your Startup

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Starting a business is an exciting venture! Every business needs a business plan no matter how large or small it begins. Writing a business plan isn’t a difficult task. To write a good business plan takes a lot of thought and consideration.

How to Map Out an Ecommerce Business Plan in 1 Hour

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Every successful ecommerce business needs to begin with a plan. Plus, research shows that people who plan are more likely to be successful. The first step, therefore, is to fill in the details and create a structured approach for launching your online business.

Business Plan Financial Forecasts Test Your Savvy

Startup Professionals Musings

In reality, you need to set these projections as goals for your own use, to convince employees as well as investors that you have a business which is challenging, but achievable. Otherwise, sales, marketing, and operational costs will kill you. Plan to re-forecast every quarter.

What Type of Business Plan Do I Need?

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Unsure what kind of business plan you need? And also, what real business owners want—lean business plans for better management. In this article, we’re going to help you figure out which plan is the one for you. All businesses start with a lean plan.

Tips for Writing a Successful Business Plan for a Daycare Center

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Working out a business plan for your daycare center can be a challenge. As someone who owns eight successful daycares in the Chicago area, I know the strategies and approaches that work when it comes to developing a sound business plan for a daycare center. Software costs.

Pull Investors to Your Business Plan With a Summary

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Modern investors love to first read a two-page summary of your business plan, formatted like a glossy marketing collateral sheet, with text well laid out in columns and sidebars, and a couple of relevant graphics. Business model.

The Four Cornerstones of Every Business Plan

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By Akira Hirai The thought of preparing a business plan for the first time can be very intimidating. Pretty much anything that goes into a business plan falls into one of these four categories: Opportunity : Every successful business exploits an opportunity.

How to Write a Business Plan for a Subscription Box Service

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But with so many people trying to get their share of the growth, many subscription box businesses fold within a year or two. There are several different types of business plans that can help you stay on track. Marketing and sales plan. Financial plan. Future plans.

What Makes a Successful Business Plan?

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Every year, I spend a lot of time reading and judging business plans for business plan competitions. I have read some great plans and some not-so-great plans, but that is how it always turns out in any business plan competition.

The 7 Most Frequently Underestimated Startup Costs

YoungUpstarts

The launch of a new company can cost between hundreds and millions of dollars, but what’s essential isn’t the amount of money you invest, but how you plan for and accommodate expenses. These are the seven most frequently underestimated costs associated with startups: 1.

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Business Plan Financial Models are Not Black Magic

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Most entrepreneurs tend to avoid this area of the business, and as a result are badly surprised by cost realities, and investor expectations. What is a business financial model, really? While people start businesses for many reasons, making money is usually important.

6 Business Idea Validation Tactics to Improve Your Business Planning

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In this article, I’ll give a quick overview of the best practices for validating your business idea in use today. See Also: Our Best Resources to Help You Find a Business Idea. Idea validation and Lean Planning. See Also: The History of Lean Planning.

Are Business Plans Still Necessary?

Both Sides of the Table

Many of these businesses were what First Round Capital called FNACs (features, not companies – this acronym has always stuck with me). Someone remind me to do a future post on why I think the Ramen Profitable approach has actually hurt some businesses.

How to Use Your Business Plan to Create an Awesome Company Name

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Everyone knows that a business name is important. Naming is often one of the first business activities where the rubber meets the road—where an idea becomes a reality. We have discovered that a great name evolves from an excellent business plan.

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20 Reasons Why You Need a Business Plan

Growthink Blog

Below are our top 20 reasons why you need a business plan. Reference our proven business plan template to most quickly and easily complete your plan. To prove that you’re serious about your business. To establish business milestones. Business Plannin

7 Necessary Components For Your New Business Plan

YoungUpstarts

If you’re starting a new business, do not take one more sip of coffee, one more step and spend one penny before you write your business plan. The executive summary is the first and most important part of your business plan. Thinking Aloud business plan

These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable

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People ask me if they really need ANY business plan, unless they are looking for an outside investor. In fact, a business plan is needed more by you than investors, as the blueprint for your company, team communication, and progress metrics. Explain the business model.