What is a business plan?
A business plan is a written document that outlines your business idea. It’s a road map for your company and can be used to manage it, get funding, and communicate with others.
For example, if you have an idea for a new restaurant but don’t know where to begin or how much money it will cost, creating a plan will help you see where you’re at in the process and what needs to happen next.
Business plan format
To write a business plan, you’ll need to consider the following:
The business plan should be easy to read and understand. It would be best if you were clear and concise. If your writing is unclear or too long, people will lose interest in reading it before they even begin.
It needs to be easy for you and others who may be working on this project with you (your colleagues). It means that you shouldn’t use any jargon or complex words in your writing so everyone can follow along easily without having trouble understanding what’s being said at any given moment while creating this document itself!
The executive summary is a concise and compelling summary of your business idea. It should be no more than one page or as short as possible (one to two pages). The purpose of this document is to get your audience engaged and excited about what they will learn from reading it.
This section should be easy for anyone who reads it, including non-specialists who may not have all the knowledge required to appreciate its contents thoroughly. In addition, you should ensure that the language used throughout this document is simple enough for someone unfamiliar with finance jargon or accounting practices. But also detailed enough so there isn’t confusion about how essential parts work together or why certain decisions were made by someone else before yours arrived on the scene.
A market analysis is a process used to determine your business’s potential size and growth potential. It involves analyzing the current state of the market, as well as predicting how it will grow over time. It can help you determine whether your product or service will be successful in this industry or niche market.
For example, suppose you’re looking at selling cosmetics online but don’t have any data on what kinds of people are already buying makeup online (or even if they are). In that case, it might be difficult for you to decide whether that’s something worth pursuing further down the road.
Key staff members
As an entrepreneur, knowing your key partners and suppliers is important. Consider using another company as part of your supply chain rather than having all purchases handled through one entity. It will help you establish credibility with potential investors. It will also show that other options are available for purchasing goods or services from someone else.
Service or product line
What is the benefit of the service or product?
How does it differentiate from your competitors? If there are any apparent similarities, how will you overcome that disadvantage?
How will it be delivered and marketed (e.g., through distributors)? Will it be sold in stores or online only, or can customers order directly from your website if they wish to do so? Will you provide delivery services for customers who live outside your area but want access to your goods anyway (e.g., if they live close by but don’t have easy access)?
Marketing and sales
Marketing and sales are the lifeblood of a business, but many entrepreneurs get them wrong. Marketing is about creating awareness of your business and products, while sales are about converting that awareness into customers. You need to have both—a marketing strategy and a sales strategy—to make sure you build a successful company!
Financial projections are a part of your business plan. They are a prediction of the future, a forecast for what you expect to happen in the next year or two, and sometimes even longer. The numbers used in financial projections can be quite complex and are not always easy to understand, so you must have someone who understands them as well as you do if they’re going to help write your business plan!
Many resources are available to help you create a business plan, but it should be your effort. The payoff can be tremendous if you’re willing to spend the time on research and development.About Complete Controller® – America’s Bookkeeping Experts Complete Controller is the Nation’s Leader in virtual bookkeeping, providing service to businesses and households alike. Utilizing Complete Controller’s technology, clients gain access to a cloud platform where their QuickBooks™️ file, critical financial documents, and back-office tools are hosted in an efficient SSO environment. Complete Controller’s team of certified US-based accounting professionals provide bookkeeping, record storage, performance reporting, and controller services including training, cash-flow management, budgeting and forecasting, process and controls advisement, and bill-pay. With flat-rate service plans, Complete Controller is the most cost-effective expert accounting solution for business, family-office, trusts, and households of any size or complexity.