The business plan template below is broken into sections as described in the table of contents.Each section of the template can be copied into a Word, Excel or similar office document by selecting the text and using copy/paste.If using Windows, outline the text to be selected with the mouse and hit CTRL C to copy and CTRL V to paste.
Capping your plan at 30 pages should be sufficient unless you need to include photos of products, equipment, logos, business premises or site plans, etc.
Potential money lenders and investors want solid research and analysis, not long, wordy descriptions.
See How to Write The Management Plan Section of the Business Plan before addressing this section.
Ownership Structure The operating plan outlines the physical requirements of your business, such as office, warehouse, retail space, equipment, inventory and supplies, labor, etc.
A corporate business plan for a large organization can be hundreds of pages long.
However, for a small business, it's best to keep the plan short and concise, especially if you intend to submit it to bankers or investors.
Pros of using a business plan template: A good business plan template can help you get your thoughts organized.
It can provide a guideline so you’re not stuck looking at a blank page trying to figure out where to start.
You can turn to How to Write the Competitors Analysis Section of the Business Plan for help.
The Target Market description and Competitive Analysis portions can be two separate sections in the plan or combined as shown: A description of how you intend to entice customers to buy your product(s) or service(s), including advertising/promotion, pricing strategy, sales and distribution, and post-sales support if applicable.