Here's some advice on how to include things like a sales forecast, expense budget, and cash-flow statement. Based in the Washington, D. Getty Images A business plan is all conceptual until you start filling in the numbers and terms.
In order to put your business concept on paper, you need to think through and research the many factors that are needed to make sure your business is a success. With a plan, not only can you spot potential weaknesses, opportunities, and threats, your plan can help you make informed decisions about your venture before you commit yourself legally or financially.
Executive summary Your executive summary should be 1—2 pages long, and provide an overview of your business concept, key objectives of your business and your plan, ownership structure, management team, your product or service offering, target market scompetitive advantages, marketing strategy, and a summary of your financial projections.
Products and Services Expand upon your products and services, including features and benefits, competitive advantages, and, if marketing a product, how and where your products will be produced.
Discuss product or service pricing and promotion, including how your promotional programs will appeal to each of your target market segments.
Provide a plan of traditional and guerrilla marketing tactics, such as tradeshows, press-magnet events, social media marketing e. Include the cost associated with each tactic. Describe how your products or services will be sold e. Operations Plan Provide a profile of your management team, your human resources plan, your business location s and facilities, your production plan if selling a productand an overview of day-to-day operations.
Summarize each statement into a few easy-to-understand sentences and put these in a cover page for the statements. Be sure to document all of the assumptions you used in forecasting your revenues and expenses.
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