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A well-thought business plan is an essential must-do for startup ventures. It'll be required for any credit or other financing, but even if you're flying solo on a shoestring, a business plan will help keep you focused on what you know will create success. Explore these guidelines and samples to create your own top-notch business plan.
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Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Avoid the Business Planning Process
The most common reasons entrepreneurs fail to complete a business plan.

The Business Plan: Not just a blueprint
Business planning is a vital component of starting and growing a successful enterprise. Many different templates and variations of business plans exist, so you must choose the right one for your purpose and your enterprise. Having a business and knowing what to do with it are very separate issues and creating a well-executed business plan for the right reasons will enhance the odds that your venture will be one of the ones to succeed.

The Business Plan: A Relic or a Necessity for Today's Entrepreneur?
Small business CPA Michael Hanley says most entrepreneurs don't need one. "I am not a proponent of entrepreneurs creating business plans," Hanley notes. "I view business plans as the #1 barrier to starting a business; 95 percent of the time, once you start your business, you end up going in a completely different direction than you had planned...See submissions

Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded
There are plenty of business plan resources available on the Web. Most of them focus on what to do, but many times the best lessons are learned from mistakes and seeing how to avoid them. Guest author Akira Hirai takes a look at the most common, easily avoidable mistakes that will keep investors from funding your project.

A 12-Month Strategic Plan in One Hour
You can make dramatic improvements in your business by taking a single hour and a single sheet of paper to create an actionable 12-month strategic plan.

The Ten-Step, One-Day Strategic Plan
The Ten-Step, One-Day Strategic Plan

Business Plan for Home-based Business
This in-depth guide to creating a business plan for home-based business was created at the University of Central Arkansas' Small Business Advancement National Center, which appears to no longer be online. Fortunately, archive.org has a copy still.

SWOT Analysis - A Peek Behind the Curtain
Nearly any company or individual can benefit from utilizing a SWOT analysis. If nothing else, you will likely come away with some newfound insights and valuable data that should help in solidifying your next step. And in many cases, a look behind the curtain may fundamentally alter how you perceive the situation.

Business Plan Outline
This article walks you through the elements of a business plan in an easy-to-follow format and provides you a template.

How to Do a Breakeven Analysis
If you can accurately forecast your costs and sales, conducting a breakeven analysis is a matter of simple math. A company has broken even when its total sales or revenues equal its total expenses. At the breakeven point, no profit has been made, nor have any losses been incurred. This calculation is critical for any business owner, because the...

I Have a Great Idea For a Business. Now What Do I Do?
You've got a great idea for a business. Now how do you get started? From finding the right strategic alliances to business planning to fundraising, here are a clear set of steps to help you get started.

Interactive Business Planner
This exceptional online software will guide you through the creation of a 3 year business plan--for free!

The "Defendable Swag" -- How to Realistically Estimate Your Market Potential
There is a fundamental flaw in the thinking process of many entrepreneurs out there in the midst of building their companies and seeking angel or venture capitalist investment: simply put, their market projections cannot be defended. The total available market (TAM), around which the typical entrepreneur plans to build their pro forma business model, is often defined by figures pulled from some random analyst report off the Internet.

Critical Steps to Writing a Business Plan
Writing a business plan can be an overwhelming task. These feelings often translate into immobilization or confusion as to how to start the business plan. Learn the critical steps to start your plan on the right foot.

Business Plan FAQ
Our Small Business Information Guide answers common questions about business plans, from whether or not you really need one to the most common mistakes people make when writing them.

Interactive Business Planner
This exceptional online software will guide you through the creation of a 3 year business plan--for free!

Business Plan for Home-based Business
This in-depth guide to creating a business plan for home-based business was created at the University of Central Arkansas' Small Business Advancement National Center, which appears to no longer be online. Fortunately, archive.org has a copy still.

3 Simple Principles to Increase the Value of your Business
Tips on how to increase cash flow, decrease risk and prepare to take advantage of appropriate market place dynamics to maximize the value of your business.

How Storytelling Techniques Can Jazz Up Your Business Plan
Storytelling techniques to help your business plan including point of view, conflict, coherence and more.

Business Plan: The Marketing Plan
How to define the marketing plan for your business plan in four easy steps

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