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How to write a B-Plan
Massachusetts: 1. Description: Kick off your plan with a one-page description of your business. a business consultant in Amesbury. Mission Statement: Lay the groundwork for your 'brand promise' in a one or two paragraph description of what your company will be to its customers. consider the following tips offered by Ken Halkin. Vision Statement: Write a concise one.or two-paragraph vision statement. Goals: Make a list of three to five long-term goals that translate your company's vision into specific. Values: Provide a list of three to five core principles upon which you will build the business and stick to no matter what.How to Write a Business Plan: The Essential Pieces Turning to what you DO want to focus on. 4. which gives your answer to the question: 'What do we want this company to become over the next five to 10 years?' 3. relevant and time-specific objectives. 1 Spirit: The entrepreneurship Cell . 5. Give a brief history of the business and its ownership structure by focusing on: Who you are What you do Where you are 2. attainable. measurable.
e. Industry Analysis 2 Spirit: The entrepreneurship Cell Customer Analysis Competitive Analysis . Market differentiation: Take the next page to detail what makes your product or service unique in the market by answering questions like: What makes you different from your competition that actually matters to your target customer? What is your unique value proposition? What is your big bold brand promise? 6 (b). based on the results. demographics. buying patterns)? 6 (a). Marketing mix: Use the next page or so to detail the methods you will use to deliver that message.6. 6 (c). Measurement: Follow the previous two sections with another half-page describing how you will measure the effectiveness of each of those delivery methods and. 6 (d). adjust your plan accordingly. Market research: Take the next two to three pages to briefly answer the following questions: What do you know about your industry? What do you know about your competition? Who is your target customer and what do you know about them (i. Marketing message: Based on the answers you outline above. take the next half page to explain the message you plan to communicate to your target market.
Sales: Take the next full page to summarize your sales plan by answering these questions: What is your overall sales process? What are the specific steps in your process? o o o o How are leads generated? How are they researched / qualified? How do you get in front of your customer? How do you close the sale? How will you achieve the optimal sales cycle? 8. chart)? Suppliers 3 Spirit: The entrepreneurship Cell Firm Distributors . equipment. take one to two pages to answer the following questions: How will you produce the product and/or deliver the service? What are the logistics? What business process will you employ? What facility. Operations plan: Now.7. and other resource needs are involved? How will you assure and measure quality and customer satisfaction? Who are the key players? What are their backgrounds and qualifications? What are their specific roles? How will the business be organized (org.
Halkin also recommends that you put together a detailed strategic plan that establishes the strategies.to five-year balance sheet projections Sources and uses of funds if you are raising capital 11. the narrative portion of your plan should be 10 to 15 pages. use a footnote to alert readers that more detailed financial schedules and assumptions will exist in a separate document.to five-year cash-flow projections Three. using the same narrative style you have been using throughout the plan. Then. keep the details about your financials brief. if applicable Revenue projections with detailed assumptions Three. with perhaps another eight to 15 pages of attachments and schedules related to the additional details of the marketing and financial sections. consider telling your story by providing the following information: Start-up costs.9. Executive Summary: Save the beginning for the end by taking one to two pages to write a concise synopsis of the entire plan. Personnel Plan: Use one page to describe your 'people' plan by answering questions like: What personnel are needed now to accomplish current goals? How will the number of people needed change with the growth of the business? 10. accountability and timelines for achieving the one-year goals of the business. If you have followed these guidelines. 4 Spirit: The entrepreneurship Cell . To keep focused. steps. Financial Plan: As noted earlier.
' Detailed finances: 'Bottom line . http://www.businessnewsdaily.liveplan. founder and CEO of New York City-based New Designs for Life.com Some Useful Resources 1.planware.freebizplansoftware. according to Malla Haridat.html 7.diybizplan. http://www. http://howtowriteabusinessplan.com/ideas 6.org/resources/tab-a 2.com 8.net 6.bplans. www.enloop. www. www. But you should be able to summarize it into one page max.' An overwritten product description: 'You need to spend no more than a paragraph on this.com 7. www.com/sites/davelavinsky/2013/07/18/business-plantemplate-what-to-include/ 5.com 3.bplans.How to Write a Business Plan: A Few Don'ts With that in mind.about. www.forbes.How much money do you have? How much does it take to run the business? How much will you earn (hopefully)?' B-Plan Tools 1. www.capitalbusinessplan.score.com 2.com/1854-business-plantemplates.htm 4. http://www. here are some suggestions for things to leave OUT of your summary business plan. http://www.sba.org 4. www.com 5.planhq. http://www.iplanner.gov/category/navigation-structure/starting-managingbusiness/starting-business/how-write-business-plan 8.com/cs/businessplans/a/bizplanwhy. www. www.com/free_planning_software 9.com 3. http://sbinfocanada.sequoiacap. an organization that teaches children about entrepreneurship: Excessive market research: 'You need to do a tight analysis of your product or service and the competitors.com/ 5 Spirit: The entrepreneurship Cell . www.