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Write a business plan

Writ­ing a busi­ness plan helps to define your com­pa­ny’s goals. It informs poten­tial investors about where you see your com­pa­ny going and how you plan to get there. And, you can use this plan to rate your company’s per­for­mance over time so you can make adjust­ments when necessary.

The fol­low­ing resources will help you put togeth­er a plan for your company:

Business Plans Handbook

Sam­ple plans tak­en from busi­ness­es in the man­u­fac­tur­ing, retail and ser­vice industries.

Anatomy of a Business Plan

Anato­my of a Busi­ness Plan

by Lin­da Pin­son
Appro­pri­ate for both busi­ness own­ers and man­agers, this guide describes the pur­pose and com­po­nents of the exec­u­tive sum­ma­ry, orga­ni­za­tion­al plan, mar­ket­ing plan and finan­cial doc­u­ments that make up a pro­fes­sion­al look­ing busi­ness plan.

Business Plans Made Easy

Busi­ness Plans Made Easy

by Mark Hen­ricks and John Rid­dle
This easy-to-use vol­ume con­tains tech­niques, hints and tips for cre­at­ing effec­tive busi­ness plans.

Business Plans That Work

Busi­ness Plans That Work

The ele­ments of suc­cess­ful busi­ness plans are explained.

How to Create a Successful Business Plan

How to Cre­ate a Suc­cess­ful Busi­ness Plan

by David E. Gumpert
Fea­tures the busi­ness plans of Piz­za Hut, Celes­tial Sea­son­ings and Ben & Jerry’s.

Small Business Association’s Guide to Writing a Business Plan

Small Busi­ness Association’s Guide to Writ­ing a Busi­ness Plan

Learn about the essen­tial ele­ments of a busi­ness plan and get detailed instruc­tion about how to put your plan on paper.