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Writing a Professional Business Plan By Naz Daud

  in Business | Published 2010-02-01 01:45:50 | 224 Reads | Unrated

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When you are considering starting a new business it is absolutely vital to draw up a business plan A business plan provides details of the type of business you are planning to start, the market you are aiming for, and exactly how you intend to go about penetrating and surviving in that market

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When you are considering starting a new business it is absolutely vital to draw up a business plan. A business plan provides details of the type of business you are planning to start, the market you are aiming for, and exactly how you intend to go about penetrating and surviving in that market. A key part of the plan is to predict the financial results and anticipated growth of the business for a number of years going forward.

Preparing a professional business plan can provide you with many advantages, including considerably enhancing your chances of securing external funding to
get your enterprise up and running. Any potential investors, from the banks to grant providers, venture capitalist firms or even friends and family who may be interested in giving you financial assistance, are more likely to be persuaded by a well prepared business plan.

The process of developing the plan can also be helpful in other ways, as having your ideas laid out in black and white can often make it easier for you to spot any shortcomings or weaknesses before they actually occur.
While writing up such a document may sound a little intimidating, particularly if you have never done such a thing before, in fact it is not all that difficult. There are a number of simple steps to follow that will enable you to draw up a professional looking business plan without too much blood, sweat or tears. The plan should include such details as the date you are planning to launch your business and what plans you may already have in place to fund it. The best way to structure the plan is to break it down into several clear sections.

1. An executive summary.

This is an opportunity for you to provide an overview of your business idea. Many potential investors have been known to base their entire decision on this section alone. It needs to give the basics of the entirety of your business plan in a succinct fashion, that is to say no more than two pages in length. Use a lively and interesting writing style.

2. A brief description of yourself, what your business intends to offer and to whom.

Write down your ideas on how to market and sell whatever products or services your business is going to offer. Provide information about yourself and anyone else who is involved with your business. Include any professional qualifications and relevant business or practical experience.

3. Operations information.

Where the company will be located and what facilities it will have.

4. Financial information.

This section looks at the business costs, your intended sources of income, how much capital you already have and how you intend to repay any debts you may accrue in setting up the business. It should also include an analysis of the perceived level of risk involved.

The forecast should detail your expectations for the first three years of the new business, but particular detail should be provided to cover the first twelve months of trading.

An up to date and professional business plan is essential if your business is to get off the ground and stay on track in future years.

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