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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Bakery Business Plan Outline

    A bakery business plan, like any business plan, should tell the story of your future business. Like a novel, story, or play, the business plan has an underlying structure, although its purpose is to convince readers of the business's viability rather than to merely entertain. Much like the inside flap...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Bar Business Plan Writing Tips

    The fact that a bar is such a common and proven business in the United States does not mean that a business plan is not needed. On the contrary, it means that a plan is more necessary than ever to show that you've found the right opportunity for a new...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    In Business Planning, Competition Is Good

    When developing the competition section of your business plan, companies must define competition correctly, select the appropriate competitors to analyze, and explain its competitive advantages. To start, companies must align their definition of competition with investors. Investors define competition as any service or product that a customer can use to...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consultant: How To Choose A Consultant

    You may need to interview a number of different business plan consultants or consulting firms before making a choice of who to work with. It is more important at this stage to make sure you have positive answers to the three questions mentioned in this paper than to simply find...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consultants: What Value Do They Provide?

    A good business plan writer can help take your ideas, research, and calculations and structure them into a professional business plan. A business plan consultant can offer much more value, researching the market and opportunity for you, finding applicable case studies to back up your concept, and offering valuable feedback...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consulting: When To Get Expert Help With Your Plan

    There are many reasons to seek out the help of business plan experts to help you with your plan. This can be for anything from researching, writing, and editing the entire plan to answering specific questions about a plan you've already created. This paper describes few situations in which a...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Executive Summary: Tips For A Killer Executive Summary

    The executive summary is the most important section of a business plan in terms of getting your plan read by funders. Inundated by hundreds of plans, investors and lenders rely on the executive summary, a one or two page summary of the entire business plan, to know if the rest...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Examples: How To Properly Use A Template

    Using a business plan template means getting a head start in the business plan writing process. You will save a significant amount of time in your preparation of the plan, but the challenges you face will be the same. In the end, the success of your business plan will depend...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Formatting Tips: Using Graphs And Charts In Your Business Plan

    Many people ask how many graphs or charts they should have in their business plans. As with most other business planning questions, the answer is "It depends." This paper discusses the key factors influencing the number of graphs and charts to include in your business plan. To begin, the key...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Format: How To Structure Your Business Plan

    This paper provides tips to structure and format your business plan professionally, ensuring that readers look beyond distracting style to the real meat of your idea. Every business plan should begin with a simple cover sheet including the business name, your name and contact information. About ten sections are common...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Addictive Business Plan: Why Business Plans Are Really Marketing Documents

    While the average business plan ranges from twenty to thirty pages in length; on average, investors only read one page of each business plan they receive. Obviously, for a business plan to receive funding, investors have to be encouraged to read the entire business plan, and then take additional action...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Layout: How To Design Your Plan

    The layout of a business plan is not an area where great imagination and creativity is needed or recommended. It should be a more or less straightforward task to design your plan, using industry standard practices which funders have become familiar with through thousands of plans. Use the steps explained...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Length: The Ideal Length Of Your Business Plan

    The goal of the business plan is to create interest - not to have an investor write you a check. In creating interest, the full story of your company need not be told. Rather, the plan should include the essential elements regarding why an investor should invest and spend more...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Outline: Key Sections Of A Business Plan

    All business plans tend to follow a standard structure. This makes evaluating a business plan by a funder a function of the quality and logic of the entire document and not a question of structure. This paper explains about key sections which should be addressed in every business plan: Executive...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Presentation Mistakes To Avoid

    Sometimes investors will want to read your plan, or even just its executive summary, before they meet you to discuss the opportunity. However, if you successfully pass this phase, you will have to present the idea at some point, either formally or informally. When you prepare a deck of slides...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Sample: Getting A Head Start

    Sample business plans can be a great tool as you start to develop your own. By reading full business plans, especially samples for similar businesses to yours, you can learn a lot about what your plan should look like as a final product. To get a head start on your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Software: The Pros And Cons

    When creating a business plan, google searches will reveal software, both to install or use over a website, which can assist in the process. Business plan software can assist many entrepreneurs unfamiliar with business plan format to create their plan more quickly. However, weigh the pros and cons of using...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Templates: Helpful, When Used Correctly

    Using simple business plan templates suited to your business sector and created by a reputable company, can eliminate a lot of time putting together the outline, format, table of contents, and, especially, financial model. Although there is still a great deal of work you must do, even with a template,...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Templates: How To Choose

    If you are searching online for a business plan template to put your business plan writing on the right track, you have a number of company's products to choose from. Generally available for under $100, a business plan template can save you dozens of hours of work and is well...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Writer: When (And When NOT) To Hire One

    The choice of hiring a business plan writer who focuses on the writing of the plan and preparation of the final documents only, versus a business plan consulting firm which can take you through the entire business plan development process, depends on where you are with your understanding of what...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Writing: Presenting The Management Team

    A business does not run itself. Rather, every successful business plan speaks at length about the qualifications of the management team which will move the company forward. Generally, the founder of the company envisions him or herself taking a primary role on this team, but this is not always the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plans And Models For First-Time Entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs who are launching their first business may feel very comfortable with some aspects of what they have to do. For example, they may have run a similar business in the past, or been in charge of sales or marketing, making them intimately familiar with a lot of what must...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Cafe Business Plan Outline

    The business plan for your cafe should follow a standard structure. To distinguish yourself, make sure you have the best and clearest writing within each section. Playing with the outline structure itself in order to stand out is not recommended. The outline is tried-and-true way to communicate your business to...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Car Business Plan: How To Improve Customer Trust

    Building trust between a car dealer and its customers is vital to a successful sales strategy. This should be clear in the business plan, where funders look to see the feasibility of the company once it is launched. Earning customer trust is important because of the bad reputation, deserved or...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Catering Business Plan: Defining Your Market

    This paper provides tips on how to write a successful catering business plan. Specifically, it focuses on how to define your market. The customer analysis within your catering business plan must be narrow enough to make it clear to readers that you have selected some specific target market or markets....

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Child Care Business Plan

    Unless you are lucky enough to have contacts with deep pockets who will invest in your child care business, you will likely need to submit your business plan to professional investors or lenders for their consideration. When doing this, don't consider the business plan an afterthought - it is a...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Cleaning Service Business Plan

    Your cleaning service business plan should discuss not just how you will find customers in the first place, but how you'll hold on to them and discourage them from switching to another firm. After all, it should be much less expensive to keep a customer than to market and sell...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Construction Business Plan: Trends And Strategy

    A construction business is heavily influenced by market trends but your business plan must balance research into these with long-term thinking about the need for your services. Economic trends, such as the boom and bust cycle of the nation, region, or specific locale you are in, drive a lot of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Consulting Firm Business Plan: How To Differentiate

    A business plan for a new consulting firm cannot simply explain the expertise and experience of the founders and expect this to be a convincing argument on its own. The plan must say who the competitors you fill face for business are and describe how your firm is different (your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Convenience Store Business Plan

    Many aspects of your business plan for a convenience store hinge on the choice of products for the store to carry. Certainly, this should be based on the customers you seek to reach with your store. This paper explains about some other considerations that should go into the choice of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Store Business Plan Writing Tips

    The writer of a simple business plan for a new store should use simple language, avoid repeating himself, and always remember the needs of the funders the plan is targeting. This paper provides some tips for how to do that. It cannot be stressed enough that the language you use...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Coffee Shop Business Plan Writing Process

    Your coffee shop business plan is such an important part of your business's launch that you can save time and headache by thinking about the process of writing the plan as well as the content of the plan. This paper explains the major steps of the writing process. Begin by...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Business Planning Process: 5 Steps To Creating A New Plan

    Creating your new business plan involves a detailed process with a number of stages, some of which can overlap. Whether you are writing your plan from scratch or from a template, or working with an experienced business plan writer or consultant, you will find the five steps explained in this...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Develop A Business Plan From Scratch

    To begin with, every business plan is either for a startup or an operating business. Furthermore, every business plan has a purpose or objective. Ask yourself: Why do I need a business plan and who is the intended audience? Provide a clear description of product (s)/service (s) and an understanding...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Create A Business Plan That Gets Noticed

    First, it is important to understand certain ways you do NOT want to get your business plan noticed. It is important that you learn how to build a business plan before you start. Using colorful paper or cute graphics and fonts on the cover sheet will appear amateurish and you...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Create A Business Plan In Days, Not Weeks

    To begin with, outline all the sections of a traditional business plan: Company Overview, Industry Analysis, Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Marketing Plan, Operations Plan, and Financial Plan. Whether you are compiling a business plan on your own or with a management team, you must coordinate a session to sit down...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Hotel Business Plan: 4 Keys To A Successful Plan

    A hotel business plan is going to serve as a guide for your successful launch and operation of your hotel business, but, most importantly, as evidence to investors and lenders that you are worthy of their investment. No investor is likely to put thousands or millions of dollars into your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Hair Salon Business Plan Tips

    Getting the numbers right for your hair salon business plan is the key to creating a compelling and valuable plan and, therefore, to the successful launch of your salon. The "Right" type of numbers depends on who you are targeting the plan at. Consider the different needs of investors and...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Free Business Plans: What You Can Learn

    A free business plan is only useful if you can be sure of the intentions of the creator. If it was created by a business plan writing or consulting company which stakes its reputation on the quality of its business plans, you can be reasonably assured that it will serve...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Elements Of A Great Business Plan

    Now, not to undermine certain aspects or sections of a business plan, but certain elements are vitally important when taking your business plan from good to great. Most people write business plans with the motivation of securing capital, whether equity, debt, or a hybrid of the two. Therefore, when writing...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Bakery Business Plan Outline

    A bakery business plan, like any business plan, should tell the story of your future business. Like a novel, story, or play, the business plan has an underlying structure, although its purpose is to convince readers of the business's viability rather than to merely entertain. Much like the inside flap...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Bar Business Plan Writing Tips

    The fact that a bar is such a common and proven business in the United States does not mean that a business plan is not needed. On the contrary, it means that a plan is more necessary than ever to show that you've found the right opportunity for a new...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    In Business Planning, Competition Is Good

    When developing the competition section of your business plan, companies must define competition correctly, select the appropriate competitors to analyze, and explain its competitive advantages. To start, companies must align their definition of competition with investors. Investors define competition as any service or product that a customer can use to...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consultant: How To Choose A Consultant

    You may need to interview a number of different business plan consultants or consulting firms before making a choice of who to work with. It is more important at this stage to make sure you have positive answers to the three questions mentioned in this paper than to simply find...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consultants: What Value Do They Provide?

    A good business plan writer can help take your ideas, research, and calculations and structure them into a professional business plan. A business plan consultant can offer much more value, researching the market and opportunity for you, finding applicable case studies to back up your concept, and offering valuable feedback...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Consulting: When To Get Expert Help With Your Plan

    There are many reasons to seek out the help of business plan experts to help you with your plan. This can be for anything from researching, writing, and editing the entire plan to answering specific questions about a plan you've already created. This paper describes few situations in which a...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Executive Summary: Tips For A Killer Executive Summary

    The executive summary is the most important section of a business plan in terms of getting your plan read by funders. Inundated by hundreds of plans, investors and lenders rely on the executive summary, a one or two page summary of the entire business plan, to know if the rest...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Examples: How To Properly Use A Template

    Using a business plan template means getting a head start in the business plan writing process. You will save a significant amount of time in your preparation of the plan, but the challenges you face will be the same. In the end, the success of your business plan will depend...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Formatting Tips: Using Graphs And Charts In Your Business Plan

    Many people ask how many graphs or charts they should have in their business plans. As with most other business planning questions, the answer is "It depends." This paper discusses the key factors influencing the number of graphs and charts to include in your business plan. To begin, the key...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Format: How To Structure Your Business Plan

    This paper provides tips to structure and format your business plan professionally, ensuring that readers look beyond distracting style to the real meat of your idea. Every business plan should begin with a simple cover sheet including the business name, your name and contact information. About ten sections are common...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Addictive Business Plan: Why Business Plans Are Really Marketing Documents

    While the average business plan ranges from twenty to thirty pages in length; on average, investors only read one page of each business plan they receive. Obviously, for a business plan to receive funding, investors have to be encouraged to read the entire business plan, and then take additional action...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Layout: How To Design Your Plan

    The layout of a business plan is not an area where great imagination and creativity is needed or recommended. It should be a more or less straightforward task to design your plan, using industry standard practices which funders have become familiar with through thousands of plans. Use the steps explained...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Length: The Ideal Length Of Your Business Plan

    The goal of the business plan is to create interest - not to have an investor write you a check. In creating interest, the full story of your company need not be told. Rather, the plan should include the essential elements regarding why an investor should invest and spend more...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Outline: Key Sections Of A Business Plan

    All business plans tend to follow a standard structure. This makes evaluating a business plan by a funder a function of the quality and logic of the entire document and not a question of structure. This paper explains about key sections which should be addressed in every business plan: Executive...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Presentation Mistakes To Avoid

    Sometimes investors will want to read your plan, or even just its executive summary, before they meet you to discuss the opportunity. However, if you successfully pass this phase, you will have to present the idea at some point, either formally or informally. When you prepare a deck of slides...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Sample: Getting A Head Start

    Sample business plans can be a great tool as you start to develop your own. By reading full business plans, especially samples for similar businesses to yours, you can learn a lot about what your plan should look like as a final product. To get a head start on your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Software: The Pros And Cons

    When creating a business plan, google searches will reveal software, both to install or use over a website, which can assist in the process. Business plan software can assist many entrepreneurs unfamiliar with business plan format to create their plan more quickly. However, weigh the pros and cons of using...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Templates: Helpful, When Used Correctly

    Using simple business plan templates suited to your business sector and created by a reputable company, can eliminate a lot of time putting together the outline, format, table of contents, and, especially, financial model. Although there is still a great deal of work you must do, even with a template,...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Templates: How To Choose

    If you are searching online for a business plan template to put your business plan writing on the right track, you have a number of company's products to choose from. Generally available for under $100, a business plan template can save you dozens of hours of work and is well...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Writer: When (And When NOT) To Hire One

    The choice of hiring a business plan writer who focuses on the writing of the plan and preparation of the final documents only, versus a business plan consulting firm which can take you through the entire business plan development process, depends on where you are with your understanding of what...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plan Writing: Presenting The Management Team

    A business does not run itself. Rather, every successful business plan speaks at length about the qualifications of the management team which will move the company forward. Generally, the founder of the company envisions him or herself taking a primary role on this team, but this is not always the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Business Plans And Models For First-Time Entrepreneurs

    Entrepreneurs who are launching their first business may feel very comfortable with some aspects of what they have to do. For example, they may have run a similar business in the past, or been in charge of sales or marketing, making them intimately familiar with a lot of what must...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Cafe Business Plan Outline

    The business plan for your cafe should follow a standard structure. To distinguish yourself, make sure you have the best and clearest writing within each section. Playing with the outline structure itself in order to stand out is not recommended. The outline is tried-and-true way to communicate your business to...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Car Business Plan: How To Improve Customer Trust

    Building trust between a car dealer and its customers is vital to a successful sales strategy. This should be clear in the business plan, where funders look to see the feasibility of the company once it is launched. Earning customer trust is important because of the bad reputation, deserved or...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Catering Business Plan: Defining Your Market

    This paper provides tips on how to write a successful catering business plan. Specifically, it focuses on how to define your market. The customer analysis within your catering business plan must be narrow enough to make it clear to readers that you have selected some specific target market or markets....

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Child Care Business Plan

    Unless you are lucky enough to have contacts with deep pockets who will invest in your child care business, you will likely need to submit your business plan to professional investors or lenders for their consideration. When doing this, don't consider the business plan an afterthought - it is a...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Cleaning Service Business Plan

    Your cleaning service business plan should discuss not just how you will find customers in the first place, but how you'll hold on to them and discourage them from switching to another firm. After all, it should be much less expensive to keep a customer than to market and sell...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Construction Business Plan: Trends And Strategy

    A construction business is heavily influenced by market trends but your business plan must balance research into these with long-term thinking about the need for your services. Economic trends, such as the boom and bust cycle of the nation, region, or specific locale you are in, drive a lot of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Consulting Firm Business Plan: How To Differentiate

    A business plan for a new consulting firm cannot simply explain the expertise and experience of the founders and expect this to be a convincing argument on its own. The plan must say who the competitors you fill face for business are and describe how your firm is different (your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Convenience Store Business Plan

    Many aspects of your business plan for a convenience store hinge on the choice of products for the store to carry. Certainly, this should be based on the customers you seek to reach with your store. This paper explains about some other considerations that should go into the choice of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Store Business Plan Writing Tips

    The writer of a simple business plan for a new store should use simple language, avoid repeating himself, and always remember the needs of the funders the plan is targeting. This paper provides some tips for how to do that. It cannot be stressed enough that the language you use...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Coffee Shop Business Plan Writing Process

    Your coffee shop business plan is such an important part of your business's launch that you can save time and headache by thinking about the process of writing the plan as well as the content of the plan. This paper explains the major steps of the writing process. Begin by...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    The Business Planning Process: 5 Steps To Creating A New Plan

    Creating your new business plan involves a detailed process with a number of stages, some of which can overlap. Whether you are writing your plan from scratch or from a template, or working with an experienced business plan writer or consultant, you will find the five steps explained in this...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Develop A Business Plan From Scratch

    To begin with, every business plan is either for a startup or an operating business. Furthermore, every business plan has a purpose or objective. Ask yourself: Why do I need a business plan and who is the intended audience? Provide a clear description of product (s)/service (s) and an understanding...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Create A Business Plan That Gets Noticed

    First, it is important to understand certain ways you do NOT want to get your business plan noticed. It is important that you learn how to build a business plan before you start. Using colorful paper or cute graphics and fonts on the cover sheet will appear amateurish and you...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Create A Business Plan In Days, Not Weeks

    To begin with, outline all the sections of a traditional business plan: Company Overview, Industry Analysis, Market Analysis, Competitive Analysis, Marketing Plan, Operations Plan, and Financial Plan. Whether you are compiling a business plan on your own or with a management team, you must coordinate a session to sit down...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Hotel Business Plan: 4 Keys To A Successful Plan

    A hotel business plan is going to serve as a guide for your successful launch and operation of your hotel business, but, most importantly, as evidence to investors and lenders that you are worthy of their investment. No investor is likely to put thousands or millions of dollars into your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Hair Salon Business Plan Tips

    Getting the numbers right for your hair salon business plan is the key to creating a compelling and valuable plan and, therefore, to the successful launch of your salon. The "Right" type of numbers depends on who you are targeting the plan at. Consider the different needs of investors and...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Free Business Plans: What You Can Learn

    A free business plan is only useful if you can be sure of the intentions of the creator. If it was created by a business plan writing or consulting company which stakes its reputation on the quality of its business plans, you can be reasonably assured that it will serve...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Elements Of A Great Business Plan

    Now, not to undermine certain aspects or sections of a business plan, but certain elements are vitally important when taking your business plan from good to great. Most people write business plans with the motivation of securing capital, whether equity, debt, or a hybrid of the two. Therefore, when writing...

    Provided By Growthink