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  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Restaurant Business Plan: Free Tips For Writing Your Plan

    A restaurant business plan explains to your potential lenders and investors how your restaurant will succeed in the competitive restaurant industry. Within this plan, a case must be made that diners have a real need for your restaurant, that you have the capacity to build a successful restaurant business and...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Retail Business Plan: Planning Your Exit Strategy

    For some investors in your retail store, exit strategy might not be a concern. If they are funding your launch through debt, they are promised their principal plus interest. Others who purchase equity in your business may be comfortable with receiving ongoing dividends if you can demonstrate that the business...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Salon Business Plan

    Opening day of your salon is an opportunity to launch your new business with a bang. Describe your plan to use the opening launch event as a marketing tactic in your salon business plan's marketing section so readers have a sense of how you will be promoting your salon's brand...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Sample Business Plans: How (And How NOT) To Use Them

    A sample business plan can serve as a model for the creation of your own business plan. However, it may lead you down the wrong path if you choose the wrong sample plan as a basis. Make sure the plan is from a reputable source or, whenever possible, was responsible...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Sample Business Plans: Where You Can Go Wrong

    Finding a business plan sample is clearly a key interest of many entrepreneurs. This is apparent from the sheer number of individuals searching the web for business plan samples. Finding a sample can teach you a great deal about how to create your own business plan, but there are potential...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Service Business Plan Sample Outline

    When creating a business plan for a service business, whether it is a brick and mortar store, click and mortar hybrid store and website, or internet-only business, this paper provides a standard outline for sections your plan should include. Executive Summary: This introduction hits all of the main points of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Small Business Vs. Venture Capital Business Plans

    What is the primary difference between a venture capital business plan and a small business or other business plan? The answer is typically risk. Venture capital business plans have much more risk than other plans, and as a result, the potential rewards from success are much higher. Venture capitalists are...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Writing A Business Plan: Convincing Operations Plans

    The operations plan section of your business plan comes late in the outline of most plans, but should not be considered an afterthought. This is your chance to show readers that you understand your industry's best practices and have considered how you will grow from the small or one-person operation...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Writing A Business Plan: 5 Keys To A Professional Plan

    To be worthy of professional investment from an angel investor or venture capitalist or of a business loan, your plan must appear to be written professionally. The executive summary is the first section of your business plan after the cover page and table of contents, and it may be the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write Business Plans For Your Audience

    When writing your business plan, tailor your focus towards the audience you will seek to read it. While this may not lead to totally different plans for different audiences, it may lead you to read your plan from the point of view of your intended readers to better foresee the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write A Business Plan: Hooking Readers With The Executive Summary

    The executive summary of your business plan is your first chance to convince readers of the viability of your business and it may also be your last chance. If the executive summary, a one or two page section that opens your business plan, does not hook readers, it is unlikely...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write A Business Plan Faster With A Proven Template

    A business plan template can decrease the amount of time you need to spend on creating your business plan significantly. Basic templates are available for a nominal fee, but can often save you many hours or even days of work. A template will come ready with the structure you should...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    What Is A Business Plan?

    A business plan is a document created at the beginning of a new venture, whether it is an entirely new business or a new venture within an existing business. Plans created internally are generally only as formal as they have to be, based on the company politics. They may not...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Using A Sample Of A Business Plan To Get Funded

    Potential investors and lenders for your startup may ask to see just the executive summary of your business plan to make a preliminary evaluation. Because the executive summary may have to act as a sample of the entire plan in this way, be prepared to make sure it is the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Update Your Business Plan

    Professional business plans are not static documents. Rather, they are dynamic documents that change often. Keeping your business plan up-to-date can be a critical factor in both your ability to raise capital and your ability to execute on the opportunity at hand. There are many parts of a business plan...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Top 3 Startup Business Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    Would-be entrepreneurs get business plans turned down by funders every day. This paper mentions and explains about some of the key mistakes which set off alarm bells in the minds of funders. Writing that your business has no current competition sounds like the description of an ideal situation, but once...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tips On Preparing A Business Plan That Gets Funded

    Creating a business plan that gets funded relies on a good idea, a good strategy, and a good team to execute it. With these items in pace, this paper provides some tips to make sure the plan shows the best you have to offer. The first and most important tip...

    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

    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

    Restaurant Business Plan: Free Tips For Writing Your Plan

    A restaurant business plan explains to your potential lenders and investors how your restaurant will succeed in the competitive restaurant industry. Within this plan, a case must be made that diners have a real need for your restaurant, that you have the capacity to build a successful restaurant business and...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Retail Business Plan: Planning Your Exit Strategy

    For some investors in your retail store, exit strategy might not be a concern. If they are funding your launch through debt, they are promised their principal plus interest. Others who purchase equity in your business may be comfortable with receiving ongoing dividends if you can demonstrate that the business...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Salon Business Plan

    Opening day of your salon is an opportunity to launch your new business with a bang. Describe your plan to use the opening launch event as a marketing tactic in your salon business plan's marketing section so readers have a sense of how you will be promoting your salon's brand...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Sample Business Plans: How (And How NOT) To Use Them

    A sample business plan can serve as a model for the creation of your own business plan. However, it may lead you down the wrong path if you choose the wrong sample plan as a basis. Make sure the plan is from a reputable source or, whenever possible, was responsible...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Sample Business Plans: Where You Can Go Wrong

    Finding a business plan sample is clearly a key interest of many entrepreneurs. This is apparent from the sheer number of individuals searching the web for business plan samples. Finding a sample can teach you a great deal about how to create your own business plan, but there are potential...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Service Business Plan Sample Outline

    When creating a business plan for a service business, whether it is a brick and mortar store, click and mortar hybrid store and website, or internet-only business, this paper provides a standard outline for sections your plan should include. Executive Summary: This introduction hits all of the main points of...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Small Business Vs. Venture Capital Business Plans

    What is the primary difference between a venture capital business plan and a small business or other business plan? The answer is typically risk. Venture capital business plans have much more risk than other plans, and as a result, the potential rewards from success are much higher. Venture capitalists are...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Writing A Business Plan: Convincing Operations Plans

    The operations plan section of your business plan comes late in the outline of most plans, but should not be considered an afterthought. This is your chance to show readers that you understand your industry's best practices and have considered how you will grow from the small or one-person operation...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Writing A Business Plan: 5 Keys To A Professional Plan

    To be worthy of professional investment from an angel investor or venture capitalist or of a business loan, your plan must appear to be written professionally. The executive summary is the first section of your business plan after the cover page and table of contents, and it may be the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write Business Plans For Your Audience

    When writing your business plan, tailor your focus towards the audience you will seek to read it. While this may not lead to totally different plans for different audiences, it may lead you to read your plan from the point of view of your intended readers to better foresee the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write A Business Plan: Hooking Readers With The Executive Summary

    The executive summary of your business plan is your first chance to convince readers of the viability of your business and it may also be your last chance. If the executive summary, a one or two page section that opens your business plan, does not hook readers, it is unlikely...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Write A Business Plan Faster With A Proven Template

    A business plan template can decrease the amount of time you need to spend on creating your business plan significantly. Basic templates are available for a nominal fee, but can often save you many hours or even days of work. A template will come ready with the structure you should...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    What Is A Business Plan?

    A business plan is a document created at the beginning of a new venture, whether it is an entirely new business or a new venture within an existing business. Plans created internally are generally only as formal as they have to be, based on the company politics. They may not...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Using A Sample Of A Business Plan To Get Funded

    Potential investors and lenders for your startup may ask to see just the executive summary of your business plan to make a preliminary evaluation. Because the executive summary may have to act as a sample of the entire plan in this way, be prepared to make sure it is the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Update Your Business Plan

    Professional business plans are not static documents. Rather, they are dynamic documents that change often. Keeping your business plan up-to-date can be a critical factor in both your ability to raise capital and your ability to execute on the opportunity at hand. There are many parts of a business plan...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Top 3 Startup Business Plan Mistakes To Avoid

    Would-be entrepreneurs get business plans turned down by funders every day. This paper mentions and explains about some of the key mistakes which set off alarm bells in the minds of funders. Writing that your business has no current competition sounds like the description of an ideal situation, but once...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Tips On Preparing A Business Plan That Gets Funded

    Creating a business plan that gets funded relies on a good idea, a good strategy, and a good team to execute it. With these items in pace, this paper provides some tips to make sure the plan shows the best you have to offer. The first and most important tip...

    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

    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