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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

    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

    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

    Developing A Business Plan? It Doesn't Have To Be A Chore

    Entrepreneurs often consider a business plan to be an afterthought. After days, months, or years of running through an idea in their head and talking about it to friends and partners, they may feel ready to hit the ground running as soon as they land a check from an investor...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Daycare Business Plan Writing Tips

    As you write the business plan for your day care center, consider the business plan writing tips provided in this paper to make sure the document is as strong as it can be. The business plan needs to compel investors to want to invest and speak with you further. There...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Creating A Business Plan? Here Are 5 Keys To Success

    This paper provides five tips that will guide you to a stronger business plan that is more likely to be funded by investors or lenders. Before putting pen to paper on the business plan itself, there is a significant amount of research needed. Showing a clear market opportunity in your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Creating A Business Plan With The Right Support

    A business plan is built on a foundation of data which all serves to support the argument that the business will be successful and is a good investment opportunity. The market opportunity, management expertise, and exit strategy are three areas which need specific types of support through data in the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Write A Business Plan: 5 Steps For First-Timers

    Writing your business plan is a multiple stage process that may mean becoming familiar with a variety of business terms even for those who already consider themselves experts in the industry they will be entering. Tackling the five steps explained in this paper, in this given order, will insure that...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Insurance Business Plan: 3 Ways To Stand Out

    Insurance brokerage businesses are rather common as new businesses go. To make your business plan stand out from others that funders have seen (or are even currently considering), consider one of three strategies explained in this paper. Proving you have found an opportunity that is more than the garden variety...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Incorporating Investor Feedback In Your Business Plan

    Investors, like the rest of us, have different tastes. One investor may love a concept and/or business plan while the next may hate both. It is important to understand this as expert business plan writers know that business plans are working documents and are always undergoing iterations. Management teams must...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Liquor Store Business Plan

    This paper provides tips on how to develop a professional liquor store business plan. In particular, it focuses on "Cost of goods sold." Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for a liquor store is the total price you paid to all suppliers for liquor and other products that are sold over...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Music Industry Business Plan: Live And Recorded Music

    Whether you are a band, artist manager, record label, or music store, if you can learn how to take the best advantage of both live and recorded revenue streams, you may be able to beat competitors at the music game. Your business plan should describe your strategy of utilizing these...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Photography Business Plan: Scaling Your Business

    If you have worked as a freelance or amateur photographer in the past, beginning a professional photography business or studio can be the first step to creating steady income for yourself. If you plan to scale up your business down the road, you can also manage to accumulate wealth by...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Documenting Partnerships In Your Business Plan

    Forging partnerships to improve market penetration has become commonplace, particularly for "New economy" businesses. And, most companies proudly mention their many partnerships in their business plans. The fact is that, regardless of whom the partnership is with, partnerships by themselves are meaningless. What are meaningful are the terms of the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Real Estate Business Plan: Calculating Startup Costs

    Showing that you have a good sense of the cost of starting up your real estate business is absolutely essential to your success in raising funds and launching. Showing funders that you've done your research lets them know you are a serious and determined individual, who knows what the business...

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Developing A Business Plan? It Doesn't Have To Be A Chore

    Entrepreneurs often consider a business plan to be an afterthought. After days, months, or years of running through an idea in their head and talking about it to friends and partners, they may feel ready to hit the ground running as soon as they land a check from an investor...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Daycare Business Plan Writing Tips

    As you write the business plan for your day care center, consider the business plan writing tips provided in this paper to make sure the document is as strong as it can be. The business plan needs to compel investors to want to invest and speak with you further. There...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Creating A Business Plan? Here Are 5 Keys To Success

    This paper provides five tips that will guide you to a stronger business plan that is more likely to be funded by investors or lenders. Before putting pen to paper on the business plan itself, there is a significant amount of research needed. Showing a clear market opportunity in your...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Creating A Business Plan With The Right Support

    A business plan is built on a foundation of data which all serves to support the argument that the business will be successful and is a good investment opportunity. The market opportunity, management expertise, and exit strategy are three areas which need specific types of support through data in the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    How To Write A Business Plan: 5 Steps For First-Timers

    Writing your business plan is a multiple stage process that may mean becoming familiar with a variety of business terms even for those who already consider themselves experts in the industry they will be entering. Tackling the five steps explained in this paper, in this given order, will insure that...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Insurance Business Plan: 3 Ways To Stand Out

    Insurance brokerage businesses are rather common as new businesses go. To make your business plan stand out from others that funders have seen (or are even currently considering), consider one of three strategies explained in this paper. Proving you have found an opportunity that is more than the garden variety...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Incorporating Investor Feedback In Your Business Plan

    Investors, like the rest of us, have different tastes. One investor may love a concept and/or business plan while the next may hate both. It is important to understand this as expert business plan writers know that business plans are working documents and are always undergoing iterations. Management teams must...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Liquor Store Business Plan

    This paper provides tips on how to develop a professional liquor store business plan. In particular, it focuses on "Cost of goods sold." Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) for a liquor store is the total price you paid to all suppliers for liquor and other products that are sold over...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Music Industry Business Plan: Live And Recorded Music

    Whether you are a band, artist manager, record label, or music store, if you can learn how to take the best advantage of both live and recorded revenue streams, you may be able to beat competitors at the music game. Your business plan should describe your strategy of utilizing these...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Photography Business Plan: Scaling Your Business

    If you have worked as a freelance or amateur photographer in the past, beginning a professional photography business or studio can be the first step to creating steady income for yourself. If you plan to scale up your business down the road, you can also manage to accumulate wealth by...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Documenting Partnerships In Your Business Plan

    Forging partnerships to improve market penetration has become commonplace, particularly for "New economy" businesses. And, most companies proudly mention their many partnerships in their business plans. The fact is that, regardless of whom the partnership is with, partnerships by themselves are meaningless. What are meaningful are the terms of the...

    Provided By Growthink

  • White Papers // Jan 2010

    Real Estate Business Plan: Calculating Startup Costs

    Showing that you have a good sense of the cost of starting up your real estate business is absolutely essential to your success in raising funds and launching. Showing funders that you've done your research lets them know you are a serious and determined individual, who knows what the business...

    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

    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