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How do you write a business plan




 You now know why you need an outline for your business and you've done some research about the top sources of information to help you create one. It's time to begin writing everything down. Below are the essential elements of the business plan. They will explain what you should and shouldn't include and how you can use the numbers and other sources which can assist you. Now is the time to begin.



 Executive Summary


 The executive summary of the business plan should be included in the outline overall. The summary must be concise and succinct. This is essential. It is all too common for entrepreneurs to find what they want on page 8. It is important to express your needs clearly in your summary.



 Business Description


 A typical description of a business begins with a brief description of the industry. The industry's current outlook and future prospects should be discussed when describing it. Include information on the various markets, as well as any developments or products that might be beneficial to or detrimental to your business.



 How Long Should Your Plan Be?



 In the 1970s, when I began working on business plans, they were more lengthy and more complex than the ones I see nowadays. It could be that business plans are now more popular than ever. Business plans are being utilized by many more people and are used more often. It might also be a matter of trends among bankers and investors who read business plans. Or it could be because there is less time to waste wading through documents!



 The trend for business plans is to get back to the core, with solid analysis and projections. The importance of a simple format that is easily read is higher than ever. My best suggestion is to make your plan for business as straightforward as you can if you wish people, which most people will, to read it. Don't misconstrue your business plan as an academic thesis or a life-long task. Make sure that the formatting and language are simple, and keep it short.



 But don't confuse simple wording and formats with simple thinking. Your idea isn't incomplete when you make it clear. It's to get your point across quickly and easily to whoever's taking note of it.



 Let's be honest when it comes to simplifying our plans.



 Make sure your prose is clear. It's easy to write business-related writing that is efficient. People will scan your plan and then read it on either on the phone or scroll through their emails. You can save the long prose for the classic American novel. Here are some tips to consider when making your plan.



 If you're trying to convey a message, don't use lengthy complex sentences. A shorter sentence is acceptable and easier to comprehend.


 Beware of buzzwords, jargon, and acronyms. While you may already be aware that NIH is "not invented here" or KISS is "keep it simplistic and dumb" The reality is that nobody else can do it.


 Use simple, straightforward words such as "use," instead of the "utilize," and "then," instead of "at this time."

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 Bullet points are great for lists. They help readers to absorb the information.


 Avoid "naked" bullet points. You can flesh them out by giving brief explanations when necessary. Uncomplicated bullet points can be confusing.


 Keep it brief. The average length of most business plans is shorter now than it used to be. There are probably enough text pages to cover all the details you require, with an additional 10 pages of appendices. These pages can be used to provide monthly projections, resumes of managers, and other details. If your document is more than 40-pages long, it's likely that you're not summarizing well.




 There are some exceptions to this rule. Recently, I was shown an idea for a chain of coffee shops. This included photos of proposed locations, mockups of menus, and maps of different locations. Although the plan was longer than I expected, the images were of great value. Information that is useful includes product photos menus for locations, menus blueprints floor plans logos and signage photos.

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 Business charts are an excellent way to organize your information. Important numbers must be easy to locate and understand. Make sure to highlight the most important numbers with simple business diagrams and summary reports. The appendices should make details related easy-to-find. Also...