Write a Business Plan Faster With a Proven Template
Outline, Format of a business plan , and Structure
A template will come ready with the structure you should work within, from the cover sheet to the appendices. The sections should be outlined, and hopefully include sample language with which you can gain a greater understanding of the intent of each section. The style, including the headings, fonts, margins, page numbering, etc., should all be set up as per industry standard practice. The effect of all of this work is to reduce the time you need to spend on these nitty gritty details, allowing you to move ahead to work on the content of the plan, undergoing a thorough research phase, and devising a successful business strategy.
The most timesaving portion of a business plan template should be the financial model, generally created in Excel where you a user can make adjustments and customize it to his needs. The template should come out of the box with a working financial model with the full array of pro forma (projected) financial statements (income statement, cash flow statement, balance sheet), all comprehensively interrelated so that a change in your basic assumptions will automatically update the statements. Preparing this kind of financial model by hand takes not only a high-level knowledge of Excel formulas, but a deep understanding of the accounting behind these statements.
Look for a template that comes with directions and notes on how to best customize each section to your own purposes. This kind of guidance is invaluable and will set a template apart from a sample plan which is presented "as is". The template should also have clear directions for the financial model to show you where you should enter your basic assumptions and other areas which will be generated automatically for you.
Want more tips? Here's a related article by Dave Lavinsky that was published on Forbes: "Business Plan Template: What to Include"
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