Creating Simple Business Plans Around Fundamental Structures and Formats

Writing business plans which simply set out your future goals

by Rod Dunne on September 7, 2011

in Biz Dev, Entrepreneurial

If you’re planning to start your own business then you should put together a simple business plan. This helps to guide you through the process of starting small businesses, becoming your own employer and assessing the firm’s vision.

If you prepare yourself this way you will find that you make fewer errors as you go and run into fewer unforeseen problems that slow you down.

The research necessary for finishing your business plan will prepare you for all the restrictions paperwork and legal codes that you may or may not have to follow once you begin making money.

Once you have dealt with these issues a simple business plan can grow with your company and help you adjust to changing business environments.

What Is A Business Plan?

A business plan formally states the goals of your new business. It also lays out in simple language the steps you will need to take to accomplish those goals.

This is not merely a document that you throw away once you realize these initial goals. A business plan stays with you and grows as your business does. It helps you stay focused on the present direction of your business and the future direction you want it to take.

Business Plan Format

There are many business plan formats. Some of them are meant for presentations to superiors or potential investors. These often include oral presentations or slide shows.

If you are starting your own business these are not necessary in the early phases because you are making the business plan for your own sake. It should be a written plan that you can understand but that you also feel free to adapt as time goes by.

You will however need to start considering your own startup marketing plan requirements & contents as soon as you begin looking for venture capital or finance from the banks. They will want to see your projections, marketing plans, etc.

Why You Still Need a Non Profit Business Plan in the Non-Commercial Sector

Believe it or not you do need a non profit business plan for your organization. Creating a business plan will help you organize your financial affairs as well as any promotion and other aspects that keep the organization running smoothly. A non profit plan may not be exactly like a small business plan but you will find some similarities. You will find that creating a business plan for a non profit means you will have to adjust your plans for each specific type of organization.

For instance if your organization offers youth services you have to provide an explanation not only of the services but also explain why your organization is necessary in providing such services. If the organization is not new you are probably seeking renewed funding or looking for additional funds from other sources. You need to prepare mission statements and explain how the organization has been successful and possibly how new funding can help it improve.

All good business plans sets out where you want to get to in a simple, concise format
Your plans will become similar to a small business plan when it comes to various sections such as the market analysis summary the strategy and implementation summary management summary and financial plan. The primary differences will be that you are not showing how your organization can turn a profit. Instead you will focus on how the capital you acquire can be used to benefit those you serve.

Whether you are running a food bank or a not for profit educational center you will need to create a business plan to provide a blueprint for running the organization successfully. You can take the opportunity to go over your mission statement and see how well the non profit is living up to its goals. You may even make any changes or updates to your goals to show that your organization is with the changing times.

When Writing A Business Plan You Should Just Get to It!!

When you write out a simple business plan try to determine exactly what kind of business you are creating. It’s vision & objectives. A for-profit business is going to have a plan that includes financial goals and how you project or plan the company to grow. This gives your staff objectives to work towards.

While there may be some goals that you have which simply fulfill personal desires regarding your business the primary goal is always to create wealth. A non profit business plan will likely have some social mission that overrides these financial concerns to some extent.

Author Rod Dunne...

Blog owner and sole writer Rod DunneI am the owner and sole writer on This is my personal blog detailing troubleshooting tips for small businesses. Posts are based upon 2 decades in consultancy & innovation management within startups/maturing companies.

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