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Small Business Plan Template

The small business plan template is created to help the business owner build his business plan. There are some important tips before starting. They include telling a compelling story about the business and explaining important factors like who, what, when, where, how and why. 

Secondly, the plan should be clear and concise, and focused on the business and how that business will survive.

It has nothing to do with the number of pages that your business plan is or the style for that matter.
The small business plan template should give definition to specific goals and objectives, with of course parameters with which to guide the organization. It should also bring to light what logic and discipline can do for a growing business.

The template is like a living document and should be updated whenever necessary.

The small business plan template is not a crystal ball that automatically tells the person that his or her business will be successful. However, people serious about starting their own small business will want to look at ways to fully determine what is ahead. Even starting a small business, it requires a well written business plan.

The first step is to formulate an elevator pitch. That is where the business owner establishes an idea. Then try the idea or elevator pitch on 10 people that are trustworthy and will give an honest feedback and reaction to the business concept. Then the business owner should talk to possible customers and find out if there is a need for the product or service being offered. This is important to survey people as to whether the product or service would be a big seller or not.

When thinking about starting a small business, there is the understanding that a void is in the marketplace for the particular product or service. Don't wait until after opening the new business to find out if the need for another business is real or a figment of the imagination. People to survey should be chosen if they focus on the content of the small business idea and not so much as just encouraging. They should be objective.

The next step is to become an expert on the competition out there. The business owner should take a look at other competing companies in the same business, or producing the same or like products and determine, based on their successes, if this is the right business to be in. It should be concluded that the business is either expanding and growing or shrinking. The business that is successful is the one where the market and demand is growing.

Next, it is important to develop a rough estimate of what it will cost to break even. Total costs and revenue are essential to know when refining the small business plan idea. Also, the business owner should also identify the sales person and concentrate on that aspect. With a new business, there are signs that will help the business owner determine if it will succeed or ultimately flop. Sales targets need to be tapped into and keeping the sales goal in front is most important, and ultimately is the responsibility of the business owner.

Free Business Planning Training -  Small Business Plan Template

Session 1 - How to Plan a Business 

Session 2 - Making a Business Plan

Session 3 - Marketing Business Plans

Session 4 - Example Business Plan

Session 5  - Free Business Plan Templates

Session 6 - Examples of Business Plans      

Session 7 - Business Plan Samples

Session 8 - Business Plan Examples

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