Business Plan Template and Guide Global financial services firm vFinance offers a basic, page business plan template to download from its website--one the company says has been downloaded more than a quarter of a million times. In fact, if you're like a lot of entrepreneurs, you're probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to get one done before heading into your first pitch for funding.
You can see the template below or you can download it as a Word document using the form on the right side of this page. Cash Flow Projections The Cash Flow projection shows your monthly anticipated cash revenues and disbursements for expenses.
A great business plan template will also provide instructions for each step of your plan and show you what an investor-ready and SBA-approved business plan should look like.
If you'd rather do a business plan presentation than a Word doc, you can download one of Microsoft Office's half a dozen or so PowerPoint templates for just that purpose.
For additional guidance, you may want to review the Executive Summary Template that I recently covered on Forbes as well. Sales and Distribution Describe how you will distribute your products to the customer if applicable.
It's definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business.
VFinance is the creator of the massive Venture Capital Directory and has tailored the plan to appeal to funders. You can download it free with a trial subscription, but you'll have to remember to cancel it within the week if you don't plan to continue using it.
The opinions expressed here by Inc. Its template, available as a PDF or Word download, asks a whopping questions and is generic enough to customize for most types of businesses. For a one-person, home-based consulting business the operating plan will be short and simple, but for a business such as a restaurant or a manufacturer that requires custom facilities, supply chains, specialized equipment, and multiple employeesthe operating plan needs to be very detailed.