Business Plan Writing Tips

Need to write an executive summary but aren’t sure where to start? Watch the videos and read the tutorials. To help you write, format, design, and promote your executive summaries, we’ve written tutorials, created templates, and made videos. Do these help? Let us know.

Business Plan Templates

Each template includes a 40 page template and 10 free spreadsheets. Sections include Marketing Plan, Market Analysis, SWOT Analysis, Sales Forecast, Development Plan, Operational Plan, Financial Plan, 12-Month Profit & Loss, Projected Cash Flow, Balance Sheet, Break-Even Analysis, Personal Financial Statement, and Exit Strategy.

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Business Plan Writing

Business Plans: How to write the Conclusion section

This tutorial explains how to write the conclusion for a business document, for example, a report, thesis, project, or any document that needs a section to gather together the main points.

A Simple Business Plan
‘Why are business plans so hard to write?’ Before I answered the email I thought about it for a moment. I used to hate writing business plans but now find them much easier to write. As business plans are still the same, maybe it’s me. So, what changed?

Why You Should Never Give Advice

No one will thank you for it. Unless you’re asked… and even if you are asked for advice, pause for a moment and consider why you’ve been asked.

How to Give an Elevator Pitch

What do you feel when people say, “and tell me about yourself?” Most of us dread giving the elevator pitch – the story of your life in 60 seconds. Scary, isn’t it? It doesn’t have to be.

How to Give Your Boss Feedback
I never give unsolicited advice. If you don’t ask for my opinion, I don’t give it. It’s not because I don’t want to help you. I do. It’s because people value what they pay for.

9 Reasons My First Online Business Failed
In 1996, I downloaded Netscape Navigator 2.0 and got on the web. It was incredible. If you weren’t there, it’s hard to explain the sheer excitement of getting your first AOL account, dialing up to go online, waiting for your first page to slowly download, and then going WOW!

Five Steps to An Effective Business Plan

You have an idea for a business. You know what you want to sell, who you can sell it to, and how much you stand to earn from it. There’s just one more thing you need: a business plan.

What the Romans Taught me About Business Planning
The Romans were the first to build roads. Real roads. Networks.

How Google’s ‘Micro Moments’ will affect your business
Sridhar Ramaswamy, Google’s senior vice president of ads, predicts that ‘micro moments’ will change advertising, in particular advertising on mobile devices.

Preparing to write a Business Plan

The good news is you have a plan or idea and you think it can make some money!  The bad news is you have a lot of work to do to get your idea ready to present to potential investors.  You’re going to work hard to write your business plan.

Writing a Traditional Business Plan

This outline is geared toward a more traditional manufacturing and distribution type company and presumes you will prepare a 25 page document.

Audit Your Communications

I just got off the phone with a man who was concerned about his writing. “I have high level job,” he explained, “and I always had someone who wrote my correspondence for me.

Video Tutorials

Video – Executive Summary Tutorial

VIDEO – Writing an Executive Summary for Business Plan

Executive Summary Tutorials

What should be in an executive summary?

In a business plan or technical report, where does the executive summary go? Should the Executive Summary go before the Table of Contents?

How to write the Executive Summary of a Business Plan

In a business plan or technical report, where does the executive summary go? Should the Executive Summary go before the Table of Contents?

Sample Executive Summary for Business Plans

You get one chance to make a first impression. Slow down and pay special attention to the Executive Summary. If investors don’t find it interesting, the rest of your document…

Two Types of Executive Summaries

What’s the difference? Can you get away with a one-page executive summary?

Business Plan Template

Each template includes a 40 page template and 10 free spreadsheets.

Business Plan templates – MS Word and Excel

Business Plan templates – Apple iWork and Numbers

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