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How to Write a Business Plan

Looking for insight and practical advice on how to write a business plan? We can help you get started with dozens of articles on business plan writing as well as hundreds of free sample business plans and business plan templates to see real-life examples.

 

The Business Plan Process

The business plan process is simply the steps you go through and actions you take when producing a business plan. In effect, it describes how you produce your business plan. While most people focus on the ‘final output’, i.e. the business plan itself, the business planning process is extremely important for entrepreneurs. The process of [...]

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The Definitive Guide to Writing a Business Plan

What is a Business Plan? A business plan is not just a document. It is a holistic analysis of your company, the environment it operates in, and a route map to achieving success based on the resources available. Unfortunately, the image most of us have is of a 30-page bound document. While the business-planning process [...]

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The Simple Business Plan

In a world of increasing complexity and one with growing demands on our time, it can be challenging to create a business plan. In recent years, however, there has been a growing trend  in the production of simple business plans. What is a simple business plan? A simple business plan is a business plan typically [...]

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Elevator Pitch Part 5: Delivery

In the real world, you know your so-called elevator speech and you use it when appropriate. Every time you do it, you and it get better. I’d recommend taking time out and working on it, but you probably won’t; you’re too busy. Think about it in the shower. Think about it when you’re stuck in [...]

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Elevator Pitch Part 4: Finish Strong

(Note: this is taken with permission from Planning Startups Stories) This fourth of five parts in this series depends on who you are, where you are, and what you want. If you’ve personalized in the first part, sold yourself and/or your organization in the second, and established the attractiveness or suitability of the business offering [...]

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Elevator Pitch Part 3: What You Offer

(Note: this is taken with permission from Planning Startups Stories) Now explain what that person or organization you’re selling to gets. You’ve personalized the need or want, identified your unique qualities to solve the problem, and now you have to put the need or want in concrete terms that anybody can see. For example: For [...]

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Elevator Pitch Part 2: Why You?

(Note: this is taken with permission from Planning Startups Stories) In the next part of your elevator pitch address ‘why you’? Why your business? What’s special about you that makes your offering or solution interesting to the target person or organization you just identified (Part 1 of this series). This is where you bring in [...]

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Elevator Pitch Part 1: Personalize

(Reposted with permission from Planning Startups Stories) If you can’t say it in 60 seconds, you have a problem. Your strategy isn’t clear enough. Nowadays we call it “the elevator pitch,” meaning a quick description of the business that you could do in the time you share with a stranger in an elevator. It’s becoming [...]

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Free Business Plan Template

Looking to write a business plan?  Considering using a business plan template?  Think again!  Here at Palo Alto Software we make Business Plan Pro- the fastest and easiest way to write a business plan. There are a number of reasons why we believe Business Plan Pro is the best option for writing a business plan [...]

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Sales Forecasting

The Sales Forecast Sales forecasting is an integral part of business planning. I have written on the subject of sales forecasting a number of times in the past. However, for many of us, we are now dealing with a level of uncertainty we have not encountered previously in our lifetimes. As a result, some managers [...]

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