Business Plan Layout or Business Plan Outline
The first point to make with regard to a business plan layout (also known as a business plan outline) is that there is no one typical layout. Business plans are unique and the layout will be dependent on a number of factors, not least the purpose of the business plan, but also whether the plan relates to a new start up or an existing business. In Business Plan Pro, for instance, we ask a number of targeted questions as the planning process starts which then serve to shape the subsequent business plan layout.
Although the layout itself can vary, every business plan needs a number of crucial components.
It needs to start with an executive summary (typically written at the end of the process) so as to whet the appetite of the reader (often a prospective investor).
It then needs to follow a particular structure which will include details about the opportunity, those tasked with delivering the idea, and the financing required to bring the idea to market.
Within Business Plan Pro, you get a recognised business plan layout which can be fully customized so that you can tailor it to meet your own individual requirements.
For a little more insight into what a business plan layout could look like, consider viewing these resources: