If you’re already in business, it doesn’t hurt to periodically re-evaluate and tune your core strategy and business plan by reviewing core business planning concepts and ideas.
For aspiring entrepreneurs, startups or new businesses it’s very likely you’ll want to start off by putting together a nice business plan that helps you envision, scope and define your business idea.
It’s true not every successful business starts off with a business plan – but it’s also true that if you don’t know what a business plan is you don’t know enough to decide whether you need one or not … so you better assume you need one until you know better.
Here, we’ve gathered some of the best business planning templates, outlines and samples we could find from around the world.
SCORE is a non-profit organization that has been helping aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses for over 40 years. The organization offers free business counselling, workshops, as well as various resources and tools.
On their website, you can find downloadable templates of business plans for both start-ups and established businesses, various templates used in financial matters, and sales templates.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has been in operation since 1976 and is centered on helping small businesses succeed.
Their website provides this very useful business plan template that is different from others in that it provides a step-by-step guide as opposed to a simple download. For each step of the process, SBA provides an explanation of the section as well as advice on how to write each section well.
Tulane University has created this template which serves as a guide for creating a business plan along with detailed instructions on what type of information should go in each section. This link leads to a 31-page PDF file which you can print and use as you please.
Canada Business Network is a government sponsored website that provides assistance to entrepreneurs. It’s a great place to find help in planning, financing, and managing a business. It also includes information on how to deal with taxes, permits, and other useful tips you’d need to start a business in Canada or anywhere in the world.
Canada Business also serves as an excellent source for various sample business plans and templates that you can tailor precisely to your needs.
This Australian government website has several guides for planning a business as well as an excellent template for creating a business plan. The business plan they feature on this site covers everything from business details and market research, to financial reviews and a break-even analysis.
The best part is that also included in the site is a guide on how to use their business template with explanations for each section. This way, you’re not just following the template haphazardly but utilizing it to its maximum potential.
Here’s our Business Plan Templates, Outlines and Samples ebook that also contains some interesting commercial business planning tools.
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