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What is the purpose of a business plan

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What is the purpose of a business plan

  1. 1. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. What is Business Plan  Explain the purpose of a business plan  Describe the types of business plans  Identify the parts of a business plan  Understand how to put together a business plan 1 Munif Ahmad
  2. 2. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved.  A business plan forces you to figure out how to make your business work.  A well-written plan guides you every step of the way as you develop your business—it becomes a decision-making tool.  If your company is for-profit, your business plan will typically focus on your financial goals. If you are a nonprofit, your plan will typically focus on your mission and services in support of that mission. 2
  3. 3. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. There are four main types of plans for a start-up business:  Quick Summary. This is a brief verbal synopsis lasting no more than thirty seconds to three minutes. It’s used to interest potential investors, customers, or strategic partners.  Oral Presentation. This is a relatively short, colorful, and entertaining slide show with a running narrative meant to interest potential investors in reading the detailed business plan. 3 Munif Ahmad
  4. 4. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved.  Investor’s Business Plan. A detailed business plan is well written and formatted so that anyone who is thinking about investing in your start-up business will know exactly what you are planning.  Operational Business Plan. This “operational plan” is meant for use within the business only. This plan describes in greater detail than the investor’s business plan how the company will meet its goals. 4 Munif Ahmad
  5. 5. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. 5 Although there is no set format for a business plan, each type of plan will address the Three C’s. Concept. What is your product or service and how is it different from similar products or services? Customer. Who will be buying your product or service and why? Capital. How will you locate the initial money your business will need? What will be your costs and what kind of profit can you expect? Note: Investors are busy people and don’t have time to read an overly long business plan. Your plan, including the financials, should be no longer than 20 typed pages, requiring no more than an hour of reading time.
  6. 6. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. Most business plans will include these seven parts:  Business Idea. Explain the product or service, type of business, and type of business ownership.  Opportunity and Market Analysis. Describe the primary market, its size, its trends and characteristics, and its growth rate.  Financial Strategies. Shows historical and projected financial data, including estimated sales and expenses. 6 Munif Ahmad
  7. 7. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved.  Organizational Structure. Discuss the organizational structure of the business and provide ownership information.  Legal Structures. Discuss issues related to intellectual property, contracts, insurance, taxes, and regulations.  Business Management. Describe how the business will be managed (production, distribution, operations, etc.)  Plan for Growth. Explain your plans to grow the business. 7
  8. 8. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. To ensure that investors understand the key points of your idea, the plan should include an executive summary, a one- or two-page summary of highlights, including the key selling points of the investment opportunity. 8 Mission Statement Business Name & Location Date Business Will Begin Owner’s Name, Function, & Contact Information Opportunity Products or Services Economics Future Plans Executive Summary Munif Ahmad
  9. 9. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. What is Business Plan  Explain the purpose of a business plan  Describe the types of business plans  Identify the parts of a business plan  Understand how to put together a business plan 9 Munif Ahmad
  10. 10. Entrepreneurship: Owning Your Future, 11th ed. Steve Mariotti © 2010 Pearson Higher Education, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. • All Rights Reserved. What is Business Plan  Explain the purpose of a business plan  Describe the types of business plans  Identify the parts of a business plan  Understand how to put together a business plan 9 Munif Ahmad

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