A well-written business plan is essential to starting and running a business. Business plans are required when applying for business loans or seeking investors. A good business plan describes in detail a business' mission and goals, and how these goals will be achieved. The following resources will help you develop a sound business plan.
- How to Write a Business Plan
Guidance on writing winning business plans.
- Business Plan for Home Based Businesses
Provides a comprehensive approach to developing a business plan for a home based business.
- Business Planning Course
Free at-your-own-pace courses on developing and writing successful business plans.
- Sample Business Plans
Bplan is a commercial site providing access to hundreds of free sample business plans.
- Franchises and Business Opportunities
Thinking about buying into a franchise? These resources will help you develop a plan and avoid costly pitfalls.
- Start Up Assessment Tool
This simple assessment tool is designed to help you better understand your readiness for starting a small business. Takes less than 5 minutes to complete.
U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Planner provides guides and resources on developing business plans and common-sense advise on starting a new business.
Visit our Small Business Assistance and Training page to learn about free counseling and training programs that are available to help you plan and start your small business.