To make sure your efforts are focused on the highest-value parts of planning, like clarifying your goals, setting a strategy, and understanding the market and competitive landscape, lean on a business plan template to handle the structure and format for you.
Even if you eventually omit sections, you’ll save yourself time and energy by starting with a framework already in place.
However, you still need to fill up the business plan templates with your own research, information and knowledge.
We understand that writing a business plan can be a daunting experience.
There are some high-level strategic guidelines beyond the advice included in this free business plan template that can help you write an effective, complete plan while minimizing busywork.
Once you’ve done the strategic work, it’s time to put it into action and write your plan.
Download the business plan template, and review our guide on writing a business plan for additional information.
We’ve filled out a sample business plan as a companion to our template, featuring a fictional ecommerce business.
Our fictional business creates custom greeting cards with your pet’s paw prints on them, and the founder of the business is writing a plan to help understand the market, as well as the logistics and costs involved, to give themselves the best chance of success before they launch.
The sample is set up to help you get a sense of each section and understand how they apply to the planning and evaluation stages of a business plan.