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There are four basic types of business plans, each serving a different purpose. How you prepare your plan depends in part on the type you are preparing.
Business plan preparation software and sample business plans. Also includes tips for writing business plans.
How to build a flexible business plan.
A step-by-step collection of articles that guide you in the building of a business plan by Inc.com.
An archive of business plans and other materials used by real startups.
Easily write your business or marketing plan using Teneric's expert guides - loads of free advice, templates and samples to download online.
Business plan software, samples, and strategy. Includes the winning business plans from the Moot Corp business plan competition.
Excellent resources for creating your business plan.
Wondering what your pre-money valuation will be if a VC ever puts a term sheet on the table? Answer the following questions, and we'll calculate an approximate range for you. Of course, every situation is different, so your mileage may vary.
Bill Gurley of Benchmark Capital explains: "If you are lucky enough to grow your company from Series A to Series B to Series C, and on to hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue and a successful IPO, you will need to tell your company’s story in high-stakes situations over and over and over again. Because of this, venture capitalists place huge positive weight on how good you are at this skill. The great storytellers have an unfair competitive advantage."
A venture capital firm talks about their selection criteria and unwritten rules for selecting new ventures to invest in.
Predicting the future is hard. But when you're making financial projections, that's exactly what you need to do. You can avoid some of the most common mistakes by following this list of dos and don'ts.
Software and other resources for writing business plans and financial projections.
A collection of short articles on business planning, capital formation, and related topics.
Includes tips on how to complete various sections of the business plan.
A large collection of free educational materials for the entrepreneur including an introduction to accounting course.
An excellent essay detailing the mistakes that you can control. Although some of the points are specific to software startups, most points apply to startups in any industry.
Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.
"All business plans must show two things: a winning idea and a clear shot at a profit."
"Guy Kawasaki says: 'I get pitched dozens of times every year, and every pitch contains at least three or four of these lies. I provide them not because I believe I can increase the level of honesty of entrepreneurs as much as to help entrepreneurs come up with new lies. At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!'"
Your business plan gives the first impression potential investors get about your venture. But even if you have a great product, team, and customers, it could also be the last impression the in-vestor gets if you make any of these avoidable mistakes.
Learn why writing a business plan is important -- even if you're not trying to raise money.
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