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The Entrepreneur’s Library: Business Planning Resources

Business Plan

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Approaches to Writing a Business Plan

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.

Bplans.com

Business plan preparation software and sample business plans. Also includes tips for writing business plans.

Build a Flexible Business Blan

How to build a flexible business plan.

Build a Strong Business Plan, Section by Section

A step-by-step collection of articles that guide you in the building of a business plan by Inc.com.

Business Plan Guides - Business Planning Advice

Easily write your business or marketing plan using Teneric's expert guides - loads of free advice, templates and samples to download online.

Entrepreneur.com

Excellent resources for creating your business plan.

High Tech Startup Valuation Estimator

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.

In Defense of the Deck

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."

In Pictures: The 20 Most Important Questions in Business- Forbes.com

A slideshow treatment of the top twenty points that any would-be entrepreneur or business owner absolutely must have sorted out, preferably before the capital is all spent and the customers have all left. Any entrepreneur who can't answer these questions quickly and easy has some thinking to do. A quick and easy must-read checklist for those coming up with their own business plan.

MTDC

A venture capital firm talks about their selection criteria and unwritten rules for selecting new ventures to invest in.

Persuasive Projections

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.

Pitchenvy

A gallery of actual startup pitch decks.

Plan Ware

Software and other resources for writing business plans and financial projections.

Resources for Entrepreneurs by Gaebler Ventures

A collection of short articles on business planning, capital formation, and related topics.

SBA Business Plan Outline

Includes tips on how to complete various sections of the business plan.

SBA Learning Center

The SBA offers a variety of online courses to help you start and run your business.

The 18 Mistakes that Kill Startups

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.

The Balance - Entrepreneurship

Collection of articles, video clips and other resources for new entrepreneurs.

The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs

"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!'"

Why Business Plans Don't Get Funded

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.

Why You Need to Write a Business Plan

Learn why writing a business plan is important -- even if you're not trying to raise money.


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