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Entrepreneurship. 7. Writing an Effective Business Plan: Crafting a Roadmap to Success. “There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.” --Norman Vincent Peale, 1961. Business Plan.

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship

7

Writing an Effective Business Plan: Crafting a Roadmap to Success


“There is real magic in enthusiasm. It spells the difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

--Norman Vincent Peale, 1961


Business plan
Business Plan difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • A formal, written expression of the entrepreneur’s vision for converting ideas into a profitable, going business

  • The entry card for serious consideration by venture capitalists, banks, and other sources of funding


A living document
A Living Document difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • A business plan changes often as a new business develops.

  • Do just enough business planning to get the new company started.

  • Refine the plan with information gathered from running the new venture.


Model of successful business planning
Model of Successful difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”Business Planning

Prepare a

relatively

simple plan

Start the

business

Refine the

business plan

Continue to

grow the

business


Business plan components
Business Plan Components difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • What is the basic idea?

  • Why is the new product appealing—and to whom?

  • How will the idea be realized?

  • Who are the entrepreneurs?

  • How much funding is needed? What type of funding? How will it be used? How will you realize a return?


A successful plan
A Successful Plan difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • A serious document prepared by serious people

  • Orderly

  • Succinct

  • Persuasive


Executive summary
Executive Summary difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Your elevator pitch

  • Provides a brief, clear, and persuasive overview of the new venture

  • Target 2 to 3 pages


Business plan sections

Background and purpose difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

Marketing

Competition

Development, production, and location

Management

Financial information

Risk factors

Harvest or exit

Scheduling and milestones

Appendices

Business Plan Sections


Background product and purpose
Background, Product, and Purpose difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • What is the nature of the idea driving your company and how did it arise?

  • What does the product have to offer?

  • What is the basic nature of the company?

  • What is the company’s mission?


Market analysis
Market Analysis difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • What have you done to identify the market?

  • How large is the market?

  • How will products or services be promoted?

  • What do you know about competing products and companies?

  • How will the product or service be priced?


Development production and location
Development, Production, and Location difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Where are the products or services in the development process?

  • What are the projected costs and timetable for making the product or delivering the service?

  • What steps have been taken to assure quality and safety?


Management team
Management Team difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Do team members have the experience, expertise, skills, and personal characteristics needed?

  • Do team members having good working relationships?


Financial plans and projections
Financial Plans and Projections difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Proforma balance sheet

  • Proforma income statement

  • Cash flow statement

  • Break-even analysis


Critical risks
Critical Risks difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Price cutting by competitors

  • Unforeseen industry trends

  • Sales projections not achieved

  • Costs exceed estimates

  • Schedules not met

  • Difficulties raising financing

  • Unforeseen trends


Harvest and exit
Harvest and Exit difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Management succession

  • Exit strategies


Scheduling and milestones

Formal incorporation difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

Completion of design

Completion of prototypes

Hiring of initial personnel

Product displays

Agreements

Moving into production

Receipt of orders

First sales

Profitability

Scheduling and Milestones


The intangibles
The Intangibles difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • The extra “something”

  • Pay attention to organization, clarity, word choice, and style

  • Have good writers read your plan

  • Revise according to their suggestions


Seven deadly sins
Seven Deadly Sins difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Plan is poorly prepared

  • Plan looks too slick

  • Executive summary is too long

  • Development stage of product is unclear

  • Fails to answer “Why would anyone ever want to buy one?”

  • Doesn’t state management qualifications

  • Financial projections are wishful thinking


The presentation
The Presentation difference between mediocrity and accomplishment.”

  • Remember: This is important!

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare

  • Choose content carefully

  • Persuade, don’t overwhelm

  • Show enthusiasm tempered with reality

  • Rehearse

  • Don’t overlook the basics

  • Respond positively to questions


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