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We get a lot of requests for a free sample business plan template. And, yes, there are a lot available. And, yes, we do include free sample templates with every one of our business plan packages.
We don't include these samples because they are so great. In fact, most of them are not great. Most of them were created by government agencies, university students or just writers. Few were created by entrepreneurs like you.
And that is what makes the difference.
No other person in the world has your business. You have the very unique skills, the very unique perspective that will make your business a huge success.
So no one else can write your business plan. Certain a free sample business plan template won't have your business in mind.
While it is not too likely that you will be able to use a free sample business plan as a whole, you can capture a lot of ideas that you can make your own.
The key is to find one, or two, or three free sample business plan templates that you like.
Figure out what you like about each. Is it the way they introduce their product/service? Is it how they show their financials? Whatever it is, odds are that you can incorporate those techniques into your own business plan.
Here's a good technique:
That's exactly what we help you do with the 7 Step Business Plan series. You will see a selection of them in the column to the left.
EASY! Don't worry about learning any new programs for your business plan. You will use the programs that you already use every day: MS Word and MS Excel. The templates, both for the text and for the financials, are set up so that all you have to do is enter your personal information.
EASY FORMATTING! Your headers and text and columns are all set up for your business plan. The formatting flows right in. Easy peasy. Your business plan will look very professional, very complete.
EASY FINANCIALS! The Excel template is set up so that all you do is enter the data for your business. All columns are added automatically. It even creates charts automatically! If you have accounting skills, go ahead and stretch your wings. Or, get all the background figures together so that your accountant can whip the financials together in no time. Either way, your business plan benefits.
EASY TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS. The ebook that you will receive takes you step by step through building your business plan. There just isn't an easier way to do it.
LOTS OF SAMPLES! Sometimes it really helps to see how other successful business plans were written. So we have included lots of examples.
It would be great if there were a real shortcut, if you could pick a free sample business plan template off a tree, plunk your name on it, and submit it for financing.
But it just doesn't happen like that.
You are looking for financing for a business that will support you and your family. That is a BIG DEAL. Show your lender how important this transaction is to you. Spotlight your company like only you can do. The time you take now will save you loads and loads of time later on. Honest.
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