It’s not easy to keep everything completely up-to-date as you make changes to your numbers, and integrating the right charts and graphs into your business plan is harder than it looks.
However, if you’re new to business planning and just want to get a sense of what a plan looks like and want to get the process started quickly and cheaply, then downloading a free template is the best way to get started.
If using Windows, outline the text to be selected with the mouse and hit CTRL C to copy and CTRL V to paste.
For a detailed description of each section of the plan, you'll want to refer to the Guide to Writing a Business Plan Step By Step.
So, if you don’t already know what you’re doing with the numbers, the process of writing your business plan may not be that much easier with a template.
Finally, merging data from Excel spreadsheets into your Word document is harder than it looks.
See The Marketing Plan Section of the Business Plan for a detailed description.
Product or Service Offerings This section describes the legal structure, ownership, and (if applicable) the management, and staffing requirements of your business.
Plus, it shows you the general layout of a standard business plan so you know what goes where and that you're not leaving out anything.
A great business plan template will also provide instructions for each step of your plan and show you what an investor-ready and SBA-approved business plan should look like.