How to write a business plan | CFIB
A business plan is an indispensable road map for your business’ success. While many entrepreneurs only write a plan in hopes of securing financing, smart entrepreneurs invest the time to create a plan that can take their business into the future.
A business plan is a living document, generally planning 3-5 years ahead. It outlines the direction a business intends to take to establish a customer base and start earning profits.
The key elements of a strong business plan include:
- Company Profile: What is your business’s mission? What product or service do you offer? What is your competitive advantage in the market?
- Market Research: What are the current trends in your industry? What are the characteristics and traits of your target market and what is the market share opportunity for your business?
- Sales & Marketing: What channels will you use to distribute your product? How are you going to reach your customers? Will the web and social media play a role in promoting your goods?
- Operations: What will you need to run your business (equipment, space, staff, etc)? Will you handle your own books or hire an accountant? How will the business be structured – incorporated or sole proprietor?
- Financials: How much money will you need to get your business off the ground? How will that money be allocated? When do you expect to start earning money?
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