How to Create a Business Plan Investors Will Love - Entrepreneur
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What Investors Really Think About Your Business Plan.
Great site!!! We are almost four years into business, and I’ve been wanting to write a business plan for years and am now forcing myself to make time to do so. I don’t need to show it to investors or bankers at this time, I’m looking to grow the business and have a planned direction. We have a specialty foods business, retail and wholesale…. any suggestions on which type of plan would be the best direction to take? Thanks!
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It is just me….or do all the comments seem like they were written by someone who does not know english – it was probably the same person spamming the page? I am twenty and currently in the start up year of operation writing my second business plan. I found this page to be a tad bit informative; covering the basics. What more people should include in their business plans is an innovation section or “potential”, so the founder/ceo or who ever it may be writting can display the passion for the business and what is truly inspiring about it. Business plans tend to get so techinal it lessens the creativity. When you go to meet with a venture capitalist, angels, etc…they are most definitely looking for a well structured business plan, but the truth is they are investing more in you then your business idea. So its important you believe in your business and are passionate about it; therefore some portion of your business plan should reflect that.
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Yet, entrepreneurs tend to overstate the upside of a business opportunity in their written presentations. Their dream world, every-thing-goes-to-plan presentations lack balance making it too difficult for investors to believe anything in the document. Even worse, the entrepreneur is regarded by plan readers as "unrealistic", which is the venture community equivalent of striking out at your first time to bat.Your exit strategy is critical when writing a business plan for investors since the exit strategy dictates how the investor will ultimately receive payback for their investment and get their money out.The process of writing a business plan guides you through answering these questions so that you end up with a strategy that works for your business. You will also end up with a plan that you can share with business partners, investors, and friends and family. Sharing your vision and your strategy is the best way to get everyone on the same page and pushing forward to build a successful business.There’s a lot of advice in the infosphere about how to write a business plan, but there’s no single correct way. Your approach depends on your industry, who is reading your plan and what the plan is intended for. Are you trying to get funding? Sara Sutton Fell, founder of , a job site for flexible telecommuting jobs, says her business plan was an initiator for more in-depth conversation with potential investors. “A plan does help to see if investors and entrepreneurs are on the same page with general expectations for the business,” she says.