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.
The executive summary goes near the beginning of the plan but is written last.
It provides a short, concise, and optimistic overview of your business that captures the reader's attention and creates a need to learn more.
The executive summary should be no more than two pages long, with brief summaries of other sections of the plan.
See How to Write the Executive Summary of the Business Plan to get you started.
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.
For a one-person, home-based consulting business the operating plan will be short and simple, but for a business such as a restaurant or a manufacturer that requires custom facilities, supply chains, specialized equipment, and multiple employees, the operating plan needs to be very detailed.
The Operating Plan Section of the Business Plan will provide you with additional information about your operating plan.