A plan in your head is good. A plan on paper is even better.
A well-thought out business plan is necessary for obtaining money and is a model for your success. For a start-up business, the first step is to turn your basic idea into a written, viable plan of action. For an existing business, the first step putting your plans for growth down on paper helps funders and other buy into your vision.
Here are some tools you might find helpful:
- 10 Steps to Start Your Business (Small Business Administration)
- Pick a Business Plan Type That Work For You (SBA)
- Business Plan Workshops – Be sure to explore the Calendar of Events to find an event near you.
- Choose a Business Structure (SBA)