Sample short business plans

August 12, 2008 · 6 comments

in Planning

Q: I’d like to see some sample short business plans to use as models

A: Shorter is better. My rule: “If you can’t write your plan on a page, you can’t get it done in a year anyway.”

We conduct plan workshops every year, to help business owners complete their Action Plan for the coming year. They devote a day to review their past year’s performance, clarify their long-term business trajectory and how business fits into their life goals, what they must accomplish in the coming year. We use a 70-page workbook with questions about every aspect of running a small business, but by the end of the workshop people reduce it to one sheet.

Note that this is an “action plan” that guides your action. It’s not intended to convince someone else they should put money in your business. Once you have this brief, basic plan, however, it’s much easier to convert it to a strategic plan needed to attract financing. My rule: Plan of action comes first.

If you ask me, I’ll email you several pieces:

– Template showing how it looks

– A handful of questions you can answer to get your plan started

– A Project Tracker that helps you add detail to central goals of your plan

While this plan is aimed at guiding your actions for the coming year, it can also serve to show a potential financier.

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Michael September 3, 2008 at 11:23 am

Please send the
– Template showing how it looks

– A handful of questions you can answer to get your plan started

– A Project Tracker that helps you add detail to central goals of your plan

Thank you, Michael

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Aaron September 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

I’d like to see that plan as well. Could you send me a sample?

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mvh September 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

Aaron, I will email these to you as pdf attachments. Make sure I’m on your “white list.”

We’ll be doing this plan workshop again in December and January, if you are interested. If you are near San Francisco, we have face-to-face workshops. For those more distant, we hold virtual interactive workshops using conference call and webinar.
mike

Rode November 17, 2011 at 4:40 pm

Mike: Enjoyed your short article: Sample Short Business Plans, I’m interested in more info like your Template, Questions, Project Tracker,etc. Would greatly appreciate.

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mvh November 17, 2011 at 9:44 pm

Rode, I’ll be glad to email them to you. Probably tomorrow Friday.

Gloria Allen July 22, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Mike,
I am interested in a short business plan for real estate investors.
Thanks!
Gloria Allen

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