You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to create your business plan. There are numerous resources you can use to help you. Use this list to find resources to use to help you create the best and most functional business plan possible. 

The more you work on this, the more likely you are to be successful. But don’t forget, set a deadline for yourself so that you finish your business plan so that you can get started living the life you dreamed you’d have as soon as possible. 

  • Small Business Administration – In the USA, you can use information from the SBA to help you create your business plan. They have a lot of precious information on their website and in their offices across the country, and most of it is free or low cost. 
  • Business Plan Software – There are numerous choices, such as bplans.com, liveplan.com, and others. They’re all pretty much the same, so you can choose based on what you need. 
  • Business Plan Templates – You can find them right inside your MS Office templates and free online. Whatever you do when you do use a template, don’t copy someone else’s information. Make sure you add your own information so you don’t make a mistake. Just use the template for layout purposes. 
  • A Business Plan Outline – Once you decide the type of plan you want to create, make your own outline, so you don’t forget to add any information. It does help to have the basic structure laid out, so all you do is fill in your own information. 
  • An Accountant or Other Professional Expert – CPAs, Enrolled Agents (EAs), and some bookkeepers who specialize in a business start-up are professionals you want to have on hand to help you with the financial aspects of your business plan. Plus, they can help you with tax planning. Every small business owner should visit a tax planner before they start their business.
  • A Mentor, Coach, or Consultant – There are people who are willing to assist you for free or for payment, depending on your situation. Try going to a local SCORE.org office to get some help with your business plan. You can also find a coach or consultant online. Ask your colleagues for referrals.
  • Find an Incubator – Almost every local city with a college or university has a small business incubator that is willing to help. Check out your local coworking spaces for more information about this. They can help guide you through your research and business plan creation. 

Finally, you can also hire someone to create your business plan for you, but this can be expensive. It depends on your situation whether you do it alone, go the volunteer route, or hire someone. The main thing is to learn as much as you can about creating a business plan, read other people’s plans, and then get yours started and done. 

Blog Post Series

Thirty Blog Posts to help you Build a Business you Love!!!

Day 1: The Key to Success for The Life-Affirming Entrepreneur

Day 2: Why Every Business Needs a Business Plan

Day 3: What Really Makes Your Life Good?

Day 4: Create a Lifestyle Vision Board

Day 5: What Resources Do You Need to Live the Good Life?

Day 6: Why You’re Not Alone Even When You’re a Sole Proprietor

Day 7: Outsourcing: The Key to Success for The Life-Affirming Entrepreneur

Day 8:  You Really Can Design Your Life the Way You Want It

Day 9: Questions to Ask Yourself to Figure Out What You Want

Day 10: Components of a Business Plan

Day 11: Guess Who Is In Control of Their Life?

Day 12: Guess What You Really Want to Know to Get Started Fast Who Is In Control of Their Life?

Day 13: Setting Boundaries: It’s Not Selfish to Go After What You Want

Day 14: Build Joy: Start a Gratitude Journal

Day 15: What Do You Need to Change to Succeed?

Day 16: Creating Your Executive Summary

Day 17: Can You Describe Your Business?

Day 18: What Methods Work Best to Ensure You Make Your Goals?

Day 19: How to Analyze Your Market and Why It’s Imperative to Do It

Day 20: What Type of Business Do You Really Want?

Day 21: How Will You Find Your Customers and Clients?

Day 22: What Do You Sell? Really?

Day 23: What Is Your Business’s Financial Outlook?

Day 24: Describe Your Ideal Customer or Client

Day 25: I work from home. Do I still need a business plan?

Day 26: The Butterfly Effect: How Your Life Matters

Day 27: Are You Being Realistic About Your Goals?

Day 28: Information You Need to Know for Your Business Plan

Day 29: Business Plan Resources You Can Use

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