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How to write a business plan

Author: Mike P McKeever
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Nolo, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 12th editionView all editions and formats
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Explains how to create the loan package necessary to finance a business and make it work, covering such topics as assessing the potential of a business idea, estimating operating expenses, and finding sources of financing.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mike P McKeever
ISBN: 9781413320787 1413320783 9781413320794 1413320791
OCLC Number: 904771602
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 324 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Benefits of writing a business plan : What is a business plan? ; Why write a business plan? ; Issues beyond the plan --
2. Do you really want to own a business? : Self-evaluation exercises ; How to use the self-evaluation lists ; Reality check: banker's analysis --
3. Choosing the right business : Know your business ; Be sure you like your business ; Describe your business ; Taste, trends, and technology: how will the future affect your business? ; Break-even analysis: will your business make money? ; What you have accomplished --
4. Potential sources of money to start or expand your small business : Ways to raise money ; Common money sources to start or expand a business ; Now that you've proven yourself, how about expanding? ; If no one will finance your business, try again ; Secondary sources of financing for start-ups or expansions --
5. Your resume and financial statement : Draft your business accomplishment resume ; Draft your personal financial statement --
6. Your profit and loss forecast : What is a profit and loss forecast? ; Determine your average cost of sales ; Complete your profit and loss forecast ; Review your profit and loss forecast --
7. Your cash flow loss forecast and capital spending plan : Prepare your capital spending plan ; Prepare your cash flow forecast ; Required investment for your business ; Check for trouble --
8. Write your marketing and personnel plans : Marketing plan ; Personnel plan --
9. Editing and finalizing your business plan : Decide how to organize your plan ; Write final portions of your plan ; Create the appendix ; Create title page and table of contents ; Complete your final edit ; Consider using a business consultant --
10. Selling your business plan : How to ask for the money you need ; How to approach different backers ; What to do when someone says "yes" ; Plan in advance for legal details --
11. After you open: keeping on the path to success : Watch out for problem areas ; Getting out of business --
12. Good resources for small businesses : Business consultants ; Books ; Pamphlets ; Magazines: continuing small business help ; Computers and business ; Online business resources ; Formal education --
Appendixes : A. Business plan for a small service business ; B. Business plan for a manufacturing business ; C. Business plan for project development ; D. How to use the interactive forms : Editing RFTs ; Files on the book's companion page.
Responsibility: Mike P. McKeever.

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Explains how to create the loan package necessary to finance a business and make it work, covering such topics as assessing the potential of a business idea, estimating operating expenses, and finding sources of financing.

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