It is essential to have a realistic, working business plan when you're starting up a business.
A business plan is a written document that describes a business, its objectives, its strategies, the market it is in and its financial forecasts. It has many functions, from securing external funding to measuring success within your business.
This guide will show you how to prepare a high-quality plan using a number of easy-to-follow steps, including what a business plan should include, your business markets and competitors and marketing and sales. There is also a downloadable business plan template.
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- Write a business plan: step-by-step