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Write a business plan: step-by-step

Introduction

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 your business and:

  • its objectives
  • its strategies
  • the market it is in
  • 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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