“A step-by-step guide to creating a business plan!”
June 1, 2006
UNR - UNLV
Reno - Las Vegas – Henderson – Carson City - Elko
Ely – Fallon – Gardnerville - Pahrump - Winnemucca
Business Plans Made Simple
“A step-by-step guide to writing a business plan.”
Why Write a Business Plan?
• Gets you organized!
• Helps you get a loan!
• Helps you not be in the 80% of small businesses that fail within the first five years
How long will it take me to write a business plan?
• Writing a business plan is often a long process. It depends on a lot of different
factors, but writing a business plan can take dozens of revisions. Each revision
can take a lot of time. Do not put yourself in the position to rush yourself through
the business plan creation process because this plan is what you are going to
depend on once your business is up and running, as well as to get your business
up and running.
• There are business plans from a few pages in length to hundreds of pages
(including appendices). Take the time to thoroughly explain every aspect of your
business. If your business plan tells all there is to know about your business then
it is long enough. If it does not, keep writing. The person reading your business
plan needs to know that you thought about everything from the legal structure to
who is going to vacuum. Every detail is important.
How do I get started?
Gather all of your information pertaining to your business including:
• Legal documents
• Starch pieces of paper with ideas written on them
• Prototypes, mockups
• ANYTHING ELSE YOU CAN THINK OF!!
The Business Plan Outline
The first thing a person should do is learn about the different sections of a business plan.
Here is a generic outline. All sections may or may not pertain to you and your business.
• Look at this outline
• Understand what each section is about.
• Figure out what sectio