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It is likely you will need funding to start your business unless you have your own money. Discover some of the main sources of start up funding.

Businesses and individuals must account for and pay various taxes. Understand your tax obligations and how to file, account and pay any taxes you owe.

Businesses are required to comply with a wide range of business laws. We introduce the main rules and regulations you must comply with.

Learn why business planning is an essential exercise if your business is to start and grow successfully, attract funding or target new markets.

Marketing matters. It drives sales and helps promote your brand and products. Discover how to market your business and reach your target customers.

Some businesses need a high street location whilst others can be run from home. Understand the key factors from cost to location, size to security.

Your employees can your biggest asset. They can also be your biggest challenge. We explain how to recruitment and manage staff successfully.

It is likely your business could not function without some form of IT. Learn how to specify, buy, maintain and secure your business IT.

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How to create a simple business plan

 

Business planning is an essential step for any budding entrepreneur. Creating a simple business plan helps you assess whether your business idea is viable and sets out how you are going to achieve your dream of starting a business

Writing a simple business plan allows you to detail what your business will do, how you will do it and address any possible hurdles you will need to cross. A failure to plan can lead to expensive mistakes - and could mean your business never successfully gets off the ground. Alan Gleeson answers our questions on creating a simple business plan below.

What is a simple business plan?

A simple business plan is a business plan typically produced by small, start up businesses. You write your business plan as normal but you reduce the breadth of content in certain sections of your business plan.

Why would I write a simple business plan?

Simple business plans are appropriate when there are a lot of unknowns or when you are still at the idea creation stage. At this point you might not want to invest significant time and resources in a full-blown business plan but are looking to produce a business plan that will enable you to forward it to interested parties for further consideration. Once you have received feedback you can then proceed with a full-blown business plan.

What sections does a simple business plan contain?

The simple business plan contains much of the same content of a standard business plan but certain sections can be put on hold. For example, the cash flow statement and balance sheet sections can be skipped and a greater emphasis can be placed on the idea, the market opportunity, the likely demand and the routes to market.

What is the point of a simple business plan?

One frequent problem entrepreneurs have is that they can keep ideas ‘in their head‘ rather than commit them to paper. However, ideas are practically worthless when they relate to a product or service in isolation (or without providing a market and commercial context). By producing a simple business plan, the entrepreneur is taking the next step towards their idea reaching fruition.  A simple business plan will ensure that there is a holistic view of the business opportunity and an assessment of whether it is commercially viable or not.

How do I create a simple business plan?

You can write a simple business plan from scratch paring back some of the content you might include in a full business plan. If you are unsure where to start, there are plenty of free and subscription business plan templates you can use.

Business Plan Pro has the option of a simple business plan built in. The benefit of this is the number of tasks you need to undertake is reduced from the number needed to produce a standard business plan.

Written with thanks to Alan Gleeson, SaaS marketing consultant

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