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A business plan is a written description of your business s future, a document that tells what you plan to do and how you plan to do it. If you jot down a paragraph on the back of an envelope describing your business strategy, you ve written a plan, or at least the germ of a plan.
Business plans are inherently strategic. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. You want to get to a there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out) at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Your plan shows how you will get from here to there.
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Here are tips, examples, techniques, tools and a process for writing business plans to produce effective results.
List and discuss the alternatives that were considered before arriving at the recommended strategy. Alternatives might include discontinuing a product, re-branding, positioning as a premium or value product, etc.
Discuss why the strategy was selected, then the marketing mix decisions (4 P''''''''s) of product, price, place (distribution), and promotion.
Get inspired with our gallery of over 500 example business plans. Choose the category that is closest to your own business or industry, and view a plan you like. LivePlan includes all 500 business plan samples, so you can easily reference any of them when you’re writing your own plan.
If you’re like most small business owners, you’ve never had to create a business plan before. In fact, you may have never even seen a formal business plan document let alone had to put one together.
A business plan is essential to have in place before you seek to start up a farm business, no matter what else you''ve done by way of preparation. In today''s world, animal agriculture is more complex and more variable than it was 100 years ago. There are changing markets, high costs, low profit margins, different ways to raise cattle, and niche markets. The type of business plan you make is up to you, but the following step-by-step process of making a proper business plan will help you in the long run.