The executive summary should be no more than two pages long, with brief summaries of other sections of the plan.
See How to Write the Executive Summary of the Business Plan to get you started.
In this section, you need to demonstrate that you have thoroughly analyzed the target market and that there is enough demand for your product or service to make your business viable.
The competitive analysis includes an assessment of your competition and how your business will compete in the sector.
It’s not easy to keep everything completely up-to-date as you make changes to your numbers, and integrating the right charts and graphs into your business plan is harder than it looks.
However, if you’re new to business planning and just want to get a sense of what a plan looks like and want to get the process started quickly and cheaply, then downloading a free template is the best way to get started.
So, if you don’t already know what you’re doing with the numbers, the process of writing your business plan may not be that much easier with a template.
Finally, merging data from Excel spreadsheets into your Word document is harder than it looks.
For a one-person, home-based consulting business the operating plan will be short and simple, but for a business such as a restaurant or a manufacturer that requires custom facilities, supply chains, specialized equipment, and multiple employees, the operating plan needs to be very detailed.
The Operating Plan Section of the Business Plan will provide you with additional information about your operating plan.