Starting a business goes far beyond simply having a viable idea. Even if Pennsylvania entrepreneurs get their business operational in a small capacity, they will likely need to reach out to investors at some point if they hope to grow their company. As a result, having a business plan is necessary for that growth.
A business plan can give potential investors and other applicable parties a quick look at the company, its owners and its future goals. This information could make or break a potential investment opportunity, which is why the information is presented in an effective and efficient way. These plans can vary in length from a few pages to dozens of pages, but having key elements in the plan is essential.
Some of those key elements to include in a business plan are:
- An executive summary that encapsulates the entirety of the plan in two pages so that potential investors get a snapshot of the important details
- A marketing plan that provides information on market analysis, competitive analysis and particular steps for marketing the product or service
- Biographies that provide information about experience, skills and achievements in business for individuals in the key managerial positions
- A financial plan that details why the business venture is achievable and has the ability to turn a profit
While these four elements are crucial to a business plan, the plan can include much more information as well, such as descriptions of products or services, management organizational structures, legal information, key assets and more. A strong plan could allow potential investors to see the viability of a business. When creating this type of plan, it is important that Pennsylvania entrepreneurs know what should be included and how to present the information effectively.