Creating a Business Plan For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118641256
  • ISBN-13: 9781118641255
  • DDC: 658.4012
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 168 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2014 | Published/Released May 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2014

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Whether you're starting a new business or you've been trading for a while, Creating a Business Plan For Dummies covers everything you need to know. Figure out whether your business idea is likely to work, how to identify your strategic advantage, and what you can do to gain an edge on the competition. Discover why a business plan doesn't have to be a thrity-page document that takes days to write, but can be a simple process that you do in stages as you work through your business concept. Learn how to prepare an elevator pitch, create a start-up budget, and create realistic sales projections. Discover how to predict and manage expenses, and assemble a financial forecast that enables you to calculate your break-even. Look at the risk involved in this business and experiment with different scenarios to see if you're on the right track.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Contents at a Glance.
Table of Contents.
1: Introduction.
2: Getting Started.
3: Letting Your Plan Take Flight.
4: Figuring out What's so Special about You (and Your Business).
5: Sizing up the Competition.
6: Doing the Groundwork.
7: Budgeting for Start-Up Expenses.
8: Figuring out Prices and Predicting Sales.
9: Calculating Costs and Gross Profit.
10: Planning for Expenses.
11: Checking Your Idea Makes Financial Sense.
12: Assembling Your Profit & Loss Projection.
13: Calculating Your Break-Even Point.
14: Creating Cashflows and Building Budgets.
15: Transforming Your Idea into Reality.
16: Separating Yourself from Your Business.
17: Developing a Strong Marketing Plan.
18: Staying One Step Ahead.
19: Managing Risk.
20: Pulling Together Your Written Plan.
21: The Part of Tens.
22: Ten Tips for Using Excel in Your Business Plan.
23: Ten Ideas for a Well-Presented Plan.
24: Ten Questions to Ask before You're Done.
Appendix: Sample Business Plan.
About the Author.
Author's Acknowledgements.