What are the best resources for writing a business plan?

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    #150 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

    50 Tips for Starting Your Own Company

    Here are 50 tips by Entrepreneur Magazine on how to make your business come to life.

    Articles

    Free

    Vihaan Khan
    Written on March 20, 2017
    "This is a reputable resource that lists both common and overlooked advice for people looking to start their own business both online and on land. It is a great checklist to help avoid wasting money while starting up the business and after the business is established."
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    #265 free web resources for starting your own business

    65 free web resources for starting your own business
    Want to start a business? Need to improve an existing business? Here is a step by step guide with free web resources that will help you on your way to suceess.
    Websites

    Free

    Cheng Chang
    Written on February 15, 2017
    "This website provides a really good all-in-one resource for writing a business plan. I have used to to help with certain legal stuff regarding my businesses, and there are multiple links that I can refer to when I encounter a certain problem. While I do like the large amount of resources available, it gets kind of tedious to scroll through some of them. I have to manually find the stuff that I want, and sometimes I don't want to have to look at all these information. Organize the site better, and this would make my experience more enjoyable."
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    #3Sample Business Plans

    Sample Business Plans
    A list of over 100 example business plans gathered by Entrepreneur Magazine.
    Websites

    Free

    Leonardo Amador
    Written on March 22, 2017
    "I don't know how other new business owners felt when they gt the ideal to start their own company but I know how I felt. I felt scare and alone and really lacking any direction. That is why I was so happy to find the site called Sample Business Plans. Sample Business Plans helped me get the right plan for my start up . This site was easy to navigate and explained terms I din't know and directed me to ideas I would have never considered . Do yourself a huge favor an check out this site."
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    #4Starting a Business - My Own Business Institute Course

    Starting a Business - My Own Business Institute Course
    The popular original course is designed for the entrepreneur who wants to start a business. Compromised of 15 sessions, cover the coursework at your own pace and learn the essentials. The content is clearly explained and has an emphasis on learning how to write a business plan.
    Course

    Free

    Amit Trivedi
    Written on February 23, 2017
    "It is great to be able to access a free online course on starting my own business. Although there are many resources "out there" for information on starting a business, a structured online course of study is very helpful to me. By the way... in your course description, you wrote: "Compromised of 15 sessions"... I'm sure you meant to write: "Comprised of 15 sessions". Just sayin'... :)"
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    #5Business Plan Template

    Business Plan Template
    A free completed business plan template that you can use to write your own plan from scratch.
    Websites

    Free

    Billy Fox
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "I started using the Business plan template offered by Bplans.com and found it to be a great help in starting to figure out my plan. The website was great in helping me, since I was not great at using programs like Excel on my own it provided a large boon to my confidence. After this, I was able to come up with a great plan and implement it saving me many hours of time and hard work."
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    #6[TUTORIAL] How to create a business plan - SBA Course

    [TUTORIAL] How to create a business plan - SBA Course
    In this webinar of the U.S. Small Business Administration, business planning expert Tim Berry helps entrepreneurs and small businesses better understand how to create a business plan.
    Course

    Free

    Kyle Gibson
    Written on April 9, 2017
    "I have a great idea in mind and I would always wanted to bring the idea into execution. But I wasn't sure where to start and I came across this SBA course by Tim Berry which gives a detailed overview of where to start and how to write a business plan effectively."
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    #7Business Planning Guide

    Business Planning Guide
    A curated list of articles that will help you write a business plan for the first time. It includes a free business plan template and over 500 sample business plans from your industry.
    Websites

    Free

    Carl George
    Written on February 10, 2017
    "This step by step guide was extremely helpful and clearly laid out all the aspects necessary of creating a business plan. All the ads on each of the pages were a little distracting from the content, but if it means the information is free, then it's worth it."
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    #8Creating a Business Plan - Lynda Course

    Creating a Business Plan - Lynda Course
    Looking to build a business or expand one you're already running? First you'll need to write a business plan. With this course, you will learn how to define your business, market, product, sales strategy, and more.
    Course

    $15.86- basic plan

    Sean Fox
    Written on April 18, 2017
    "Using Lynda Course to create a business plan is so seamless it doesn't even feel like I am working. It is a great way to incorporate many features into your business plan and gives you everything you need so you will not be forgetful. There is no easier way than using Lynda Course to do this."
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    #9Business Plan Pro

    Business Plan Pro
    With Business Plan Pro you will be able to Create a comprehensive, professional business plan that you can use now, to attract investors, and then continue to use to manage and grow your business.
    Software

    Windows

    $93.23- standard edition

    Sean Gomez
    Written on February 26, 2017
    "Starting a business plan is always very hard. I've looked at a few others and this was the best one that i found that i could understand. This software makes it much easier to do. There are lots of sample plans so you most likely will find one that meets your needs. They have expert advice to guide you through it. So I'm off to plan my business venture!!"
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    #10Biz Plan Builder

    Biz Plan Builder
    BizPlanBuilder provides multiple-choices of pre-scripted business plan narrative sections to edit, as well as preformatted financial models you can easily customize for your company.
    Software

    Windows

    $97- per year

    Ethan Ruiz
    Written on February 21, 2017
    "I really struggled with coming up with a convincing and thorough business plan for my start up. Biz Plan Builder, literally saved the day for me. It has a huge list of pre-scripted business plans that you can go through and flesh out. It even has financial models. It literally has everything you need to be polished, convincing, and secure to present yourself to investors. "
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    #11Live Plan

    Live Plan
    LivePlan is more than just easy to use business plan software. It gives you expert guidance, creates professional and complete plans, and even does the math for you.
    Software

    Windows

    $19.95- per month

    Amit Khan
    Written on March 1, 2017
    "Business has always been part of my life, as I started my first business at the ripe age of twenty five. I have been told that I had a strong back and a weak mind. Years have passed and my back is not as strong as it once was. I have several ideas of starting a new business venture. Live Plan might be just what I needed to get my idea off the ground and running. After reading a few of Live Plans' customers stories, I am convinced that with their help, I can successfully plan and initiate a new business. "
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    #12500 Free Sample Business Plans

    500 Free Sample Business Plans
    Get inspired with this 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.
    Websites

    Free

    John Gonzalez
    Written on January 24, 2017
    "I was looking for some suggestions on how to create a business plan for my new business. I came across 500 Free Sample Business Plans on the web and I was able to find quite a few free ideas for various types of businesses that I might be starting. This was a good resource for me that helped me get a lot of ideas down that I hadn't thought of before."
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    #13Write Your Business Plan

    Write Your Business Plan
    A business plan is an essential roadmap for business success. This living document projects 3-5 years ahead and outlines the route a company intends to take to grow revenues.
    Websites

    Free

    Richard Brewer
    Written on April 10, 2017
    "I have been scouring the Internet to find a website that could give me all the tools needed to come up with a business plan. I finally found it here! My favorite part was the step by step directions that you can follow to ensure you have included everything you need to come up with the perfect business plan. I found that the website was easy to use and understand which was very important to me. "
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    #14Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing

    Epic Content Marketing is a book by Joe Pulizzi. It provides step by step process in creating strategies by using stories from Google, social media and mainstream press. 

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    Joe Holmes
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "THis is a great book to show you how to get that business plan together. It shows you how to get down and put your thoughts together."
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    #15The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan

    The 1-Page Marketing Plan is a guide written by Allan Dib for easier and faster business strategy. It is divided into nine squares and shows how to be a marketing hero from zero.

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    Jessica Harper
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I was looking for something simple and yet professional to make a marketing plan and present. I tried out The 1-Page Marketing Plan and loved it. I love the ease of use and the impression that it makes."
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    #16Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing

    Managing Content Marketing is a book written by Robert Rose and Joe Pulizzi for helping aspiring entrepreneurs. It gives tips on how to manage a business on a smaller scale. 

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    Margaret Simpson
    Written on March 23, 2018
    "Businesses plans are important parts of business. Managing Content Marketing gives you pointers on how to manage this for business in smaller scales."
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    #17The Greatest Trade Ever

    The Greatest Trade Ever

    The Greatest Trade Ever is a book by Gregory Zuckerman that tells the story of how John Paulson conquered the real estate business in Wallstreet. This will surely inspire readers to take a chance on investments. 

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    Jane Porter
    Written on March 26, 2018
    "I am looking for help on how to write a business proposal. Sadly this solution wants me to read about how someone was successful on Wall Street. This is not close to what I need. "
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    #18Poor Charlie's Almanack

    Poor Charlie's Almanack
    Poor Charlie's Almanack is a book by Charles Munger where he shares his knowledge about business and investment. He gives a unique approach to share everything he knows so that the readers will be knowledgeable after reading his book. 
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    Peter Ellis
    Written on April 9, 2018
    "Interesting take on business and how to run one. Worth picking up and looking at if you are thinking about starting your own business and you dont know where to turn or where to get started at."
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    #19Octalysis

    Octalysis

    Octalysis is a gamification framework created by Yu-Kai Chou that lists epic meaning & calling, development & accomplishment, empowerment of creativity & feedback, ownership & possession, social influence & relatedness, scarcity & impatience, unpredictability & curiosity, and loss & avoidance as the eight core drives of gamification.

    Other

    Free

    Lawrence Ryan
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "Yu-kai Chou has created a framework around what he calls the "8 Core Drives of Gamification." The result, Octalysis, thinks about the motivation of customers or users in terms of each of those 8 core drives. Not every business is going to be run effectively on this model, and there are aspects of a business play that Octalysis does not really touch on. Still, this is a useful piece of a larger business plan, and a helpful exercise for entrepreneurs and managers. "
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    #20Gamification Design Framework

    Gamification Design Framework

    The Gamification Design Framework is a model by Andrzej Marczewski that contemplates three main phases: defining, designing and building, and refining. On each of these phases, you consider various aspects that will help you create the solution you need.

    Other

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    Jacob Garcia
    Written on October 31, 2017
    "This is one method of writing a business plan. I've dabbled with it a bit but I don't think I'll be using it. I prefer something down to earth and not new age psychology. "
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    #21How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast

    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast
    How to Open and Operate a Bed & Breakfast by Jan Stankus is a country-style lifestyle magazine originally published in 1986. This practical guidebook explores the necessities in starting a bed and breakfast business.
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    Janet Pierce
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This book touched upon some of the subjects I was interesting in learning but I do feel like there are probably more comprehensive books out there on the subject. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for writing a business plan
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
150 Tips for Starting Your Own CompanyArticles 22 Free
265 free web resources for starting your own businessWebsites 19 Free
3Sample Business PlansWebsites 16 Free
4Starting a Business - My Own Business Institute CourseCourse 14 Free
5Business Plan TemplateWebsites 13 Free
6[TUTORIAL] How to create a business plan - SBA CourseCourse 12 Free
7Business Planning GuideWebsites 11 Free
8Creating a Business Plan - Lynda CourseCourse 9 Paid
9Business Plan ProSoftware 7 Paid
10Biz Plan BuilderSoftware 7 Paid
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