Business Plans

8 Ways to Make Your Business Proposal Stand Out

8 Ways to Make Your Business Proposal Stand Out

When it comes to winning new customers, the proposal you put in front of potential clients is key. If you’re using the same template for each business proposal that you send out, you’re missing the opportunity to customize each one for maximum engagement and impact.

8 Ideas to Start a Business Helping Seniors

8 Ideas to Start a Business Helping Seniors

Are you looking for a profitable, affluent and growing market to target with a new business? Then you may want to stop thinking about those trendy millennial and Generation Z consumers and start focusing on senior citizens.

From Older Americans Month in May to National Senior Citizens Day in August, there are plenty of days to celebrate people age 65 and older. In fact, small business owners and entrepreneurs should celebrate seniors all year long, because there are so many businesses you can start to serve them.

Business Plan Template for a Startup Business

Writing a business plan is an opportunity to carefully think through every step of starting your company so you can prepare for success.

This is your chance to discover any weaknesses in your business idea, identify opportunities you may not have considered, and plan how you will deal with challenges that are likely to arise. A well-written business plan can help convince investors or lenders to finance your business.

This template includes instructions for each section of the business plan, followed by corresponding fillable worksheet/s.

After you complete the 11 worksheets, you will have a working business plan for your startup.

The business plan sections include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Products and Services
  • Marketing Plan
  • Operational Plan
  • Management & Organization
  • Startup Expenses & Capitalization
  • Financial Plan
  • Appendices

The last section, “Refining Your Plan,” explains ways you may need to modify your plan for specific purposes, such as getting a bank loan, or for specific industries, such as retail.

Complete this template to create a working business plan for your startup. Then, contact your local SCORE mentor to review and refine your plan.