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How to Write a Business Plan with CDROM Paperback – January, 2005

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...Examples and worksheets will help you present convincing financial opportunity to banks and investors in a format they understand. -- Home Office Computing

Here’s an easy-to-follow book that takes the reader step-by-step to get the budding entrepreneur off to a successful business start-up. -- San Francisco Examiner

Shows how to write a sound business plan. -- BusinessLIFE

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"A thorough self-help book that will lead you through the process. Examples and worksheets will help you present a convincing financial opportunity to banks and investors in a format they understand." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: How to Write a Business Plan
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 7th edition (January 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413300928
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413300925
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was disappointed with this book because I had thought it would be broader and relate to all kinds of businesses. But this book is very specific to the entrepreneur starting up his or her own business, only. Its examples are mostly of home-based businesses or small sole proprietorships. The writing is sometimes condescending and assumes you know nothing whatsoever about finances and investments (which may be good for some readers). It includes several chapters of additional information for start-up companies which take up a significant portion of the book and have little or nothing at all to do with writing a business plan. I feel like this book is mistitled and would be better named, "Mike's Guide to Founding and Funding your Own Business."
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If you are a biz start-up novice and aren't sure what you need to do to get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper in a logical, well-organized manner...you need this book. If you have a business plan to write and think you might get hung up on the finance section...you need this book. If you have an idea for a business and don't know what to do next...get this book.
While this book may not be for the MBA grad, it is for the entrepreneur who is breaking on the scene with a dream that they have to make happen. How to Write a Business Plan must have used as it's mantra, "baby steps, baby steps in the right direction." Take a project that can be overwhelming and use this book to go through the process in manageable steps.
Napoleon Hill said it and so did Robert Kiyosaki...every successful business starts with an idea. Are you ready...why just sit there thinking about your great idea...why not go ahead and make it happen?!?
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I gravitated towards this book after realizing that my business idea did not fit easily within any of the prepackaged business plan software. The idea of writing the financial forcasting projections and tables on my own was quite daunting, but following this book I not only understood how to write the plan, but learned a great deal about small business financials in the process. I had use the software in the past and I had not learned a thing. Here, for the first time I actually understood why a good business plan is important, aside from being a tool for getting people to lend you money, as an actual tool to making the business work. I highly recommend this book to anybody that wants to learn a bit more about financial planning before setting out to accomplish their dream. Personally I am very grateful to have found this book, as it made a hard job easy to do. Thanks Mike, your book is a winner.
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While writing a business plan, I spent two intense weeks with this book, reading and writing furiously every day. I came to understand phrases that had eluded me such as cash flow, profit and loss forecast, and gross profit percentage. It took me step by step through the process using simple, highly readable language, and short and interesting examples. The tear out forms in the back for filling in numbers are invaluable, and for the first time, while filling in the profit and loss forecast, the term "bottom line" took on real significance. The author also includes other extensive resources for new business owners and an excellent index. Scattered throughout are axioms and pieces of advice that I found truly helpful. Whether I succeed with this business or not is still up in the air, but it won't be for lack of having a good business plan!
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The book is a step-by-step guide on how to write a practical business plan particularly for entrepreneur starting a business. The reader is guided through the interrelated elements of a typical plan. These elements are the mission, market, competition, self-evaluation, opportunities, objectives, strategies, programmes, goals, resources and financials. The book has several examples from actual strategic plans, making it easy for the reader to understand the subject fully. The course is easy to follow and will help you think through your business and come up with a bankable business plan.

This is a well-written and thorough self-help book that will lead you through the business plan writing process. After reading the book, its several examples and worksheets, you should be able to present a convincing business plan with well-laid out financials that should be convincing, understandable and impressive to banks and investors.

The book is an excellent companion for the entrepreneur that is well worth having.
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By Mac on January 28, 2013
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How to Write a Business Plan really got me thinking about many things I didn't realize was important when starting a business. The author uses an easy to follow writing style and gives real life stories to help you understand what he is trying to convey. It is not written just for the business owner who is trying to get funding but for the new or want to be business owner as well. It's not the cure all book for business plans but it's the best help I've gotten so far. In the end you'll be glad you bought it.
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I bought this book out of appreciation for the 2008 edition signed-out from the local library, which was impressive. The author offers insightful, soul searching questions that should be answered that ensure the new business entrepreneur will not be venturing forward without a solid plan and expectation. I need this new edition to keep close at hand while my "business thinking and attitude" is being formed, for which the book definitely provides the guidance and illustrations. Yes, I would definitely recommend this book.
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