Business plan templates come in all forms, shapes and sizes. The beauty of PDF business plan templates, however, is that users can create their own business plans while having a guide or reference point readily available in front of them. Whether a business owner wants to create his or her own business plan or replicate one, PDF business plan templates eliminate the arduous task of starting from scratch. Below are 10 PDF business plan templates to help you get started.
1. SBA business plan template
If you need a business plan template for a small business, there is no better place to look than the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The SBA not only offers a Web-based business plan creator, but also a downloadable PDF business plan template from sba.gov's 8(a) Business Development Program. This no-fuss, straightforward business plan template hashes out the details of a business, with more than 50 prompts to help users answer the questions needed for a complete business plan. [How to Start a Business: Step-by-Step]
2. VA business plan template
Another government organization, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), also provides useful resources for starting a business. In addition to offering a business plan template and financial projections charts, the VA's Writing a Business Plan PDF contains information on why an entrepreneur should create a business plan, basic business plan guidelines and tips on the do's and don'ts of writing a business plan.
3. New York StartUP! business plan
Used as the official business plan for the New York StartUP! 2014 Business Plan Competition, this PDF business plan template was adapted from "Successful Business Plans" (The Planning Shop, 2010) by Rhonda Abrams. Each of the 12 sections of this business plan template includes instructions explaining what type of information to enter, as well as chapter references so you can look up more details. In addition, the template includes a SWOT analysis and optional technology plan.
4. BEC's elevator pitch template
Need a quick and painless, albeit unconventional, business plan? Try the Business & Entrepreneurship Center's (BEC) elevator pitch business plan. Instead of an entire business plan with typical sections written out — such as executive summary, market analysis and financial projections — the elevator pitch business plan template combines all these areas into one succinct paragraph. Find examples at the BEC's downloadable PDF elevator pitch small business plan template.
5. The One Page Business Plan Company's business plan template
Hate the idea of writing out an entire essay for a business plan? The One Page Business Plan Company offers a one-page business plan separated into several sections — vision, mission, objectives, strategies and action plans. You can answer all of these sections using keywords and short phrases. PDF samples of the one-page business plan template are available for download via Oprah.com.
6. $100 Startup One-Page Business Plan
Business plans don't have to be complicated. The $100 Startup's One-Page Business Plan template helps users craft a business plan by answering several short questions. You can answer each question in one or two sentences. This PDF one-page template covers everything from an overview of your business to marketing, money matters and obstacle projections.
7. Biz Kids business plan template
Biz Kids, an online portal where kids teach kids about money and business, offers a step-by-step guide to writing a business plan. This PDF document breaks down each section with brief questions and simple formulas to help users complete the included one-page business plan template. Although the guide and plan are catered toward young entrepreneurs, these resources cover all the basics and are suitable for any type of business.
8. Rowan University College of Business' sample plan
Thinking about starting a consulting business? Check out Rowan University's sample consulting business plan template. Part of the university's Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 2013 Rohrer Business Plan Competition, this 30-page PDF business plan template is a comprehensive example of what a consulting business plan entails, complete with financial charts and balance sheets.
9. iPlanner.net business plan template
IPlanner.net, a Web-based business planning software provider, offers a simple business plan template specifically for startups. The downloadable PDF business plan template includes instructions and tips for completing each section, as well as sample charts to help users complete the financial areas of the business plan.
10. SNIEDC fill-in-the-blank business plan
If you want to cover all of your bases, look no further than the Seneca Nation of Indians Economic Development Company's (SNIEDC) PDF fill-in-the-blank business plan template. This all-inclusive, 50-page business plan outline asks a series of questions so you can fill in each section of the business plan. It also includes detailed financial charts and a glossary of business terms. The SNIEDC is a Salamanca, N.Y.-based organization that aims to provide financial services and working capital support for enrolled members of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.