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What is a business plan and why do I need one?

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A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals and serves as your firm's resume.Its basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement and a cash flow analysis.It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make the right decisions.

Because it provides specific and organized information about your company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan package.
Additionally, it can tell your sales personnel, suppliers and others about your operations and goals.

NOTE: An area has been devoted to helping you with your business plan. Additional resources in completing a business plan can be found at Develop Your Business.