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Question posted by Amazing Grace (2 points) 3 years ago.
Though it doesn't seem like it, writing a business plan for your type of business is, for the most part, similar to writing a business plan for any other business. The differences will mainly be that you may need to change the financials so that they fit a non-profit business. In that case you'll need a Funding Forecast instead of a Sales Forecast and you'll replace the Profit and Loss items with Surplus and Deficit.
I think you'll find lots of relevant information and help in the "How to write a business plan" section of our How to Articles. You can find that section here:
And like all business plans, use what is useful to your plan and leave out the sections or information that doesn't apply.
[Editorial note: We do try to avoid making sales pitches, but this question is exactly why Business Plan Pro was developed and is the market leader. Business Plan Pro has a toggle to switch from for profit to non-profit plans so it makes this easier.]
See if you have a local Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Business Resource Center or SCORE office to get advice on where to begin. You can check the list on Bplans.com (http://www.bplans.com/business_planning_resources/sbdc/ or http://www.bplans.com/business_planning_resources/score/). Your local Chamber of Commerce office should be able to provide some resources as well.
On Bplans.com there are over 500 sample business plans that you can learn from.
Answer posted by seanserrels (472 points) 3 years ago
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