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Do You Need a Business Plan? Scientific Research Says Yes

Do you really need a business plan? What does the scientific research say about business planning—does it actually lead to success? The answer to both questions is yes—and here's how it works.

Noah Parsons |

Are You Cut Out to Run a Kennel or Pet Boarding Business?

Opening or buying a dog kennel or pet boarding business can be rewarding far beyond the potential profits. Here's how to determine if it's a smart business move for you.

Bruce Hakutizwi |

How to Forecast Cash Flow

A profitable business will still fail if you can't pay the bills—so a good cash flow analysis might be the most important piece of a business plan. Here's how to forecast cash flow.

Tim Berry |

A Simpler Plan for Startups

What kind of business plan do you need? It depends on the size of your business, and what you're using the business plan for. Here's how to determine what kind of business plan is right for your startup.

Tim Berry |

What Is a Balance Sheet?

Learn what defines a balance sheet, the importance of a balance sheet in your business plan, and view some balance sheet examples.

Angelique O'Rourke |

How to Create a Successful Crowdfunding Video for Your Startup

Crowdfunding can be an effective way for startups and entrepreneurs to raise funds and to test the market for new ideas, but there are a few secrets to organizing a successful crowdfunding campaign to keep in mind. Here's how to create a crowdfunding video that will help better the chances of reaching your crowdfunding goals.

Emily Ludolf |

How to Write a Business Plan for a Fix-n-Flip Real Estate Company

If you’re thinking about starting a business that buys up homes, fixes them up and then re-sells them at a profit, the first step is to write a business plan. This guide will walk you through the steps of how to write a full business plan for your real estate company.

Sarah Hovet |

How to Develop a Market Analysis for Your Business Plan

The sales and marketing section of the standard business plan includes three parts—the market analysis, the marketing plan, and the sales plan. Keep it short and simple—just big enough to cover your actual business need. Here's how to develop your market analysis for your business plan.

Tim Berry |


Free Resources for Entrepreneurs

Business Plan Template Download

Stuck looking at a blank page? Get to know the general layout of a standard business plan with this free template.

One-Page Business Pitch Template

Validate a new business idea, or quickly develop your business strategy by starting with a one-page pitch. Do this before you plan!

Tim Berry's Guide to Starting a Business

Expert guidance on starting a business from business planning authority Tim Berry.

The Art of Pitching for Funding eBook

Need Cash? Pitching expert, Caroline Cummings, shares pitch techniques, secrets and tools in this easy-to-read guide.

Free SWOT Analysis Template

Develop smart strategies to grow your business by conducting a simple SWOT Analysis. Start with this one-page template.

"Start, Run & Grow Your Business" ebook

Tips and advice for entrepreneurs and business owners looking to take their company to the next level.

Bplans offers free business plan samples and templates, business planning resources, How-to articles, financial calculators, industry reports and entrepreneurship webinars.