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Business plan development is a critical part of starting off any business. Entrepreneurs all across the world struggle with how to start their plan and begin developing their dream business. While the process is long and hard there are many ways to help in the process. If you are starting to create your business plan, several programs, books, people and tips can help you.

First, just as it is when you are researching a report or project you must start where the most pertinent information can be found. I suggest the library. There are thousands of books that can help you through the process of developing your business plan. One such book that is often listed as a good helper is New Venture Creation by Jeffry A. Timmons.

Second, there are several things you need to familiarize yourself with, the biggest being your target market. They are quite possibly the largest part of your business plan development. Whatever you market is, they are the group that dictates things such as location, advertisement and goods. They should be the biggest focus in developing your business plan. Other areas you should be familiar in before you begin organizing your plan include: how you will finance your business, who your competitors are, and why you're product is better than your competitors are.

Once you know enough about your business you can begin. Here you have several options on how you want to proceed. For true beginners it is probably a good idea to find what is called a business template. These templates organize your plan for you. They act as a worksheet where you can simply fill in your answers. If this is how you decide to precede, make sure you find a market specific template. Understand though, that if you wish your business plan to be taken seriously a template is not the last step, it is merely an organizational tool before you being the true business plan. Development of a business is a long process, so be patient.

For some a template does not hold much interest. All is not lost; there is help for those people as well. A few software companies have tried their hands at creating a guide to business plan development. These programs act as wizards that walk you through the process and give suggestions as you go along. This method takes longer than the templates, as it is focused to be more of your own work; however, if done right, the programs should help develop business plans that can stand up to sound scrutiny.

Many entrepreneurs chose to do things entirely free from preset forms and programs. For those who want to dictate their own organization, but get a little jumbled along the way there are business consultant firms that are more than happy to help with your business plan development, for a fee of course. More often than not this advice is pricey. However, it will usually pay off to spend the extra money for higher quality advice. If a consultant is necessary, you will need to be the dominant force in the business plan development, or you might find the final product being something other than what you wanted.

The internet is also very valuable recourse in creating your business plan. Use the internet with caution though. Sometimes the sheer amount of information can be strangling. Always check the credibility of a site and make sure all information is valid before incorporating it into a business plan.

Business plan development is not an aspect of entrepreneurship that can be ignored. If you are truly serious about beginning your business it is necessary to have an organized, presentable and coherent plan that will impress. Often times a business plan will be doing the speaking for you, and just as reviewers would judge you by your appearance, so they will judge your papers by appearance. So while business plan development may be your largest project in creating your own business, it also something you can enjoy doing, have fun with it.

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