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Types of Business Plans



 There are four main kinds of business plans. There are plans that are extremely short called miniplans. You can have work plans, presentation plans, or electronic ones. These plans require different amounts of work and might not produce the same results. That means a longer plan is not always more effective than a shorter plan depending on what purpose you are using it for.



 The Miniplan. The Miniplan. A miniplan can be anywhere from one to 10 pages long. It must pay attention to key matters like business ideas as well as financing requirements as well as financial statements. Cash flow, income projections and balance sheet are all important. It can be used to test concepts quickly or to gauge the interest of potential partners or minor investors. It also serves as an excellent precursor to an elaborate plan.


 Miniplans should not be used for any other purpose than its intended purpose. It is not intended to serve to replace a comprehensive plan. It's not a good idea to give a miniplan to someone who needs an entire one.



 The Work Plan. Working plans are a tool you can use to run your business. While it should be detailed, it may not be concise enough to present the data. A working plan can be developed with more honesty and informality than a miniplan.


 It's possible for a strategy designed only for internal purposes to miss some important elements in a plan aimed at outsiders. It is probably not necessary to include an appendix with the resumes of top executives, for instance. Photos of products are an excellent addition to a working program.



 Work plans can be quite different in terms of their fit and finish. It doesn't have to be printed on top quality paper and kept in a fancy binder. An old three-ring binder with "Plan" scrawled across it with the help of a felt-tip marker can work quite well.



 Working plans that are aimed at outsiders require the same level of internal consistency in facts and figures. There are a few ways to make sure your working plan is as consistent as you can: being concise and concise, adhering to corporate style, and adhering the proper format of dates. The document is similar to an old pair of khakis you wear into the office on a Saturday or the one old delivery truck that never seems to get broken down. It's intended for use, not admiration.



 The plan for presenting. The presentation plan is a combination of a working plan with low emphasis on impression and cosmetics, and an adjustable knob that draws the attention to its appearance. The plan could be presented to bankers, investors and anyone else outside of the company.

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 Although your presentation plan might have a different design, almost all details will be exactly identical to that of your working plan. The standard business vocabulary should be used, including the terms like slang, jargon or shorthand that could be helpful in the workplace. Be aware that the readers will not be aware of your business. This strategy isn't intended to serve to remind people, but rather to be used as an introduction.



 You'll also have to include some added elements. Information on competitive threats and risks is among the most important elements investors must consider when conducting their due diligence. Even if the risks are only marginally significant the investors should be aware of these concerns.



 The main distinction between working plans and presentation is how they are presented. Working plans can be run off on the office printer, and then stapled at one corner. The presentation plan must be printed on a top-quality printer, probably with color. The plan for presentation should be bound in an unbound book that is durable and easy to understand. It should contain graphics like charts, graphs and tables, as well as illustrations.



 It is essential to follow an organized and consistent presentation plan. Unsympathetic outsiders could see any mistake in the plan as a misrepresentation. You will look less than prudent at the best. It is possible to wonder if you need an additional $40,000 to fund the plan However, the cashflow projections show $50,000 in financing within the first year. It's too late to amend the summary to reflect updated figures. The person you'd like to ask to contribute the cash is not likely to be so charitable.

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 The Electronic Plan. Most business plans are created using a computer, and later printed out. Information that used to be printed on paper and shared between business partners can now be electronically transferred. It may be suitable to create an electronically transferable version of your plan. An electronic version of your plans is helpful for presentations to an audience using a computer-driven overhead projection system, or to satisfy investor demands to dive deep into complicated spreadsheets.