Your Business Should Be Flexible, Not Rigid _ Your business needs to be flexible and dynamic. It needs to adapt to your customers needs, to the changes in the market, to the economic climate, to the available technology. It needs to evolve as you experiment with advertising media, copy, headlines, price points, offers, social networking and split testing. As you create a market you'll be surveying them to find out what they really want from your business and then you'll be creating exactly that. You'll be creating goals that you want to achieve and tracking them weekly or monthly using a spreadsheet. The common factors here are flexibility, experimentation and adaptation. Now tell me where a rigid five year business plan fits into this scenario? It doesn't, because a rigid plan is the last thing you need.
I don't know of better way than to let your business give you what you want for your lifestyle. Whether it's a sample business plan for a small business or one where your business gives you a plan, it should tell you what is needed to take you where you want to go and when and how you can get there and it should be in clear simple terms, supported with all the specifics. So using a sample business plan for a small business is just one of many ways to make a business plan but frankly I think designing one that will have your business give you exactly what you want is by far the best way.