To me a small business is one of the best things you can have if you enjoy operating a business; however, it does require a lot more than just enjoying ownership and running a business. Especially if you are starting a small business and even if you have had a business for many years, you should know what you want for your future. Never guess about your business. You see, without a plan, you are just guessing. We business people work hard and we always continue to hope for the best but when we guess, we're taking a lot of risks. You've probably heard the old saying from an unknown author that says, "If you fail to plan, then plan to fail." As a matter of fact, did you know that the Small Business Administration says that 50% of small business owners will fail sometime during their first 5 years? There are lots of reasons but one big one is that owners don't have a plan. Another is they have picked a product or service that doesn't have a big enough market to sustain their business and sometime during their future they will run out of customers.
The third section is your business profile. Here is where you present the details of how you will do business. Spell out the details about facility rental, materials acquisition, and staffing requirements. Detail the volume of trade that you need to reach the break_even point, and project when you foresee reaching that point. The fourth section is your economic assessment. Explain the niche in the economy that your business will fill, and why it will succeed. Bring in studies provided by regulatory agencies if appropriate and possible. Show demographics and traffic flow if appropriate. Show your potential lenders why your business is the place to put their money. Finally, provide a cash flow assessment, projecting a one_year plan. Again, be realistic, but not pessimistic. Do provide for potential economic difficulties and how you will address them.