A business plan is simply a plan of what your goals are for the business, and how you plan to go about accomplishing them. Some people refer to it as a vision for your business. I like to refer to it as a blue print or a road map to accomplishing your goals. Your plan should be spelled out in clear and defining terms and be kept simple. It should be a written document and used as a tool in managing the business. A plan should include but is not limited to the following: 1. A statement of your business purpose 2. A description of your company 3. The goals of your company 4. The structure of the company (sole_proprietorship, partnership or corporation) 5. The product or service that you are selling 6. A market analysis of your product or service 7. Resources spent (time and money) 8. A financial plan to include financial statements 9. Information about the managing principals in the company 10. How you plan to manage and operate the company
So if you can put this all together, you can have a complete business operating plan that would show you exactly what your business would need to do to give you the income and profit you would like to have and a rough idea whether your market would support it or not. All you would have left to do would be to figure out how to make it all happen. It's like planning backwards. 1. Determine what you want in life 2. Figure out what your business would need to do to give you that life. 3. Figure out how long it would take you to reach it. 4. Figure out how big of a market it would take each of the years you're planning for. 5. Then see if that market is big enough.