How to Prepare a Business Plan

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Kogan Page Publishers, 2008 - 182 pages
A good business plan should impress potential financial backers by clarifying aims, providing a blueprint for the future of your company and a benchmark against which to measure growth.How to Prepare a Business Plan explains the whole process clearly, and includes guidance on: producing cash flow forecasts and sample business plans; expanding a business; planning the borrowing; and monitoring business progress.The author introduces several small businesses as case studies, analysing their business plans, monitoring their progress and discussing their problems. Whether you are looking to start up or expand, this practical advice will help you to prepare a plan that is tailored to the requirements of your business - one that will get you the financial backing you need.

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Introduction
1
Writing a business plan
5
Simple cash flow forecasts
17
The very small business
30
Retail and catering
46
Manufacturing
72
Expanding a business
93
The market
112
How not to write a business plan or run a business
126
Maintaining the plan
132
Small business and the trade cycle
139
Monitoring progress
144
Postscript
163
Where to go for further advice
164
Help for small businesses
168
Useful names addresses and websites
173

Planning the borrowing
118

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Edward Blackwell was a consultant on small business affairs. A former accountant, he ran his own business for many years, and so was well placed to offer advice. He was the author of several Kogan Page books. How to Prepare a Business Plan is his best-known title and has, since its first edition, been translated into several languages.

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