Following on from my article The Ultimate List of Free Business Advice Online Resources, we decided to compile a list of resources specifically for business plans. Some may think business plans are only really for those looking for investment or loans. Actually the process of creating a business plan can really help you get a deeper knowledge of your market, confirm your numbers and also identify any flaws your currently have in your strategy.
We have collected a list of websites that provide articles, guides and templates for business plans. As a bonus we have also listed some video resources covering the topic of business plans.
Business Plan Resources
They provide some very useful tools in the form of business plan templates (Word doc and PDF) and an Excel spreadsheet to help you plan your financials.
Barclays offer guidance on writing a business plan, first year financial tips and how to research your business.
Bplans offer over 500 sample business plans covering a vast range of sectors, as well as how to articles and tools such as business calculators.
Startup Donut has an in-depth guide to creating a business plan, which is laid out in a very easy to follow format.
This site has lots of articles covering before you write your business plan, how to write your business plan, tools, business plan templates and videos.
Sage has a really detailed guide on writing a business plan as well as providing a business plan template.
Lloyds Bank provide a guide on a how to write a business plan as well as providing a sample plan.
You can download a business plan template from Virgin Startup in addition to applying for a loan.
You can download a free business plan template from Startup Loans plus they provide some additional guidance on completing your business plan.
Another in-depth guide that contains a lot of useful information on preparing your business plan.
Startups contains a lot of very relevant articles for those wanting to learn more about preparing business plans.
Lots of information about business plans, including numerous tools and templates such as Excel profit and loss spreadsheets, but unfortunately the content isn’t really that easy to navigate. Don’t let that put you off though as there is a lot here.
Well laid out business plan information including a business plan template.
A very in-depth guide on writing a business plan as well as interactive tool/template that allows you to fill in each section of your business plan and then download it.
ICAEW – Business Plan Guide PDF
A PDF guide to writing up a business plan. Useful to download on your phone and read whilst on the tube or anywhere you won’t have mobile internet.
CIMA – Business Plan Essential Checklist PDF
A PDF checklist from CIMA covering a range of topics from finances, business values to growth and managing staff.
A number of resources including a start up business plan guide PDF download and a number of business plan samples.
A detailed guide by Dave Lavinsky on how to prepare your business plan.
A wide range of sample business plans covering enterprises from restaurants, retail and hospitality to fitness, education and legal.
Lots of business plan tools and templates including checklists, financial calculators, glossaries and apps.
NI Business Info
A lot of business plan related advice in addition to a business plan Word doc template.
Shell LiveWire provide a number of articles, links to useful resources in addition to having their own forum where you can ask the community for help with your business plan.
The Guardian newspaper has a pretty useful article, which provides general business plan tips as well as advice from business advisers and entrepreneurs.
Crowdcube provide a PDF download of their business plan guide, so you can read it on the go no matter where you are.
They provide a number of articles on business planning in addition to a Word doc template and also some tools such as the cash flow calculator.
The British Library website has a number of articles about business planning in addition to running workshops and events where they say you can get help with your business plan.
Bytestart has a wealth of business planning advice in the form of articles.
A rather unique business planning template. Lots of useful information here and we would recommend giving this one a go.
Business Plan Video Resources
Business Wales – How to Write a Business Plan
Tai Lopez – How to Write a Great Business Plan
10 Key Questions to Address: Business Plans – How to Start a Business
How to Write a Business Plan | How to Start a Business
If you know of any other great business plan resources, then please do include them in a comment below and we’ll be happy to update this article.