Collaborating with Microsoft, Guy Kawasaki has created a terrific business plan template in Word Web App that can be customized and then downloaded to your computer.
This template is clean, simple, and easy to understand. For each section, Kawasaki tells you what you need to write. Once you have downloaded the file and opened it in Word, you can upload your logo, type in content, and then print a final copy — to share with potential partners, clients, or even use in formal presentations for securing capital.
With his colorful language, Kawasaki goes straight for the jugular in every section. For example, in the Sales and Marketing section of the business plan template, he writes:
“So imagine yourself in the marketplace. You’ve got a knife in your teeth. How are you going to capture the market?”
If you’ve been spending any time at all thinking through what problems your business solves, answering this question becomes a fun exercise. If you are still in the vague stage of developing your ideas, this kind of question will force you to unearth more specific details.
What I have always admired about Guy Kawasaki is his no-nonsense style of addressing topics. He doesn’t mince words, nor does he give a false sense that writing a business plan will be easy.
It’s not, but that’s the point. The hard work that goes into creating your business plan pays off ten-fold down the road. And with this handy business plan template ready made for you, there are no more excuses if you are truly serious about launching that business you have always dreamed about!
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