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Should You Hire Someone To Write Your Business Plan?

I co-own a startup company recently founded between myself and a partner. Neither of us have the core skills to write a clear and coherent business plan. However, we have very forward vision, goals, built-up clients and community, a strong advisory panel and all around great prospects. What would you advise we do, if not […]

I co-own a startup company recently founded between myself and a partner. Neither of us have the core skills to write a clear and coherent business plan. However, we have very forward vision, goals, built-up clients and community, a strong advisory panel and all around great prospects. What would you advise we do, if not hire someone to write the business plan and do the projections?

I put this question in the “check your assumptions category.” I have yet to meet any entrepreneur that doesn’t “have the core skills to write a clear and coherent business plan.” There are a wide range of “business plan writing” products – including many free or inexpensive web resources or non-profit organizations such as SCORE that provide resources for small business owners.

Writing a good business plan is hard. At one point, it was an entry point for discussion with most funding sources (angels and VCs). Today, while a formal business plan is less critical to get in the door, the exercise of writing a business plan is incredibly useful. As an entrepreneur, I was involved in writing numerous business plans. It’s almost always tedious, time consuming, and difficult but resulted in me having a much better understanding of the business I was trying to create.

Today, there are an amazing number of examples of business plans available on the web – both for successful and failed businesses. Using someone else’s plan as a guide is always a great place to start. In addition, there are plenty of great books – such as Business Plans that Work – that can help you with the process.

Now – I’m separating the actual text of the business plan from the financial projections. While your financial model is also important, it does require some specialized knowledge to put together in a logical way. You can learn some of this from resources on the web, including some of the business plan builder software products such as Palo Alto Business Plan Pro 2007 or Nova Business Plan Writer Deluxe 2006 . Alternatively, you can seek out a local accounting resource that has experience working with entrepreneurs to create financial models.

While ultimately you can just hire someone to do this, I’d still suggest you check your assumptions. I bet one of your advisors has one or more sample plans you can look at and would be willing to work with you to help you create a plan for your business.

Brad Feld

Brad has been an early-stage investor and entrepreneur for over thirty years. Prior to co-founding Foundry Group, he co-founded Mobius Venture Capital and Intensity Ventures. He is also a co-founder of Techstars.

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Business Plan Writing Help and Services for Hire

Will you review my plan and make changes?

Our review-only service just includes feedback, but if you decide you’d like to engage in our full plan writing service after participating in a review, we’ll give you a discount.

What if I already started writing my plan?

If you have a partially completed plan, we can work with that. In fact, it helps the plan writing process go faster because we’ll have to ask fewer questions, but you’ll want to choose the full business plan writing service.

Do you do market research? What does that include?

Yes, we do market research. We have access to industry reports for most industries and we will use them to lend more credibility to your plan and validate the assumptions we are making in your financials.

What is included with the full plan writing service?

When it’s all said and done, you’ll have a full, lender or investor ready business plan, a one page pitch, and a free year of LivePlan so you can make changes to your plan as well as use our cash flow and business management tools to stay on track.

Can you guarantee that my business will get funded?

There are a lot of factors that go into the decision making process for lending that are beyond our control, like your personal credit. What we can say is that it is very difficult to get funding without a solid business plan and we make solid business plans.

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How long will it take to finish my plan? / Do you offer an expedited service?

The average business plan completes in 3-6 weeks, depending on your responsiveness to your writer and our work load. We offer expedited services if you are in a rush.

Yes, we can deliver an expedited plan in as little as two weeks for an additional $1,000.

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What formats do you deliver in?

We deliver in PDF format, Word and we also give you access to edit your plan in a free LivePlan account.

How many pages is the average business plan?

We subscribe to the lean business planning method so we try to keep your plan short and to the point. Depending on the complexity of your business, your finished plan can end up being anywhere from 25-50 pages.

Pricing and Options

How much does this service cost?

The full plan writing service cost can vary depending on your needs. Book a call with us to request a quote. We also offer a lower cost business plan review service and a forecasting service.

Do you offer a la carte services?

We offer a review service (feedback only, no edits), forecast only service or full business plan writing service. If you have a partially completed plan, we can work with that, but you’ll want to choose the full business plan writing service.

Do you offer a review service?

Yes. One of our business planning experts can review your plan and financials line by line and give you critical and constructive feedback to help improve your plan and increase your confidence when it comes time to deliver.

Do you offer an expedited service?

Yes, we can deliver an expedited plan in as little as two weeks for an additional $1,000.

What if I don’t like my plan?

You’ll have the opportunity to review and leave feedback after each draft. We recommend taking the time to be thorough and thoughtful in your feedback as that is your chance to help mold your plan into something that really resonates with you.

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Who writes my business plan?

You will be paired with one dedicated individual from our small team of highly trained and experienced business planning professionals. Each one is a uniquely qualified business planning expert who can translate your ideas into a business plan that will appeal to your audience.

Is my plan writer an expert in my industry?

Our business plan writers are experts specifically in business plan writing. We’ve worked with every industry imaginable so the likelihood that they have some familiarity with your industry is high, but if you are looking for a business consultant this may not be a good fit.

What kind of background will my writer have? Are they outsourced from other countries? Have they been writing business plans for very long?

We are a small team of well educated business planning experts. Each writer’s background varies but they all have financial or business education as well as years, small business management or consulting and business plan writing experience. They are all well vetted and really good at what they do, which is write plans that help you get funded.

Small Business Definitions

What is a business plan?

In its simplest form, a business plan is a guide—a roadmap for your business that outlines goals and details how you plan to achieve those goals. At its heart, a business plan is just a plan for how your business is going to work, and how you’re going to make it succeed. Read our full article on “What is a business plan” here.

What is in a business plan?

The executive summary is an overview of your business and your plans. It comes first in your plan and is ideally only one to two pages. Most people write it last, though.

The opportunity section answers these questions: What are you actually selling and how are you solving a problem (or “need”) for your market? Who is your target market and competition?

In the execution chapter of your business plan, you’ll answer the question: how are you going to take your opportunity and turn it into a business? This section will cover your marketing and sales plan, operations, and your milestones and metrics for success.

Investors look for great teams in addition to great ideas. Use the company and management chapter to describe your current team and who you need to hire. You will also provide a quick overview of your legal structure, location, and history if you’re already up and running.

Your business plan isn’t complete without a financial forecast. We’ll tell you what to include in your financial plan, but you’ll definitely want to start with a sales forecast, cash flow statement, income statement (also called profit and loss), and your balance sheet.

If you need more space for product images or additional information, use the appendix for those details.

Why is a business plan important?

There are many reasons why it is important to have a business plan. A business plan is essential if you’re seeking a loan or investment, can help you make big spending decisions with confidence and is a solid foundation for ongoing strategic planning and prioritization. Read our full article on “8 Reasons Having a Business Plan is Important” here.

What is a business plan writer/consultant?

A business plan writer/consultant is a business and financial expert who can help guide you through the process of creating a business plan and do much of the labor involved in creating it. They will work with you to understand your business model, do market research, create financial projections and offer guidance as all of those pieces are brought together in a full business plan document.

How to pick a business plan writer/consultant?

Picking a business plan writer or business plan consultant is an important decision — you’ll want to find someone dedicated to your success, with experience in your industry or field and that is in it for the long haul. Read our full article on “Things to Look for When Hiring a Business Plan Writer” here.

Why should you pay someone to write your business plan?

You don’t have time. Starting a business is time consuming. Oftentimes people have to juggle a regular 9-5 job while working on starting their business. That doesn’t leave a lot of time for a big writing project. Hiring a professional to write your business plan can help you give you time to focus on the tasks that are critical to getting your business off the ground.

You want to make sure it is done right, the first time. You only get one chance to make a first impression. Hiring a professional to write your plan for you can give you the peace of mind that your plan is the best it can be when you present it to potential lenders or investors.

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