Business Plan Show-and-Tell

Potential investors review business plans regularly. It can be tempting to think of the business plan as a tell-all document that describes current status and future plans. However, the business plan is more than a description of goals, strategies and financial projections. It’s a document should bring your business sharply into focus and add credibility to your ideas and claims of potential success. The plan must present your business to its best advantage which means adding your personal style.

In other words, the business plan is not just a “tell” document. It’s a show-and-tell document. The business plan will tell the reader about an invention, but must show how it will be turned into a profitable product or service. You can tell investors about the management team, but must show how specific capabilities and talents make the business leaders uniquely qualified. You can tell funders how much money you need, but you must show how those profits will be generated. In every section, you want to avoid simply telling investors about plans and show them with specifics how you intend on making the ideas come to life in the marketplace and why you are able to make it happen.

Another way to view the business plan is that it must clearly answer questions about uniqueness. How is the idea unique? How will the marketplace judge its uniqueness? What makes the specific product or service unique compared to those sold by competitors? The traditional sections of the business plan are always included – marketing plan, financial projections, competition and so on. But don’t forget to add the “show” to the “tell” because without it your plan will be missing the focus needed to attract investors.

Business plans are serious documents but that doesn’t mean they should be lifeless. Bring your business into sharp focus and that makes it possible for investors to imagine success.

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