There are a wide variety of business plan templates available from financial institutions and the banks. An even greater selection is available on the Internet. Sometimes, a client has good reason for choosing a particular template. An example of this is when the bank you are dealing with requests that you use their template. However, most of the time it is a matter of personal choice.
At Dublin City Enterprise, our mentors are happy to work with you using the template you have chosen. That said, we have developed the template set out below that we find easy to use for start up and micro businesses.
SECTION 1 - EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Detail the objectives of the business and the requirements of the business plan.
SECTION 2 - INTRODUCTION
Summarise the various aspects of the business, which will be later detailed under the headings below.
SECTION 3 - MARKET
- Size and potential
- S.W.O.T. Analysis
SECTION 4 - MARKET STRATEGY
SECTION 5 - ORGANISATION AND MANAGEMENT
- Management Overview
- Staff Requirement
SECTION 6 - PRODUCTION AND OPERATIONS
- Plant and Equipment
- Operations Overview
SECTION 7 - COSTINGS AND FINANCE
- Financial Assumptions
- Sensitivity Analysis
- Appendix A - Financial Projections - Yr.1 and Yr.2
- Profit and Loss
- Cash flow
- Balance Sheet
- Appendix B - Certificate of Incorporation.
- Appendix C - Tax Clearance Certificate
- Appendix D - Promoters’ C.V’s.
- Appendix E - Equipment Schedule.
- Appendix F - (Other)