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The nature of your business and the goal of your plan will determine which kind of business plan you need. Plans can be very different in regards to how long they are, how detailed they are, how they appear like, and the importance that is given to different aspects of business.

Your plan selection has a huge impact on your plan's overall impact. Your plan should reflect your business and you in the most accurate positive light. You want your plan to represent the most accurate version of your company and you, no matter the way it's employed.

When you select clothing for an important occasion, odds are you try to pick clothes that highlight your most attractive attributes. Think about your plan the same way. You want to reveal any advantages your company might have, and ensure that they are given the proper attention.

Different types of business plans

Business plans can be classified roughly into four separate kinds. There are miniplans or very small plans. There are presentation plans, work and electronic plans. They require very different amounts of labor and do not always yield different outcomes. Based on the purpose you've chosen to use the plan for, an elaborate one is not guaranteed to surpass a shorter one.

The Miniplan. A miniplan may consist of anywhere from one to 10 pages, and must be at a minimum, with a minimal amount of focus on such important issues as business idea, financing requirements marketing plan, financial statements, particularly the cash flow statement, income projections and balance sheet. It is an excellent way to quickly test out a business plan or assess the level of interest from a prospective partner. It could also be a valuable prelude to a full-length plan later on. Miniplans should not be used for any other purpose than its intended purpose. It is not intended to be used to replace an extensive plan. If you submit a tiny document to an investor who is looking for a larger one, it will only make you look foolish.
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The work plan. It is a vital instrument for managing your business. It must contain all the essential information however, it should be concise in presentation. When you are preparing a plan of action, you may be able to afford more spontaneity and openness than with a mini-plan. It is possible for a strategy designed only for internal purposes to miss some important elements in a plan aimed at outsiders. It is probably not required to add an appendix with the resumes of key executives. Also, product photos are not a good idea to include in a work program.

A working plan can have a very different fit and finish. The issue is not whether your work plan is printed on high quality paper, and then placed in an elegant binder. It is possible to make use of an old three-ring binder that has "Plan" written in felt-tip pen across the top.
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The internal consistency of facts and figures is just as crucial with a working plan as for one that is targeted at people from outside. While you must be cautious about spelling mistakes, consistency with dates, and adhering to business format, it is not necessary to be as meticulous. The document has a similar appearance to the old pair of pants you wear to the office on Saturdays. Or that one old delivery vehicle that never ceases working. It's meant to be used, not to be admired.