Business plan: 10 sections to include

Every business should have a business plan – one which isn’t just written then left in a drawer, but one which is a working document, which you return to, refer to, revise and update as the business grows, changes, develops and expands.

Here are the key elements I think you need to include in your business plan:

1. Title page and contents

These are important as they mark you out as a professional, serious business – and make the document easy to use.

2. Summary of what the business does

This should be the About Us of your business answering in brief the all important who, what, where, when and how questions:

  • What you do?
  • Who does it – and who for?
  • Where you do it?
  • When you do it?
  • How you do it?

If you are planning a new venture or new product, this is the place to include this.