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Business Plan Lingo and Resources All Entrepreneurs Should Know This glossary of terms and resource guide will help you create a business plan that sets you up for success.
By Entrepreneur Staff • Oct 27, 2023
- A well-thought-out business plan will serve as a solid foundation for innovation and scalability.
- When writing your plan and communicating with investors, there are key terms you should be familiar with.
- Many websites and government agencies offer free guidance and templates to get you on your way to writing a business plan.
Whether you're starting a business for the first time, or revisiting your current plan, building a scalable business starts with creating a strong foundation. Before we get into helpful terms and resources to write yours, Jesse Draper, Founding Partner of Halogen Ventures, offers these three tips:
- Just press go! It will never be perfect. I cannot tell you how often founders say, "Let me get my ducks in a row." Here is a little secret: Your ducks will never be in a row, and if you are a great founder, like the ones in my portfolio, you are always making it better . . . your ducks are always being iterated upon and forming more of a line. So just start!
- Diversity breeds success. If you look around and realize that your entire team is made up of Stanford graduates who all look the same and are the same personality type on the Myers-Briggs assessment . . . recruit from new places. At Halogen we think about diversity of age, race, and gender in our teams. When I raised my first fund, people thought I was crazy investing in women. "Do women even start companies?" Now there is so much great research on how diverse teams perform better.
- Get through the "Noes." While fundraising for your business, plan on meeting with at least 100 investors. I can't tell you how often entrepreneurs say, "Everyone is saying 'No.'" When I ask how many investors they have met with, they say, "Eight." First of all, this is a numbers game. After twenty or so meetings, it is great to check in and see why funders are turning down your deal and get some feedback because maybe there is something you are missing that you can adjust. But overall, plan on meeting with at least 100 investors.
Business Plan Terms to Know
Balloon payment: A single, usually final, payment on a loan that is much greater than the payments preceding it; some business loans, for example, require interest-only payments the first year or two, followed by a single large payment that repays all the principal.
Branding: The marketing practice of creating a name, symbol, or design that identifies and differentiates a product from other products; well-known brands include Tide, Dockers, and Dell.
Business concept: The basic idea around which a business is built. For instance, FedEx is built on the idea of overnight delivery, while Amazon.com was originally built around the idea of selling books over the internet.
Cash conversion cycle: The amount of time it takes to transform your cash outlays into cash income; for a manufacturer, the number of days or weeks required to purchase raw materials and turn them into inventory, then sales, and, finally, collections.
Competitive advantage: Factor or factors that give a business an advantage over its competitors. This can be based on the quality of products or services, lower prices, better customer service, faster delivery, and/or all of the above.
Co-op promotion: Arrangement between two or more businesses to cross-promote their enterprises to customers.
Current assets: Assets likely to be turned into cash within a year. current liabilities—Amounts you owe and are to pay in less than a year, such as accounts payable to suppliers and short-term loans.
Due diligence: Doing research to find data on a business, company, customers, lender, vendor, or any individual or group with whom you may potentially do business.
EBIT: An accounting term for a company's operational earnings separate from the effects of interest payments and taxation.
E-commerce: Selling products and services through sites on the internet.
Executive summary: Section of a business plan that briefly describes what the rest of the plan contains; also the first section of the plan, often written after the other sections.
Factoring: The flip side of trade credit; what happens when a supplier sells its accounts receivables to a financial specialist called a factor. The factor immediately pays the amount of the receivables, less a discount, and receives the payments when they arrive from customers; an important form of finance in many industries.
Forecast: To forecast is to use prior data to determine upcoming trends. Forecasting can prove very helpful for budgeting and marketing purposes. In a business plan for a startup, forecasting can indicate that you have utilized historical data within your industry to predict future results.
Initial public offering (IPO): The first sale of stock by a private company to the public. Typically IPOs are issued by smaller, younger companies seeking capital to expand. However, established companies can issue one later on to generate additional funding.
Limited liability corporation (LLC): Business legal structure resembling an S corporation but allowing owners more flexibility in dividing up profits while still providing protection from liability.
Liquidity: A company's ability to convert noncash assets, such as inventory and accounts receivable, into cash; essentially, the company's ability to pay its bills.
Logistics: The science of moving objects, such as product inventory, from one location to another.
Management team : The key personnel that have significant roles in managing and running the business. They need to be profiled in the management section of a business plan.
Marketing plan: Part of your business plan, and something that you will update regularly. Such a plan outlines how you will spread the word about your product and/or services. It includes everything from advertising to promotional messages to web presence to giveaway items with your company name or logo.
Mission statement: A sentence or two describing a company's function, markets, and competitive advantages.
Objectives : Long-term aims, frequently representing the ultimate level to which you aspire.
Organization, functional: A company or other entity with a structure that divides authority along functions such as marketing, finance, and so on; these functions cross product lines and other boundaries.
Organization, line: A company or other entity with a structure divided by product lines, means of production, industries served, and so on; each line may have its own support staff for the various functions.
Organization, line and staff: A company or other entity with a structure calling for staff managers, like planners and accountants, to act as advisors supporting a line manager, such as the operations vice president.
Outsourcing: Having a component or service performed or supplied by an outside firm or individual; used to reduce time and money costs for support work and add flexibility in production staffing.
Positioning: Marketing tool that describes a product or service in reference to its position in the marketplace; for example, the newest, smallest, cheapest, or second largest.
Rate of return: The income or profit earned by an investor on capital invested into a company; usually expressed as an annual percentage.
Search engine optimization (SEO): Utilizing keywords and other strategies in order to position your website to come up higher during an online web search.
Target market: The audience most likely to buy your goods or services, usually found as the result of demographic research
Turnaround: A reversal in a company's fortunes, taking it from near death to robust health or the revival of a failing company to more profitable status.
Unique selling proposition: The factor or consideration presented by a seller as the reason that one product or service is different from — and better than — the competition.
Vision statement: A sentence or two describing a company's long-range aims, such as achieving a dominant market share or attaining a reputation for world-class quality.
Working capital: The amount of money a business has in cash, accounts receivable, inventory, and other current assets; normally refers to net working capital, which is current assets minus current liabilities.
Online Business Plan Resources
Angelcapitalassociation.org —For locating angel investors
Bizfilings.com —Information for small business owners
Entrepreneur.com/topic/business-plans FundingPost.com —Events that include angel investors and VCs
Gust.com : Angel investor networks
Nolo.com : Legal forms and information
Nvca.org : National Venture Capitalist Association
SBA.gov : Small Business Association
Score.org : Volunteer mentors and advisors, and business plan templates
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Lee Swanson, University of Saskatchewan
Copyright Year: 2017
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Reviewed by Kevin Heupel, Affiliate Faculty, Metropolitan State University of Denver on 3/4/20
The text does a good job of providing a general outline about writing and developing a written business plan. All of the important steps and components are included. However, the text is light on details, examples, and rationale for each element... read more
Comprehensiveness rating: 3 see less
The text does a good job of providing a general outline about writing and developing a written business plan. All of the important steps and components are included. However, the text is light on details, examples, and rationale for each element of the business plan. Some examples from actual business plans would be helpful.
Content Accuracy rating: 4
For the most part, the content is accurate. The content covers all important aspects of drafting a business plan. I thought the industry analysis could use more information about collecting primary and secondary sources; instead, this information was referenced in the marketing plan section.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 5
Most of the content relies on cites as far back as 2006; however, when it comes to developing and writing a business plan nothing has changed. Thus, the content is current and there is no concern about it becoming obsolete in the near future.
Clarity rating: 4
The text is clear. There are no difficult terms used and the writing is simple. The text uses a lot of bullet points though, which gets tedious to read for a few pages.
Consistency rating: 5
The text does a good job of maintaining consistency in terms of framework and terminology. The text is organized where it's easy to find the information you want in a quick manner.
Modularity rating: 3
The text has a lot of bullet points and the paragraphs are dense. However, the use of subheading is excellent.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 5
The book is organized as if you're writing a business plan from start to finish, which is helpful as a practical guide.
Interface rating: 5
There are no navigation problems, distortion of images/charts, or any other display features that may distract or confuse the reader.
Grammatical Errors rating: 5
The text is free of grammatical errors. The sentence structure is simple with many bullet points, which helps to avoid any grammatical issues.
Cultural Relevance rating: 5
This book was written by a Canadian professor and provides references to Canadian sources. However, the information in this text can be used for U.S. schools.
This book is very short and provides a good, general overview about the process of creating and writing a business plan. It won't help a reader if he/she is confused about a certain part of the business plan. The reader will have to find another source, such as "Preparing Effective Business Plans" by Bruce Barringer, Ph.D. The book provides links to good resources and a finished business plan that the reader can reference. I would recommend the book for undergraduate courses.
Reviewed by Kenneth Lacho, Professor of Management, The University of New Orleans on 6/19/18
1. Text is relevant to Canada. Not the United States 2. Needs to cover resources available to entrepreneur, e.g., federal government agencies, trade associations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies. 3. Discuss local economy or... read more
1. Text is relevant to Canada. Not the United States 2. Needs to cover resources available to entrepreneur, e.g., federal government agencies, trade associations, chambers of commerce, economic development agencies. 3. Discuss local economy or economic area relevant to this proposed business. 4. Business model ok as a guide. 5. Suggested mission statement to cover: product/business, target customer, geographical area covered. 6. Need detailed promotion plan, e.g., personal selling, advertising, sales promotion, networking publicity, and social media. 7. How do you find the target market? 8. Chapter 6 too much detail on debt and equity financing. 9. Discuss how to find sources of financing, e.g., angels. 10. Expand coverage of bootstring, crowdfunding. 11. Chapter 4 – good checklist. 12. Chapter 3 - overlaps. 13. Chapter 7 – 3 pages of executive summary – double or single spaced typing. Number all tables, graphs. 14. Some references out-of-date, mostly academic. Bring in trade magazines such as Entrepreneur.
Content Accuracy rating: 5
In my opinion, the content is accurate and error free.
Relevance/Longevity rating: 4
The material is relevant to writing a business plan. I wonder if the Porter, SWOT VRIO, etc. material is too high level for students who may not be seniors or have non-business degrees (e.g., liberal arts). Porter has been around for a while and does have longevity. The author has to be more alert to changes in promotion, e.g., social media and sources of financing, e.g., crowdfunding.
Clarity rating: 3
As noted in No. 9, the tone of the writing is too academic, thus making the material difficult to understand. Paragraphs are too long. Need to define: Porter, TOWS Matrix, VRIO, PESTEL. A student less from a senior or a non-business major would not be familiar with these terms.
Consistency rating: 4
The text is internally consistent. The model approach helps keep the process consistent.
Modularity rating: 4
The process of developing a business plan is divided into blocks which are parts of the business plan. Paragraphs tend to be too long in some spots.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 4
The topics are presented in a logical step-wise flow. The language style is too academic in parts, paragraphs too long. Leaves out the citations. Provides excellent check lists.
There are no display features which confuse the reader.
Grammatical Errors rating: 4
The text has no grammatical errors. On the other hand, I found the writing to be too academic in nature. Some paragraphs are too long. The material is more like an academic conference paper or journal submission. Academic citations references are not needed. The material is not exciting to read.
The text is culturally neutral. There are no examples which are inclusive of a variety of races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
This book best for a graduate class.
Reviewed by Louis Bruneau, Part Time Faculty, Portland Community College on 6/19/18
The text provides appropriate discussion and illustration of all major concepts and useful references to source and resource materials. read more
Comprehensiveness rating: 5 see less
The text provides appropriate discussion and illustration of all major concepts and useful references to source and resource materials.
Contents of the book were accurate, although it could have benefited from editing/proofreading; there was no evidence of bias. As to editing/proofreading, a couple of examples: A. “Figure 1 – Business Plan… “ is shown at the top of the page following the diagram vs. the bottom of the page the diagram is on. (There are other problems with what is placed on each page.) B. First paragraph under heading “Essential Initial Research” there is reference to pages 21 to 30 though page numbering is missing from the book. (Page numbers are used in the Table of Contents.)
The book is current in that business planning has been stable for sometime. The references and resources will age in time, but are limited and look easy to update.
Clarity rating: 5
The book is written in a straightforward way, technical terms that needed explanations got them, jargon was avoided and generally it was an easy read.
The text is internally consistent in terms of terminology and framework.
Modularity rating: 5
The book lends itself to a multi-week course. A chapter could be presented and students could work on that stage of Plan development. It could also be pre-meeting reading for a workshop presentation. Reorganizing the book would be inappropriate.
The topics in the text are presented in a logical, clear fashion.
Generally, the book is free of interface problems. The financial tables in the Sample Plan were turned 90° to maintain legibility. One potential problem was with Figure 6 – Business Model Canvas. The print within the cells was too small to read; the author mitigated the problem by presenting the information, following Figure 6, in the type font of the text.
I found no grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way.
I require a business plan in a course I teach; for most of the students the assignment is a course project that they do not intend to pursue in real life. I shared the book with five students that intended to develop an actual start-up business; three of them found it helpful while the other two decided not to do that much work on their plans. If I were planning a start-up, I would use/follow the book.
Reviewed by Todd Johnson, Faculty of Business, North Hennepin Community College on 5/21/18
The text is a thorough overview of all elements of a business plan. read more
Comprehensiveness rating: 4 see less
The text is a thorough overview of all elements of a business plan.
The content is accurate and seems to lack bias.
Content seems relevant and useful . It does not help an entrepreneur generate ideas, and is very light on crowdfunding and other novel funding source content. It is more traditional. This can be easily updated in future versions, however. "Social Media" appears once in the book, as does "Crowd Funding".
The book is comprehensive, but perhaps not written in the most lucid, accessible prose. I am not sure any college student could pick this up and just read and learn. It would be best used as a "teach along guide" for students to process with an instructor.
The text seems consistent. The author does a nice job of consistently staying on task and using bullets and brevity.
Here I am not so certain. The table of contents is not a good guide for this book. It does make the book look nicely laid out, but there is a lot of complexity within these sections. I read it uncertain that it was well organized. Yes there are many good bits of information, however it is not as if I could spend time on one swathe of text at a time. I would need to go back and forth throughout the text.
Organization/Structure/Flow rating: 2
Similar to the above. I did not like the flow and organization of this. An editor would help things be in a more logical order.
Interface rating: 2
The interface is just OK. It is not an attractice interface, as it presents text in a very dense manner. The images and charts are hard to follow.
I did not find any grammatical errors.
Cultural Relevance rating: 4
I a not certain of the origins of Saskatchewan, but I do feel this is a different read. It is more formal and dense than it has to be. This would be a difficult read for my students. I do not feel it is insensitive in any way, or offensive in any way.
I would not adopt this book if given the chance. It is too dense, and not organized very well, even though the information is very good. The density and lack of modularity are barriers to understanding what is obviously very good information.
Reviewed by Mariana Mitova, Lecturer, Bowling Green State University on 2/1/18
Though this textbook has a prescriptive nature, it is quite comprehensive. The author strikes a good balance between presenting concepts in a concise way and providing enough information to explain them. Many every-day examples and live links to... read more
Though this textbook has a prescriptive nature, it is quite comprehensive. The author strikes a good balance between presenting concepts in a concise way and providing enough information to explain them. Many every-day examples and live links to other resources add to the completeness of the textbook.
Content seems accurate.
Since the content is somewhat conceptual, the text will not become obsolete quickly. In addition, the author seems to be updating and editing content often hence the relevance to current developments is on target.
The text is very clear, written in clear and straight-to-the point language.
The organization of content is consistent throughout the entire text.
The textbook is organized by chapters, beginning with overview of the model used and followed by chapters for each concept within the model. Nicely done.
The flow is clear, logical and easy to follow.
Overall, images, links, and text are well organized. Some headlines were misaligned but still easy to follow.
No concerns for grammar.
No concerns for cultural irrelevance.
Reviewed by Darlene Weibye, Cosmetology Instructor, Minnesota State Community and Technical College on 2/1/18
The text is comprehensive and covers the information needed to develop a business plan. The book provides all the means necessary in business planning. read more
The text is comprehensive and covers the information needed to develop a business plan. The book provides all the means necessary in business planning.
The text was accurate, and error-free. I did not find the book to be biased.
The content is up-to-date. I am reviewing the book in 2017, the same year the book was published.
The content was very clear. A business plan sample included operation timelines, start up costs, and all relevant material in starting a business.
The book is very consistent and is well organized.
The book has a table of contents and is broken down into specific chapters. The chapters are not divided into sub topics. I do not feel it is necessary for sub topics because the chapters are brief and to the point.
There is a great flow from chapter to chapter. One topic clearly leads into the next without repeating.
The table of contents has direct links to each chapter. The appearance of the chapters are easy to read and the charts are very beneficial.
Does not appear to have any grammatical errors.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive.
I am incorporating some of the text into the salon business course. Very well written book.
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 – Developing a Business Plan
- Chapter 2 – Essential Initial Research
- Chapter 3 – Business Models
- Chapter 4 – Initial Business Plan Draft
- Chapter 5 – Making the Business Plan Realistic
- Chapter 6 – Making the Plan Appeal to Stakeholders and Desirable to the Entrepreneur
- Chapter 7 – Finishing the Business Plan
- Chapter 8 – Business Plan Pitches
References Appendix A – Business Plan Development Checklist and Project Planner Appendix B – Fashion Importers Inc. Business Plan Business Plan Excel Template
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How to Start a Profitable Private Library Business in 11 Steps!
Ever dreamt of turning your love for books into a thriving business venture? Buckle up, bibliophiles, as we guide you through the exciting journey of starting your very own profitable private library business.
Our Shortlist Steps to Start a Profitable Private Library Business:
- Draft a private library business plan.
- Pick a business name & business entity that works best for you.
- Find ways to finance your private library startup.
- Open a professional business bank account.
- Set up your accounting & tax reporting.
- Obatin the necessary licenses & permits for your private library business.
- Purchase the equipment, software, & tools needed.
Startup Costs for a Private Library Business:
Initiating a private library business can involve substantial financial commitment, the scale of which is significantly influenced by factors such as geographical location, market dynamics, and operational expenses, among others. Nonetheless, our extensive research and hands-on experience have revealed an estimated starting cost of approximately $23000 for launching such a private librarybusiness. Please note, not all of these costs may be necessary to start up your private library business.
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11 steps to start a profitable private library business with little to no money:, 1. private library business plan..
Building a business plan for a private library business is an essential part of launching and running any business successfully. Not only does the business plan help keep track of the various goals of the library, but it helps to provide a clear guide for all involved. A well-constructed business plan helps to identify and analyze the financial aspects of the business, which can help with securing any additional capital needed for development and expansion as well as ensuring that all required legal requirements are fulfilled. In addition to providing a map for success, a business plan can also help to create accountability. All involved in the library can take ownership over processes and objectives, while having confidence in knowing what they are working towards in order to provide the best service and products to potential customers. With regular reviews of progress against the goals outlined in the business plan, everyone can evaluate whether they are still on track or if more drastic action is needed to ensure that targets are met. This is especially important in order to continuously innovate and remain ahead of competitors. Overall, having an effective business plan provides structure, clarity, and direction for both those starting out as well as experienced private library businesses. It also helps to minimize risks and maximize potential profits from achievable goals.
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2. Form the Legal Business Entity.
If you're thinking of starting a private library business, one of the first things you'll need to do is decide on the type of business entity to register. The four most common types are sole proprietorship, corporate organization, limited liability company (LLC), and partnership.
Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it's important to carefully consider your options before making a decision.
- A sole proprietorship is the simplest type of business to set up, but it offers no personal liability protection.
- A corporate organization involves shareholders electing board members to run the business, and requires an annual meeting with stockholders' meetings every three months.
- An LLC provides extra protection for investors by limiting their liability exposure and allows flexibility in operating the business.
- A partnership involves business owners and partners, and can offer personal liability protection.
When deciding on the right type of entity for your private library business , it's important to consider your liability exposure and your goals for the business. If you're just starting out and selling to family and friends, a sole proprietorship may be enough. But if you're looking for more protection or to grow your private library business, a corporate organization or LLC may be a better choice. Be sure to weigh the pros and cons of each type and seek professional advice if necessary.
After you've chosen your business entity, you'll need to register it with the state in which you'll be doing business. This will give you the legal protections you need to operate your business and protect your personal assets. To register, you'll need to file the appropriate paperwork with your state's Secretary of State office . Be sure to research the legal and financial requirements for your chosen entity and comply with all necessary regulations.
Starting a private library business can be a rewarding and profitable venture, but it requires careful planning and preparation. By choosing the right business entity, registering properly, and taking other necessary steps, you can set yourself up for success. Don't hesitate to seek advice from professionals or other business owners if you have questions or concerns.
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3. Source Financing for Your Private Library Business.
When starting a private library business, it's essential to have a solid financing plan in place. While there are several financing options available, it's important to carefully evaluate each one, as each decision may have long-term financial implications for both you and your business.
If you're just starting out, you may only need a few hundred dollars to cover initial costs, but it's still worth considering the following financing options:
1. Raising money from friends and family:
- Pros: Access to capital without giving up equity; potential for low interest rates.
- Cons: May strain personal relationships if things don't go as planned; lack of expertise and experience from investors.
2. Bootstrapping by tapping into your own savings:
- Pros: Complete control over your business; potential for greater profits in the long run.
- Cons: Limited initial funding; potential for greater personal risk.
3. Sourcing investment from outside investors:
- Pros: Access to a larger pool of capital and expertise; potential for valuable partnerships and connections.
- Cons: May require giving up equity or control of your business; potential for high interest rates or strict repayment terms.
4. Obtaining a bank loan:
- Pros: Typically low interest rates; predictable repayment terms.
- Cons: Requires good credit history and collateral; may be difficult to obtain for a new business.
5. Getting funding from a hard money lender:
- Pros: Quick access to capital; flexible repayment terms.
- Cons: High interest rates; potential for strict repayment terms and penalties for default.
Remember that these are just a few of the many options available to you. The key is to make informed decisions that work best for your current situation. Consult with your accountant before making any final decisions.
Keep in mind that there's no right answer when it comes to determining how much money to invest in your private library business. However, the above options can provide some guidance on which financing options may be the best fit for you and your private library business.
By carefully considering your financing options and seeking professional advice, you can set your private library business up for success.
4. Open a Business Bank Account.
Opening a business bank account for your private library company may seem overwhelming, but it doesn't have to be. Choosing the right type of account depends on your specific needs and the amount of money you'll be depositing.
There are three common types of business bank accounts:
- Business Checking account : The most common type of business bank account is a checking account. Checking accounts are easy to open and offer a variety of features and benefits that can be helpful for businesses. One of the biggest advantages of a checking account is that it allows you to easily deposit and withdraw money as you need it. You can also write checks from your checking account, which can be helpful for paying bills or suppliers.
- Business Savings account : Another popular type of business bank account is a savings account. Savings accounts earn interest on the money that you deposit, so they can be a great way to grow your private library company's cash reserve. However, savings accounts typically have lower interest rates than checking accounts and may have withdrawal limits.
- Business credit card : If you're looking for a more robust bank account for your business, you may want to consider opening a business credit card. Business credit cards can be very helpful for businesses that need to make large purchases or need to build up their credit history. However, business credit cards typically have high-interest rates and may have annual fees.
It's important to shop around and compare features and fees before making a decision. Some banks offer specialized accounts and services for small businesses that may be a better fit for your specific needs.
As always, consult with a certified professional accountant before making any final financial decisions. Once you've found the right bank account for your private library company, you'll be one step closer to building your business.
5. Set up Your Accounting and Taxes.
As a new private library business owner, it's important to prioritize setting up a proper accounting system to effectively manage your finances. Doing so will allow you to track expenses, revenue, receipts, taxes owed, and more.
There are a few different ways to establish an accounting system for your business, including using online accounting software such as QuickBooks or Xero, or hiring an accountant to handle it for you.
If you decide to manage the accounting on your own, it's crucial to choose a user-friendly system that you can easily navigate. As you begin tracking your income and expenses, you'll gain valuable insights into where your money is going and where you can make cuts or budget for future expenses. Be sure to regularly reconcile your accounts and update your records , ideally on a monthly basis, to stay on top of your finances and avoid headaches down the road.
Don't hesitate to reach out to your accountant or financial advisor for guidance on choosing and using an accounting system that's right for your business. Their expertise and support can help you navigate the accounting process with confidence.
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6. Obtain Private Library Business Permits and Licenses.
Starting a new private library business can be an exciting adventure, but it's important to remember that obtaining the proper licenses and permits is a critical step in the process. Without the right licenses and permits, you could face fines, penalties, or even legal trouble down the line.
The types of licenses and permits you need may vary depending on the location of your business, the services you offer, and the products you sell. It's important to research the requirements for your specific business and location.
To make sure you have all the necessary licenses and permits for your private library business, start by contacting your local business licensing office or chamber of commerce. They can help guide you through the process and provide you with the appropriate forms and applications to fill out.
Once you've obtained all the necessary licenses and permits, you can officially open your private library business and start operating with confidence. Don't forget to renew your licenses and permits regularly to stay compliant with local regulations.
By taking the time to obtain the proper licenses and permits , you'll be setting your private library business up for success and avoiding any potential legal issues in the future. Good luck on your new venture!
7. Purchase Equipment, Software, Supplies & Tools Needed.
Starting a private library business can be a challenging task, and acquiring the proper equipment, tools, and supplies is crucial for success.
To help you get started, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Identify your equipment, tools, and supply needs: Determine the necessary equipment, tools, and supplies you will need to run your business effectively. Create a list of both big and small items that you'll require.
- Conduct supplier research: Research various suppliers and compare prices, quality, and customer reviews to get the best deal.
- Consider leasing or renting: If you're on a tight budget, consider leasing or renting equipment instead of buying it outright. This option can help save you money, especially for expensive equipment that you won't use frequently.
- Get everything in writing: Before making any purchases, make sure to get all the details in writing, including price, warranty, and delivery date.
- Stay organized and manage inventory: Keeping track of your equipment, tools, and supplies is essential for smooth business operations. Implement an inventory management system to track inventory levels and reorder supplies in advance.
By following these steps, you'll be well-equipped to run your private library business efficiently and successfully.
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8. Create a Brand Identity for Your Private Library Company.
Creating a brand identity for your private library company can be very difficult. There are so many factors to consider, from the logo design to the colors you use.
But if you take the time to plan and focus on what you want your customers to feel, you can create a brand identity that will set your business apart from the rest.
Here's how to get started:
1. Define your private library company's purpose and values.
What do you want to achieve with your business? What kind of feeling do you want your customers to have when they think of your private library brand? These are important questions to answer before you start creating any visuals for your brand.
2. Choose a color scheme that reflects your company's personality.
Colors can communicate a lot about a brand, so it's important to choose wisely. If you're not sure where to start, try looking at other brands in your industry and see what colors they use.
3. Develop a unique logo that represents your private library brand.
This is often the first thing people will think of when they hear your company name, so it's important to make it memorable. Work with a professional designer to create a logo that's both visually appealing and reflective of your brand values.
4. Create consistent branding across all channels.
Once you have your logo and color scheme, make sure you use them consistently across all of your marketing materials, from your website to your business cards. This will help reinforce your brand identity and make it easier for customers to recognize your company.
Creating a strong brand identity is essential for any private library business, but it doesn't have to be complicated. By focusing on your company's purpose and values, you can develop a brand that will resonate with your target audience. With a little planning and some creativity, you can create a brand identity that will make your private library company stand out from the rest.
9. Build a Beautiful Website.
In today's digital age, having a well-designed website is essential for any business to succeed, including your private library business.
A beautifully crafted website will attract and engage your customers, provide a professional image of your brand, and showcase your products and services.
To create an exceptional website for your private library business, consider the following steps:
- Define your website goals and target audience. This will help you determine what type of website design and content will resonate with your customers.
- Hire a professional website designer or work with a freelancer. Look at their portfolio and ask for recommendations from other business owners to find someone who has experience designing websites for your industry.
- Plan your website structure and hierarchy. Decide what pages and content will be included on your website and how they will be organized. This will ensure that your customers can find what they're looking for quickly and easily.
- Create stunning visuals and graphics that are aligned with your brand. Use high-quality images, videos, and other visual elements to showcase your products and services.
- Write compelling website copy. Your website's text should be well-written, informative, and persuasive, highlighting the benefits of your products and services.
- Test your website before launch to ensure that all the features and functionality work correctly.
By following these steps, you can create a website that is visually appealing and effective in promoting your private library business. Don't hesitate to seek professional assistance if you need help getting started or have any questions along the way. We're always here to help!
10. Create a Company Email Address & Phone Number.
Having a professional business phone number and email address is an important aspect of running a successful private library business. Not only does it give your business a more professional appearance, but it also makes it easier to stay in touch with customers and manage business communications.
To set up a professional phone number for your business, you can purchase a number from a telecom provider like Twilio or Grasshopper. You will need to create an account with the provider and register your new business phone number. This will give you access to features like voicemail, call forwarding, and more.
In addition to a business phone number, you should also set up a professional email address using a service like Google Workspace or Microsoft 365 . This will give you access to features like spam filtering, calendar integration, and more. You can configure your email account to forward messages to your business phone number so that you never miss an important message from a customer.
While you can definitely use your personal phone number and email address when you're first starting out your private library business, as it grows, it's important to look into other communication options to ensure that you're able to manage your business communications in a professional and efficient manner.
By following these steps and setting up a professional phone number and email address for your business, you'll be able to communicate with customers more easily and give your business a more professional appearance. This will help you to build trust with your customers and grow your private library business over time.
11. Make a Go-To Market Launch Strategy.
Launching a new business is an exciting time, and marketing is a crucial part of getting your private library business off the ground. Here are some additional tips to improve your marketing strategy:
- Define your target audience: Before you start marketing your business, it's essential to determine who your target audience is. Knowing your ideal customer will help you tailor your marketing efforts and make them more effective.
- Build a strong brand: Your brand is the foundation of your marketing strategy. Make sure you have a clear brand identity, including a logo, brand colors, and messaging that aligns with your target audience.
- Create a content strategy: Developing a content strategy can help you create a consistent message across your social media, website, and blog. This can include creating blog posts, social media posts, and other types of content that align with your brand and target audience.
- Leverage social media: Social media is a powerful tool for marketing your private library business. Identify the social media channels that your target audience is most active on, and create a presence there. Engage with your audience, share high-quality images of your products, and run social media campaigns to increase brand awareness.
- Collaborate with influencers: Partnering with influencers in your industry can help you reach a wider audience. Look for influencers who align with your brand and target audience and offer to collaborate with them on social media campaigns or product launches.
- Attend trade shows: Trade shows can be a great way to promote your private library business, network with other professionals in the industry, and get your products in front of potential customers.
Remember, marketing is an ongoing process, so be sure to track your results and adjust your strategy as needed. With a clear marketing plan and consistent effort, you'll be able to generate buzz and grow your customer base over time.
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From the Small Business Administration: A business plan precisely defines your business, identifies your goals, and serves as your firm's resume. The basic components include a current and pro forma balance sheet, an income statement, and a cash flow analysis. It helps you allocate resources properly, handle unforeseen complications, and make good business decisions. As it provides specific and organized information about your company and how you will repay borrowed money, a good business plan is a crucial part of any loan application. Additionally, it informs sales personnel, suppliers, and others about your operations and goals.
Before you begin writing your business plan, consider four core questions:
- What service or product does your business provide and what needs does it fill?
- Who are the potential customers for your product or service and why will they purchase it from you?
- How will you reach your potential customers?
- Where will you get the financial resources to start your business?
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- SCORE A resource partner of SBA offering training, certification and a broad array of assistance across the country. Multiple options available in Twin Cities.
Books and Video on Developing and Writing Business Plans
- The business plan workbook / Colin Barrow, Paul Barrow, Robert Brown. London : Kogan Page, 2005. Online Access. Print: TC Wilson Library Business Reference HD30.28 .B3685 2005
- Plan as you go business plan . Entrepreneur Press, 2008. TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .B4569 2008 Regular Loan
- How to prepare a business plan . Kogan Page, 2008. Online Access.
- The business plan [videorecording] / writer/director, Suzi Taylor ; producer, Suzi Taylor ; VEA. Hamilton, NJ : Films for the Humanities and Sciences,  TC Walter Smart Learning Commons HD30.28 .B8525 2010
- Business planning for turbulent times : new methods for applying scenarios / edited by Rafael Ramirez, John W. Selsky and Kees van der Heijden. London ; Washington : Earthscan, 2010. TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .B848 2010
- Entrepreneur's guide to writing business plans and proposals . Praeger, 2008. Online Access.
- Creating a business plan : expert solutions to everyday challenges . Boston, Mass. : Harvard Business School Pub., c2007. TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .C73 2007
- Writing a convincing business plan . Barron's, 2008. TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .D477 2008 Regular Loan
- How to write a business plan / Brian Finch. London ; Philadelphia : Kogan Page, 2010.zz TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .F562 2010
- Ernst & Young Business Plan Guide . John Wiley, 2007. TC Wilson Library HD62.5 .S556 2007 Regular Loan br>
- Seven step business plan . Pelican Publishing Co, 2007. TC Wilson Library HD30.28 .H6725 2007 Regular Loan
- How to write a business plan . Mike McKeever. Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2007. Online Access
- The new business road test : what entrepreneurs and executives should do before writing a business plan / John W. Mullins. Harlow, England ; New York : Prentice Hall/Financial Times, 2006. TC Wilson Library Reserve HD62.5 .M85 2006
- Anatomy of a Business Plan: a step by step guide to building a business and securing your company's future . 7th edition. 2008. Online Access.
- Entrepreneurial finance: finance and business strategies for the serious entrepreneur / Steven Rogers ; with Roza Makonnen. New York : McGraw-Hill, c2009. Online Access.
- The Business Plan: How to Win Your Investors Confidence / by Gerald Schwetje, Sam Vaseghi. Berlin, Heidelberg : Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2007. Online Access.
- The due diligence handbook: corporate governance, risk management and business planning / Linda S. Spedding. Amsterdam ; Boston ; London : CIMA, 2009. Online Access.
- The marketing plan workbook / John Westwood. London ; Sterling, VA : Kogan Page, 2005. TC Wilson Library Business Reference HF5415.13 .W482 2005 [Table of contents ]-- http://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip053/2004026585.html
Get In-Person Help
- Minnesota Small Business Development Centers This statewide network of Small Business Development Centers provide the professional expertise and guidance that every small business owner needs to flourish in today's competitive and changing business world.
- Small Business Administration -- Minnesota District Office The Minnesota SBA Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA's many programs and services throughout the State of Minnesota. The office is located at 210-C Butler Square, 100 N 6th Street, in downtown Minneapolis across the street from the Target Center. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The local phone number is 612-370-2324.
- WomenVenture Help for women entrepreneurs.
- Womens Business Centers SBA assistance for women entrepreneurs.
Find Journal Articles
- Business Source Premier Use this popular research database to find business articles from 2,200 journals and magazines in marketing, management, information technology, operations, human resources, accounting, finance and economics dating back to 1965. Additional company and industry profiles from Datamonitor are included along with country reports and SWOT analyses.
- Factiva Full text articles and transcripts from news sources, business magazines, and websites with international and foreign language coverage. Includes daily newspapers, television transcripts, newswires, and all editions of the Wall Street Journal. Financial information for publicly traded companies, stocks, funds, currencies, and common market indexes. Limited to 7 simultaneous users.
- American City Business Journals (BizJournals) Find articles from the Minneapolis St. Paul Business on local companies and other organizations. Students, faculty and staff have full access to Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, including Digital content across 18 different Industries, access to the Weekly Edition, Book of Lists, the Search Archives. Register for an account with a valid @umn.edu e-mail address using the link above. NOTE: Full text access only includes Minneapolis/St Paul market. more... less... Once a personal account is created, you can access from anywhere at https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/
- U.S. Newsstream This link opens in a new window Search the most recent premium U.S. news content, as well as archives which stretch back into the 1980s featuring newspapers, newswires, blogs, and news sites in active full-text format.
- International Newsstream This link opens in a new window International news from newspapers, newswires, transcripts, and digital-only news sites in full-text format. Over 800 of the world's top news sources.
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Business Plan Websites
- U.S. Small Business Administration Online help to write a business plan.
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Business Planning Guide: Business Plans
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What is a Business Plan?
A business plan is not a static document that you write once, and writing a business plan doesn't automatically guarantee success. On the other hand, a business plan will allow you to set targets for your business and to communicate your strategy and vision for your team. It also gives you a framework to evaluate your strategy and your financials and determine whether you need to make any changes. Writing a business plan also gives you document to show banks and other potential sources of financing that your business is viable, and a solid plan can also help you negotiate favorable rates from banks and investors. The video below was created by Bplans.com, and explains this in greater detail.
"Creating a Business Plan" Video Course
Books and eBooks
There are several books and eBooks in the library catalog on how to write a business plan. In addition to our general business planning books, we also have several books on how to start a business in a particular industry, and these books also cover how to write a business plan. Click the Subject Headings below to find our general business plan writing books and eBooks.
Several of the books and eBooks on how to start a business in a particular industry in the Library Catalog or either from the Home-Based Business Series or Entrepreneur Magazine's start up series. Click the series links below to see if there is a book on your industry or search for other titles by keyword searching "how to start a" and keywords about your type of business.
"Home Based Business Series"
"Entrepreneur Magazine's Start Up"
Immigrant Business Resources
- BUILDING YOUR BUSINESS IN NEW YORK CITY: A Guide for Immigrant Entrepreneurs This guide offers step-by-step advice for immigrant entrepreneurs planning, launching, or growing a small business. Topics include: signing a commercial lease, navigating government, and understanding the rights of immigrant New Yorkers. Developed by SBS in partnership with Citi Community Development
- YOUR BUSINESS, YOUR FUTURE!: A Basic Guide to Launching a Business for Immigrant Entrepreneurs This guide has been developed for all aspiring and current immigrant entrepreneurs, regardless of immigration status, to help you understand your options for starting and operating your own business in New York State. This guide is provided as an overview and includes information to help you decide which type of business structure is right for you, what the requirements are for forming your business and some of the fees and taxes to expect so that you can stay open for business.
Business Plans Handbook
A great way to start a business plan is to look at business plans that have been written by entrepreneurs or small business owners in your industry. For years, Gale has compiled actual business plans written by actual business people across North America into a publication called the "Business Plans Handbook." All of these business plans are accessible remotely with your library card and PIN through the learning resources listed below.
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Other Sample Business Plans
- Bplans.com Bplans.com has over 500 sample business plans from businesses in a variety of different industries. These plans can be searched categorically or by keyword.
- Business Plan Index from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh has made a categorical index of sample business plans. Most of these plans come from the Business Plans Handbook and Bplans.com, but they also list sample business plans from additional websites and some plans that are included in books.
Business Plan Templates
- Bplans.com Business Plan Template Bplans.com has a business plan template that can be downloaded as a word document. According to them, this template has been used by over 500,000 businesses and has been approved by universities such as Princeton and Babson.
- SBA's Build Your Business Plan Tool The U.S. Small Business Administration, or SBA, has created a step-by-step tool for building, editing, and downloading your business plan. Once you register with the SBA, you can edit all of the sections of your plan, save them, update them, and export them to PDF files.
- SCORE Business Plan Template SCORE, which stands for the Service Corps of Retired Executives, has created a downloadable business plan template that includes instructions and fillable worksheets for each section.
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