Here is the free SCORE Business Plan Template for a Startup Business.
SCORE Business Plan Template for a Startup
A startup business plan serves several purposes. It can help convince investors or lenders to finance your business. It can persuade partners or key employees to join your company. Most importantly, it serves as a road map guiding the launch and growth of your new business.
Writing a business plan is an opportunity to carefully think through every step of starting your company so you can prepare for success. This is your chance to discover any weaknesses in your business idea, identify opportunities you may not have considered, and plan how you will deal with challenges that are likely to arise. Be honest with yourself as you work through your business plan. Don’t gloss over potential problems; instead, figure out solutions.
A good business plan is clear and concise. A person outside of your industry should be able to understand it. Avoid overusing industry jargon or terminology.
This free business plan template includes instructions for each section of the business plan, followed by corresponding fillable worksheets.
This business plan template includes:
- Executive Summary
- Company Description
- Products and Services
- Marketing Plan
- Operational Plan
- Management & Organization
- Startup Expenses & Capitalization
- Financial Plan
The last section, “Refining Your Plan,” explains ways you may need to modify your plan for specific purposes, such as getting a bank loan, or for specific industries, such as retail.
After you complete the worksheets, you will have a working business plan for your startup. Then, contact your local SCORE mentor to review and refine your plan.
SCORE is a great resource for new businesses
SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship and have been doing it for over fifty years.
Because their work is supported by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and thanks to our network of 10,000 volunteers, they are able to deliver our services at no charge or at very low cost.
SCORE is headquartered in Herndon, VA. with over 300 chapters. They hold events and workshops locally across the U.S. and its territories, and match up entrepreneurs with local, volunteer mentors.