Business Plan Examples and Guides

Every new business needs a robust business plan to show its path to profitability and to highlight the areas that will make it a successful business. Most banks offer free business planning software that is generally easy to use and prompts you for the input they require.

It's best to get the software direct from the bank as you will know and understand exactly what they are looking for in your own plan. Below are some example plans and various guides to help you through this process.

Getting Started Guides

If you are new to business plans then check through the following articles to get ideas of what's required and how to structure your plan

The structure and format of every business plan is the same no matter what industry you are in and we have put together a free business plan template section you can download into word and Excel and change for your circumstances as required.

Some articles that can help you include what makes a successful business plan in terms of getting it right the first time around and being able to get bank loans or overdrafts at the first time of asking. We also provide some business plan ideas to get you started when preparing your plan rather than just staring at a blank sheet of paper.

Free Sample Plans

What is a Sample Business Plan?

A sample business plan is a document fully prepared with all the commercial, marketing and financial information already populated. It means you save time by using the plan and changing the data for your circumstances.

Ready-made Examples

We have put together some sample plans in common industries for new ventures that get started up every day. The format of each plan is precisely the same, but we have chosen some recent market research and specific elements for each business just for the markets highlighted below.

Please use these sample plans and you are free to adapt them for your own use.