Information you may need for your business plan

When you're ready to embark on your business plan, you don't necessarily have to do any research beforehand. You can dive right in, and as you work through LivePlan, it will help you see where you need to supplement your knowledge of your market and industry.

If you'd like to gather some data ahead of time to help your plan progress more quickly, here are some excellent focus areas.

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Identify your target customer

When you know your target customer, you'll have an essential key to writing much of your business plan. You already know what product or service your business will sell, but who, exactly, will you be selling it to? Try to come up with as specific a description as possible: what is your ideal customer's age range, gender, and average income? Where does this customer live, and what are their hobbies?

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Identify the problem your business solves

If the idea of starting a business seems overwhelming, don't fret - you're not alone. It's common for entrepreneurs to feel this way. The key to any successful business is identifying the problem it solves for a specific group of customers. Once you determine what problem your company is solving and who your target customers are, you'll have another important component of your business plan.

If you're not sure what problem your business is solving for your target customer, read: 

List your revenue sources

An excellent way to get a jump start on your business plan forecast is to make a quick list of your revenue sources. Which products? Which services? Which ones will be primary sources of revenue, and which ones will be secondary?

List your costs

Similarly, if you make a simple list of where your primary costs will come from, you'll have a good foundation for forecasting. Will you have a lease to pay? Employees to hire? Raw materials or packaging to buy? List all the costs you can think of now. As you work on the forecast, LivePlan will likely suggest some additional ones.

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