Our library of over 500 sample business plans is intended as a resource for general inspiration. These plans aren't meant as industry-specific templates, but you can use the LivePlan template to create a plan for your unique business and market.
Why is the outline of the sample plan different?
The sample plans in our library were created with Business Plan Pro, our original Windows software. Business Plan Pro used a different document outline than LivePlan does, so you may notice that the structure of the sample plans is different than what you see in LivePlan. This is completely okay - the LivePlan outline contains every topic you need to start writing a plan for any type of business. And you can easily customize it for your unique business and market.
We don't recommend trying to replicate the sample plan outline exactly - that can be a laborious process, and there's just no need. Instead, start with the plan outline in LivePlan and use the instructions and examples to help you formulate your content. The sample plans offer a helpful view into how companies similar to yours have approached writing their plans, which can greatly help with your writing.
You can absolutely copy text from any sample plan and paste it into LivePlan as a starting point for your own edits. This video demonstrates how to do that:
If you are looking for a faster way to start your plan, you might try our Pitch tool. It's designed to help you quickly identify the key components of your business and express them in a condensed infographic format. If you haven't tried it yet, here's how to get started.