Business Plan Guides and Templates
If you decide to write a formal, full-blown plan, shorter plans (10 to 15 pages, excluding financial appendices) are better. Save the rest of the details, and use them as supporting material in face-to-face
meetings. If you choose not to write the plan, try to find the time to go through the
planning process anyway, and make sure you have a solid story on each of the key
aspects of your business.
Some guidelines, either way:
Creating an Effective Business Plan
(from the AmEx Small Buiness Exchange)
Very comprehensive and well-articulated. Useful in isolating the key aspects of your business, that you need to have
a plan for. But if you use it as a template for a business plan document, you may end up with a rather long plan.
startups.com Business Plans
Their ten points to focus on are all worth thinking about
in the context of your business. Depending on what your business concept is, some may be more important
than the others -- but make sure you evaluate all of them, before you choose which ones to zero in on.
Business Plan Road Map
From the Small Business Association. Comprehensive, but could be
more readable. Some of its worksheets are useful planning tools.