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PLAN IT
You have decided to start your own business, but now you need to develop a plan that will enable you to achieve your entrepreneurial goals.  How do you begin to make your business plan?  Does your business plan impact your overall chances for success?  Do you need a business plan in order to raise funds for your new venture? If you have found yourself asking these or any other questions about business planning then be sure to look at the linked articles that will help you develop a successful roadmap for entrepreneurial success.


Product commercialization and development lifecycle


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“Business Plan Templates”

Source: score.org
Are you ready to build your business plan?  Take a look at this complete collection of free, downloadable business plan and financial statement templates in Microsoft Word and Excel formats.

score.org


Sample Business Plans by Industry

Source: bplans.com
Not sure which business plan to choose for your specific industry?  Review dozens of sample business plans covering a variety of industries posted to help you develop ideas when building your own business plan.

bplans.com


Business Plan Online Course

Source: va-interactive.com/score/
A series of 26 different, free, online courses (requiring registration) which cover numerous subjects relating to “starting your business,” “managing your business” and the “foundation of marketing.”

va-interactive.com


“Another Business Plan Online Course”

Source: myownbusiness.org
Before starting your business plan, consider taking this brief online course (part of a series) that uses short checklists examining do’s and don’ts, sample plans as well as interviews with small business entrepreneurs.

myownbusiness.org


Free business statistics and financial ratios

Source: bizstats.com
Compare your estimated financial statements against these averages for financial ratios, balance sheets and income-expense statements across a variety of industries.

bizstats.com


Average wages by occupation in Orange County

Source: bls.gov
Examine detailed Bureau of Labor Statistics survey information from May 2006 that can provide you with wage estimates for your start-up’s employees.

bls.gov


Salary Wizard by zip code

Source: salary.com
Salary Wizard (located at the top left of the webpage) shows salary ranges by job title and zip code providing another source of wage data for your start-up’s new employees.

salary.com


Sure fire secrets to entrepreneurial success

Source: vcinstitute.org
Read a successful venture capitalist’s discussion of the 12 secrets to success based on experience gleaned from screening thousands of aspiring entrepreneurs.

vcinstitute.org


Business Owner’s Toolkit

Source: toolkit.com
Are you ready to start your business?  Take a look at this comprehensive toolkit organized around 12 aspects of starting and growing a business including instructions on how to create a winning business plan.

toolkit.com


Choosing the best ownership structure for your business

Source: nolo.com
Do you need help establishing your business’s ownership structure?  Review this article detailing the process of choosing the correct business structure for your start-up.

nolo.com


Chart of different business structures

Source: score114.org
A brief description and comparison chart of the different types of legal business structures including sole proprietorship, partnership, corporations, S corporation and LLC.

score114.org


More information on choosing a business structure

Source: sba.gov
Are you still unsure about what business structure will best suit your start-up?  Take a look at these short articles discussing the different types of legal business ownership which you, as new entrepreneur, will need to consider before founding your start-up.

sba.gov


More information on choosing a business structure

Source: sos.ca.gov
Be sure to review through these frequently asked questions regarding different types of businesses provided by the CA Secretary of State.

sos.ca.gov


Naming Your Business

Source: toolkit.com
Take a few minutes and read this short article that explains how your business’ legal structure will affect your start-up’s name.

toolkit.com


California Business Search

Source: sos.ca.gov
You already have a great name picked out for your new business.  Determine your business’s name is currently registered with the CA Secretary of State. The website also provides links to information on reserving an entity name for different types of business structures.

sos.ca.gov


United States Trademark Office Search

Source: uspto.gov
Remember to check the federal trademark database when you are thinking about your company name and your product titles.

uspto.gov