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Tackle Small Business Costs

Aug 17, 2007
Many first-time business owners are completely overwhelmed or unprepared by the amount of small business costs associated with operating a business. Small business costs often lead to the failure of many businesses, especially during the first year, or they even prevent them from getting started in the first place. Through a wide array of government and private programs, however, many small business owners have helpful options to help them finance their mounting small business costs.

A business plan is a required component of any successful business. Without a business plan, you are much less likely to obtain business startup loans from banks and investors. With a professional business plan, you have a documented, blueprint for success that you can show people who might potentially provide business startup funding for your business. To instill confidence in others, your business plan must sound convincing, realistic and demonstrate your abilities to start and operate a successful business venture.

A business plan for the sole purpose of receiving a small business startup loan must contain several components. The first few pages include the Executive Summary and the Table of Contents. After this is the company description. This is one of the most important sections of a business plan. Your company description will give potential investors a short history of your small business along with the future you are planning for it. It describes plans you might have to expand your business. For purposes of getting small business startup loans, this is one of the sections that loan providers and investors are most interested in.

In the company description, you will want to avoid mentioning that your business is a startup business. Startup businesses are considered very risky investments by most investors. As an alternative, outline details of what you have contributed to the industry that you are currently in or plan on entering. Without sounding arrogant, mention some details or things that you have changed or something you have done differently than others in your market that has proved to be successful. Also, discuss how your business has grown in recent months or years and don't be shy about your predicted growth. Your excitement and passion regarding your new business needs to be seen in the writing of your business plan to help increase your chances of getting a business startup loan.

One of the last parts of a well-written business plan, but certainly not the least important, is your marketing plan analysis. This is an explanation of your demographics using facts and figures and a study done about your new, potential customers and clients. This section also explains your advertising plans, especially your target market and how you intend to reach them. This section must show that you have done extensive research, appropriate with your market to ensure that your product or service has a large demand. In order to obtain small business startup loans, you will also need to include a sound financial plan, including pro-forma financial statements for your new business.

Many new and small businesses overlook the enormous amount of small business costs that will be incurred in order to operate. Many entrepreneurs create a professional business plan to help them provide potential investors with their roadmap for success in their new venture. Many banks and investors require a well-written business plan before they will even consider loaning the entrepreneur any business startup funding. With the help of loans and other business startup funding, small business owners can continue striving for success in their small business.
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