How to Write a Business Plan
with CEU Certificate*
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Course DescriptionMost CPAs will tell you that the number one mistake people make in starting a new business is that they fail to write a business plan. Without a written set of plans and directions, a new business will struggle on many levels. You may start out doing well only to find yourself shipwrecked a year into your work. On the other hand, you may sit and struggle to ever get your business off of the ground and productive. You may find yourself struggling with small things that have simple solutions and for which the answers are easy to implement. But if your plan is not written, then you don't have a clear vision in a very literal sense of the word.
A well written business plan takes time, patience, detail, research, and a right approach to presentation. This course will walk you through the process of writing your business plan. You will learn why certain details are vitally important, which parts of your business plan can make or break your finance query with investors, and how to sharpen your public presentation of your company and its business.
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- IACET CEUs
- 6 Months to Complete
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- Start Anytime
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Lesson 1. Plan Your PlanYour business plan is something that must be planned to be a successful document that will support and enhance the presentation of your company's short and long term objectives, position, market, appeal, and profitability.
Lesson 2. Structure and SequencePeople who read your business plan should be reading the most attractive summary of you and your business available anywhere.
Lesson 3. Important DetailsIf you cover each of these details in each of the business plan's segments, then your final plan will be comprehensive and answer any banker's or investor's questions.
Lesson 4. The Executive SummaryThe Executive Summary is perhaps the most detailed "sales oriented" business presentation you will make in everyday business interactions.
Lesson 5. FinancialsIt is especially important to upstart companies and non-profit organizations to have your financial plans and financial statements professionally prepared by your CPA or accountant.
Lesson 6. Market ResearchMarket research relates to the information that you gather on your clients and prospective clients, about their likes and dislikes, what they want and need, demographics, market prices, your competitor, and related points of interest.
Lesson 7. CompetitionA Competitive Analysis is where you exhibit your knowledge of your company's competitors and what they are up to in their business.
Lesson 8. Support Documents and Working Your PlanYou will want to be prepared for other supporting documents that a banker or investor may require you to produce. These other documents are supporting pieces that will not be listed anywhere in your business plan.
Additional Course Information
- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
- View and Share Your Certificate Online or Download/Print as PDF
- Display Your Certificate on Your Resume and Promote Your Achievements Using Social Media
- Plan your business writing plan.
- Define structure and sequence in the scope of a business plan.
- Describe the important details of a business writing plan.
- Describe the executive summary.
- Summarize the financials.
- Identify and describe market research
- Analyze the competition, and
- Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
|Lesson 1: Form of a Business Plan||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 1 Exam||Exam||14|
|Lesson 2: Order of a Business Plan||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 2 Exam||Exam||12|
|Lesson 3: Details in Products Summary Section||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 3 Exam||Exam||14|
|Lesson 4: Executive Summary in Business Plan||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 4 Exam||Exam||14|
|Lesson 5: Financials for Upstarts||Assignment||20|
|Lesson 5 Exam||Exam||15|
|Lesson 6: Target Market||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 6 Exam||Exam||15|
|Lesson 7: Finished Presentation||Assignment||30|
|Lesson 7 Exam||Exam||15|
|Lesson 8: Final Presentation of Your Business Plan||Assignment||25|
|Lesson 8 Exam||Exam||13|
|The Final Exam||Exam||37|
- "What was most helpful was the structure and Content sections. They were very complete." -- Steven C.