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When you’re getting ready to start your small business, you want to create as solid a foundation as you can – and that involves education and planning. You might have heard that you should start with a business plan, or a business model. That’s great! But what are they, exactly, and how are they different from one another?
The business model is a blueprint for the business, outlining how you’re going to run your business, and how you’re going to make money.
There are five elements of a business model:
Where a business model is a blueprint, a business plan is a roadmap. A business plan is a formal written document that includes a description of the business you want to run, your business goals, and the plan for reaching those goals.
A business plan is a detailed document that contains sections such as: Marketing Plan, Startup Expenses and Capitalization, Management and Organization, Products and Services, and Operational Plan.
A business plan is usually developed around the answers to three common questions:
And is usually written for one or more of these five reasons:
Why does your small business need both a business model and a business plan?
It’s easy to come up with business ideas, but just because you build a company, that doesn’t mean customers will come. A great deal of time and effort should be spent planning before your new company’s products and services ever reach the market. You need a good foundation and planning before you invest all your time and money.
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