This is a new section to which I will be adding more. Many of you have
written to ask for sample e-business plans. While these are proprietary and not
shared with the public, I have scoured the web to look for sample plans and
guidance to help you. Having written numerous successfully funded plans for both
private and public sector organizations, I know that starting with a model helps
overcome the "blank page" terror. Following are some of the initial
links I have found; please send me yours!
- BusinessPlans.org is the holy
grail of business planning, because it includes the sample business plans
presented to venture capitalists at the annual MootCorp competition at the
University of Texas by top MBA students from around the world.
- Newsweek's Sites for e-Biz Entrepreneuers is a list of 103
great web sites to use when starting a small e-business.
- Starting a family e-business? SmartBiz's Family
Business Site has small business articles and links.
Business Plan Template. Per the authors, "this Template is a
powerful interactive tool you can use to write your own business plan in a
comfortable and easy step-by-step fashion." Seemed pretty easy for
first-time planners to generate on online plan immediately!
- BPlans.com offers business
planning advice, how-to guides and sample business plans for mostly offline
businesses, although they've added a few online business plans as well. One
example is for a fictitious
children's web site. They try to sell their planning software, but the
samples give you a good idea.
- BizPlanit.com helps
critique your business plan by pointing out common mistakes and generic
advice section by section.
send your suggested e-business planning resources to me at email@example.com.