Again, it’s a summary, so highlight the key points you’ve uncovered while writing your plan.
If you’re writing for your own planning purposes, you can skip the summary altogether—although you might want to give it a try anyways, just for practice. Admittedly, that space constraint can make squeezing in all of the salient information a bit stressful—but it’s not impossible.
Here’s what your business plan’s executive summary should include: This section of your business plan should answer two fundamental questions: Who are you, and what do you plan to do?
Answering these questions provides an introduction to why you’re in business, why you’re different, what you have going for you, and why you’re a good investment bet.
But there are several compelling reasons to consider writing a business plan, even if you don’t need funding.
If you’re looking for a structured way to lay out your thoughts and ideas, and to share those ideas with people who can have a big impact on your success, a business plan is an excellent starting point.
Next, craft your vision statement: what impact do you envision your business having on the world once you’ve achieved your vision? T.: specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound.
Phrase that impact as an assertion—begin the statement with “We will” and you’ll be off to a great start. It’s no exaggeration to say your market can make or break your business.
Whatever your reason for writing a business plan, the task will probably still feel like a homework assignment.
When you’re starting a business, your to-do list is a mile long and filled with more immediately rewarding tasks, like taking product photos, creating ad campaigns, and opening social media accounts.