BUSINESS PLAN TOOL – How It Works
How It Works
Every year 2.5 million women start a new business. One of the first questions they ask is, “do I need a business plan, and how do I write one?” While nobody NEEDS a business plan, it makes the process of starting a business so much easier. By thinking through every facet of your business before you launch, you will ultimately be more prepared for obstacles that come your way. This preparation will help you feel more confident in your idea, your financial opportunity, and your capabilities. The most important thing to do when starting a business is to do just that: start. And we are here to help get you on your way.
At Above the Glass, we aim to demystify the business plan process, make it useful for where you are right now, and empower you to take your business where you want to go.
Your business plan is a starting point and, once you get going, a reference point to remind you of your goals. And if you continue to update it as your business evolves, it can be a powerful navigational tool for further growth.
We created this tool to be as user-friendly as possible so you have a practical framework to play with. We offer our insight and some basic guidelines to make your job a little easier, but at the end of the day, it’s your baby. If you don’t know the answers to some of these questions, do your homework. Nobody should know your business better than you do.
For some, going through the process of creating a business plan is simply about validating the great idea. For others, it may reveal that their venture has some serious holes that need to be addressed before striking out. The business plan can be used to pitch your idea to business partners, potential co-founders, lenders, investors or suppliers. But mostly we hope that this tool helps you start building your story and sense of ownership over the idea so you have the confidence to go into business.
The following form will let you plug in all your specific and proprietary info to create a customized business plan that tells your story and looks great. You’ll need to have all your data and numbers ready to go, so look through the form and then start collecting the info you need. You will be able to save your work as you go for up to 30 days.
When you are done inputting your information, you will have a customized version of the deck previewed below: