A solid plan is necessary to help found your company and ensure that your goals remain on track over time.

Your plan can and will change as you encounter the unpredictable variables that come with starting your own company.

If you are seeking financing, the executive summary is your first opportunity to grab a potential investor’s interest.

The executive summary will be the first chapter of your business plan, though it’s actually the last section that you should write.

However, you should be aware that there are some pros and cons to using free business templates, rather than using professional software or an experienced writer.

Writing a business plan is a prerequisite to your company’s success.

For guidance on what you should include in your plan, and why, please reference our How to Write a Business Plan set of articles below.

Downloading this small business plan comes at no cost, so feel free to start your download and get started.

Click here to download a blank business plan template Click here to download a plan with sample text Still not what you’re looking for? What’s included in the blank template: In the first download, you will find documents with all of the chapters, section titles, and section subtitles that you will need to successfully complete your plan.

Our first plan contains the 8 chapters of a basic business plan including: What’s included in the template with sample text: In the second download, we give you a completed ice cream shop plan to reference.

Each section gives an example of what you should write.