Assignments (Using Business Plan Pro)

You will have six assignments in this course. Together, they are the main components of a seventh assignment, the business plan that you will complete by the end of the course.

  1. One-Page Description of the Business Opportunity. Just click the link here for more instructions. Note that the title includes “one page.” The details include some downloadable examples so you can see how others have done it.
  2. Market Analysis. Three-page maximum, but this one includes one table, a pie chart if possible, and a few paragraphs of text. Plus some thinking, and maybe even some research.
  3. Startup Plan. Text explanation plus tables showing startup costs broken into expenses and assets, and startup funding.
  4. Sales Forecast. Text explanation plus tables showing sales, by units if possible, and costs of sales, also called direct costs of sales, or costs of goods sold (COGS), for the first year broken down by month, plus years two and three.
  5. Projected Profit & Loss. Also called Income Statement, or Pro-forma Income Statement. What this means in actual work is first doing a list of salaries for you and your employees, and then listing all your expenses. When those two are done, you combine them with the sales forecast assignment, add some text explanations, and you have Profit & Loss.
  6. Summary Memo. This will become the executive summary of your final plan. It’s 2-5 pages, telling a hypothetical investor what you’re going to do, how much money you need, and how much money you’ll generate for the investor.

Your instructor will determine when these assignments are due. Grading, if relevant at all, is also up to your instructor.

Minimum Business Plan Outline

You will be using Business Plan Pro, version 11, business-planning software. For all assignments a Business Plan Pro MinimumBusinessPlan.bpdx file has been created and is available to download. This file includes a custom outline created especially for The Plan-As-You-Go Business Plan.

Click here to download MinimumBusinessPlan.bpdx