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How to write a business plan 

In this guide discover what you need to do before you start writing your business plan – the questions you need to ask and the information you need to gather. We'll cover...

  • Before you begin
  • The aims of your business plan
  • Questions to ask
  • Structure and contents
  • Information gathering
  • Software and formatting


Whether your business is currently no more than a kernel of an idea, or whether you’ve been trading for months or even years, you need a business plan. It’s the key to greater productivity and innovation, happier and more effective employees, and of course, securing the investment your business needs to grow.

This is the first in a series of three insight guides, taking you step by step through every stage of crafting the perfect business plan. Here, we look at the things you need to do before you start writing your business plan. After all, as the old saying goes – preparation prevents poor performance.

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About the author

Al Sisto

Chief Executive Officer

Al’s an IT industry veteran with more than 25 years senior executive level experience. As Chief Operating Officer at RSA Data Security Inc., the leading security software company, he led its transformation from a passive patent licensing operation to an aggressive, sales oriented software company. At RSA he negotiated partnership agreements with IBM, Intel, Compaq, Cisco and Nortel. Al was Chairman, President and CEO of Phoenix Technologies Ltd, the global BIOS software company. He revitalised Phoenix through the acquisition of Internet appliance business, Ravisent Technologies; investing in semiconductor and microprocessor designer Transmeta and spinning off Silicon Corporation.