Business Plan Checklist

Gather your basic financial statements

  • Financial statements are ;formal records of your business' financial activities. There are four basic statements:

Determine your audience

Incorporate these elements

Consider these topics

Consider the other factors on this list of business-planning essentials:

Avoid business failure

A well-developed business plan is critical for any start-up business. To develop a thorough business plan, research your customers and competition; avoid mistakes that lead to business failure; and know how to implement a business plan and make it work. Your business plan should include a basic financial statement, all major pieces of a business plan, and information from your business-planning checklist.


  • Keep your focus on these three things:
    • Cut costs to the bone
    • Offer something unique
    • Focus on one customer group