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Start up business plans free templates

start up business plans free templates

Last Updated: 10 May 2017

Planning should always be the first step in developing a business. A plan gives your business direction and helps you prepare for a lot of what you may need to overcome in the future. After consultation with business intermediaries, business.gov.au has developed a suite of free planning templates, checklists and business apps to help guide your business.

Read about Developing your business plans for more information the importance of planning and what to do before writing your business or marketing plans.

Watch our business videos to find out more about business.gov.au tools to help you start or grow your business.

View our Business apps page to download our suite of apps.

Checklists for starting and growing a business

Business plan templates

  • Business plan template and guide This template and guide can help you start your business, research your market, develop business goals and manage your finances.
  • MyBizPlan tablet app Download MyBizPlan - our free business planning tablet app, available for Android™ and iPad. Our suite of free apps are interactive and easy to create, update, share and store online.
  • Read How do I develop a business plan? for an alternative to the information contained within the downloadable template.

Note: iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Android is a trademark of Google Inc.

Marketing plan templates

  • Marketing plan template and guide This template can help you integrate your total marketing effort and gives you a targeted approach to developing your business' products or services. Download this version if you want to edit and print the marketing plan template and guide.
  • MarketMyBiz tablet app Download MarketMyBiz - our free marketing planning tablet app. Our suite of free apps are interactive and easy to create, update, share and store online.
  • Read How do I develop a marketing plan? for an alternative format to the information contained within the downloadable version.

Succession plan templates

  • Succession plan template & guide Download this template to help you plan for the day when you leave your business. Planning for this time can provide a smooth transition and lowers the risk of disruption to your operations.
  • Read How do I develop a succession plan? for an alternative version of the information within the downloadable plan, to help you start developing your own Succession plan.

Financial templates

  • Start-up costing If you're thinking of starting a business, a start-up costing sheet can help determine how much money you need to start.
  • Cash flow statement A cash flow statement tracks all the money flowing in and out of your business and can reveal payment cycles or seasonal trends that require additional cash to cover payments.
  • Profit and loss statement A profit and loss or income statement lists your sales and expenses and helps you work out how much real profit you're making or losing.
  • Balance sheet A balance sheet is a snapshot of your business on a particular date. It lists all of your business' assets and liabilities and works out your net assets.
  • Financial calculators Use this template to calculate your key financial ratios and help you analyse the financial health of your business.
  • Glossary of key financial terms Find definitions for financial terms that you may come across when you are dealing with accountants and financial institutions, or while running your business.

Emergency management & recovery plan templates

Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women

The Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women is a practical guide to help female Indigenous business owners understand the requirements of running a business.

The Toolkit includes:

  • real-life case studies
  • fact sheets
  • checklists
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • information about government resources
  • tips on time management, balancing your business and asking for support.

Download the Business Toolkit for Indigenous Women now.

Australian IP Toolkit for Collaboration

The Australian IP Toolkit for Collaboration helps facilitate, simplify and improve collaborations between industry and researchers.

Download the IP Toolkit.

Digital Business Kits

The Digital Business Kits provide the tools and resources required to help businesses embrace the world of digital business.

Major Projects Help tool

The Major Projects Help tool helps major project proponents to find out what legislations can affect their new project in a simple and easy to navigate manner. The tool provides a tailored list of relevant legislation for an individual project based on the selections made within the tool. Links are provided to regulation factsheets that further explains the applicable legislation.

Other useful tools and resources

start up business plans free templates Write a business plan - GOV.UK

Free Business Plan Templates - PDF and Word

start up business plans free templates E-commerce Start-up Business Plan Sample - Executive.

Luckily for entrepreneurs, there are templates out there that allow you to plug in all of the information, instead of struggling with formatting and figuring out what you need to include. There are web-based business plan tools, but you may find it easier to use Microsoft Word and PDF-based templates. Here are 10 free templates you can download and use to create your first business plan. [See Related Story: The Dos and Don'ts of Writing a Great Business Plan]

Bplans

Bplans.com, known as the authority on business plans, offers a free Word business plan template, complete with instructions and a table of contents. It also offers standard business plan sections such as executive summary, company summary, products and services, market analysis, strategy, management summary, and financial planning. Once you register, you will be able to download the materials and choose from a wide range of businesses in different industries in which to base your plan.

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Entrepreneur.com provides business tools, with a collection of business plans free in PDF, PowerPoint and Word. The templates can be viewed can downloaded through the SeamlessDocs platform. The site includes a template for a variety of specific business types, a business plan model that outlines the different parts of a business plan, and customizable templates that allow users to add their logos and business information. If you need a guide to writing a business plan, Entrepreneur.com also provides a download for that.

Law Depot

This step-by-step business plan builder, offered by Law Depot, covers structure, product marketing, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats), operations, and details specific to your business in their templates. Once the template is complete, you can download and print. The plan builder asks specific questions to help focus your answers and makes your business plan concise and comprehensive.

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