A business plan gives an outline of your business, the market in which it will operate and how it aims to make money - and should answer this question: why will your business succeed when so many others fail?
Know your market. A big part of knowing whether your business will be successful is understanding your audience. Make sure your plan is clear about your target market – who will you be selling to and how many other companies are already selling similar products?
Sales and Marketing Plan. A description of how you intend to entice customers to buy your product(s) or service(s), including advertising/promotion, pricing strategy, sales and distribution, and post-sales support if applicable.
It is definitely not the most exciting part of starting a business. In fact, if you are like a lot of entrepreneurs, you are probably going to find yourself pulling a few all-nighters to get one done before heading into your first pitch for funding. Because that is the thing--your business plan is a pretty important.