In a previous post, I shared with you what a business plan is all about. I clarified you on when to use a formal business plan – with investors and bankers. Your business plan must not be a long document – it can be just the executive summary. That piece of paper that you jotted down your business idea in bullet points and how you plan to achieve them is still a business plan.
I also share with you the specific elements that make up a formal business plan. One of such elements is the executive summary which is what we will see below. You should take note that a business plan is a dynamic document that needs to be updated regularly depending on your business’ health. That said, let’s see what an executive summary is all about.
It is a snapshot or summary of your business plan. It gives a summary of your business profile and goals to be attained. This is where you need to grab your reader’s attention. If they are satisfied with this, they can then go ahead and read the entire business proposal.
An executive business plan is sometimes called a one-page business plan. It is very important for you especially if you are writing a formal business plan to show bankers or investors. You may want to know today that most people will read only the executive summary meanwhile the others will start with it before deciding if they will read the remaining document.
Your executive summary will be best when it covers only one page and not more. It may not be that easy to come up with an executive summary. However, let me share with you some must-have content:
The above is a summary on how you can write a one page business plan or executive summary. As I said above, some readers will not go beyond the executive summary of your business plan. In this case, your content should be brief enough but carry the above information.
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