Once you've conducted research into the feasibility of your new business you're ready to write your business plan.
Your business plan is essential for your business - it's your blueprint for the future. It sets the direction for your business and keeps you on track once you're up and running. It's also a requirement when you're seeking finance.
Depending on what type of business you intend to start, your business plan could include these elements:
executive summary - a one-page overview written after your business plan is finalized
introduction - explains the purpose and objectives of going into business
marketing analysis - looks at the industry you are entering and how you fit in
marketing plan - your marketing strategy
operations plan - how you'll set up the business, i.e. structure, location, regulations
management plan - how you'll manage your business
financial plan - how you'll finance your business, costing and financial projections.
Business planning is an ongoing business activity - you should regularly review and revise your business plan.