Businesses need a strong plan that outlines what you aim to achieve and gives you a roadmap to get there. Creating your own business plan doesn’t have to be difficult, simply set aside some time to work through the various elements.

What does the business plan template do?

The template walks you through each stage of a business plan. It will help ensure that nothing gets missed, including essential elements such as:

  • your profile
  • your goals
  • your marketing strategy
  • your business structure.

When you’re writing your business plan, it’s important to:

  • be clear and focused about what you want to achieve – and stay realistic
  • avoid using long words or sentences. Keep your writing clear, simple and easy to understand.

When you’re writing a business plan, use the process to think carefully though every step of your business start-up carefully. You’ll pinpoint weaknesses, identify your strengths, and spot opportunities you might not have thought of.

Writing a plan can be enjoyable. It will help you highlight the ideas and activities at the core of your business, and force you to get your priorities in order too. It could also show you what success will look like, so you can begin measuring it. Each section of the template comes with brief instructions, so that you get the structure right.

When you’re finished, one of our small business bankers will be happy to go over the plan and provide advice and guidance. You can request a call back online to discuss this further.

Download our business plan template (DOC, 158KB), opens in new window and read our detailed article on writing your business plan to get started.

Use our business plan template to guide you through writing your business plan.

Important information

The information contained in this article is correct as of July 2018 and is intended to be of a general nature only. It has been prepared without taking into account any person’s objectives, financial situation or needs. Before acting on this information, NAB recommends that you consider whether it is appropriate for your circumstances. NAB recommends that you seek independent legal, financial, and taxation advice before acting on any information in this article.