By Jenn Houser (Founder, Upstart Bootcamp) If you want to build a business, you need a business plan to help you think through all the angles of your business, and share your ideas in a clear, compelling way.
We talked to 100 leading venture capitalists, angel investors and entrepreneurs to find what is most important in a business plan. They agreed that whether you’re bootstrapping your company or looking to raise money, you should have a plan that covers the 15 key topics essential to any business.
But this isn’t your father’s 40-page business plan -– It’s a 15-slide Powerpoint “deck” that you use to talk to investors, employees, partners and more about your business.
Too busy to start right now? Don’t worry – just sign up to get the great price and access to the approach praised by the likes of TechStars, Harvard Business School and Kleiner Perkins. You can use the course any time you’d like!
So how do you -– a busy, cash-strapped startup founder -– learn how to write and use a business plan like this? Easy. Take UpStart’s on-demand course “Create A Business Plan” on Udemy. This course will show you how to plan just enough to make smart choices without wasting time.
The course includes videos and step-by-step instructions, along with a workbook to fill out as you go to build your own plan. We also provide sample business plans and tips to help you avoid common mistakes. You can even get private coaching if you get stuck, want feedback, or need to practice your delivery.
Get the Upstart Bootcamp limited time deal for Women 2.0 members here. About the guest blogger: Jenn Houser is a serial entrepreneur and start-up adviser at Upstart Bootcamp. Jenn has founded five companies and raised more than $40 million from VCs and angel investors. Her last startup, Motionbox, was acquired by HP's Snapfish in 2010. She and David Ronick founded Upstart Bootcamp to help founders to start up smarter. To learn more about business planning, take UpStart's on-demand course. Follow her on Twitter at @upstartbootcamp