Cambridge Corporate Finance creates professional business plans for companies of all sizes, ranging from startups to established corporations. As a team of versatile industry professionals, we know what investors look for in a business plan. As our client, we will make sure your company is well-presented to all potential investors. Keep reading to learn why you need a business plan, the key components of a business plan, and how our team can help you create the perfect business plan.
$9,500 (50% upfront, balance on completion)
A business plan is a must-have for any business, but it is even more crucial if you are seeking investors or partners. First, you can use a business plan internally to set baselines, understand your competition, and define the business’s goals. When it comes time to raise capital, investors will request a business plan to get a better idea of what your business does and where it stands financially. Without a business plan, raising funds to grow your business will be much more cumbersome.
A business plan is your chance to sell your company to an investor – banks, venture capitalists, and even angel investors. You can have a great idea, but without a professional business plan, you will not be able to raise enough capital to reach your business’s goals. When investors read a business plan, these are the key pieces of information that they look for:
The executive summary is the first piece of the business plan that investors see. In short, the executive summary provides an overview of the document and begins with a paragraph describing what the business does. The first paragraph of the executive summary is an integral part of the business plan because the goal is to capture the investor’s attention. Without an engaging start to the executive summary, potential investors may lose interest and not even bother reading the rest of the 100-page business plan. As a general rule of thumb, the executive summary should be no longer than two pages.
The business background and description section of your business plan is your chance to better elaborate on what services your business offers, its mission, and why you are qualified to run the business. To start, you should explain to investors how their business idea was conceived. For example, do you have professional work experience that closely aligns with your business plans? You will also want to highlight your current progress, any important milestones you have reached, and any success you have had with current or prior businesses.
A management introduction should follow the description of the business. Although startups and small businesses will not have an extensive management hierarchy, the introduction should at a minimum contain an organizational chart. In the case of new businesses, the chart should display roles that you plan to hire and a distinction between who owns the business and who manages it.
There should be a section after the organizational chart that outlines the description of each role in the company. This section is imperative to the business plan because it can help hinder disputes in the future, especially in the case of miscommunication between multiple partners.
Lastly, the management introduction should either include the resumes of the key people in the business or a brief description of their experience and qualifications. Investors do not want to hand money over to people without experience in the industry, so this is a great way to show that the management team is competent.
Investors will expect to see a detailed market analysis in your business plan. A strong market analysis will include a description of the industry and the industry’s growth potential as well as the results of any market research. Furthermore, the market analysis should include a portion that covers your competition. For example, explicitly state who your competitors are – what competitive advantages do they hold in the market? What are their strengths and weaknesses and how do they compare to yours? Investors also want to know if your competitors could prevent you from entering the market.
This is where the number-crunching comes into play. Investors want to see tangible evidence that they can earn money on their investment. The financial projection section of the business plan should include key financial reports such as a forecast of revenue and expenses, your current balance sheet and most recent income statement, as well as a statement of cash flows. All financial statements must be prepared according to the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). Startups will not have the historical data to prepare forecasts, but they can use industry trends.
Yes, a business plan should include a discounted cash flow valuation or be presented along with your business plan. Our team of financial professionals can provide you with a DCF valuation and a 50-page report that covers many aspects of your business. With the DCF valuation method, we use your expected future cash flows and calculate the net present value of your business. When investors know the value of your business, they can better calculate how much equity stake they should receive for their investment.
The team at Cambridge Corporate Finance has years of professional experience that spans various industries. Our subject matter experts can create a fully customized business to help you raise capital from investors. You only get one chance to sell your business to potential investors. Our team will ensure that your business plan contains all the information that investors want to see.
We charge a fixed rate of $9,500 to create your Business Plan. Of the $9,500 fee, 50% is due in advance, and the remaining 50% is due upon delivery of the Business Plan. With our fixed-rate pricing model, there are no surprises; you know exactly what you are going to pay before we begin the engagement. As a firm that strives to work with integrity and transparency, we believe that a fixed-fee contractual agreement is the best practice.
Banks and outside investors all require documented evidence proving your ideas will produce successful results. Strategic objectives, marketing and financial forecasts all need evaluating succinctly to aid decision-making.
To get an idea of how we can support your fundraising goals, download a sample business plan created by Cambridge Corporate Finance.
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