Don’t buy a business plan. Develop your plan, write your plan, but don’t buy one. Buy business plan software, or books, or blank templates, if you insist. Take a course at the local college, university, or small business development center. If you have more money than time, hire somebody to help you—but make sure he or she just helps you and doesn’t develop the plan for you. Just don’t buy a business plan. That’s as bad for your business as buying a term paper is for your teenage children. It might be worse, in fact, because it replaces planning with illusion.
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