Although it might not sound like a lot of fun at first, business planning can be pretty exciting. Starting one feels daunting, but once you get moving it takes over. A business plan is like a map and a compass for a business. Without it you’re traveling blind. With a plan you set objectives, establish priorities, and provide for cash flow.

Using a good business plan template can really help you get your thoughts organized. It can provide a guideline, so that you're not stuck looking at a blank page trying to figure out where to start. And it can show you the general layout of a standard business plan.

There are tons of free business plan templates available, which makes them a good value. Don't get tricked into paying for one! If you need more than a free template can provide, look into software solutions like Business Plan Pro, which provides more help and customization options than any template can.

To find a great business planning template you can either Google "Business Plan" or try one of these links:

Once you start, you won't be able to stop. Believe me, it's a great way to begin the New Year with a bang!

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