Good business plan templates are available from GrowThink, Entrepreneur, the U.S. Small Business Administration and Score. GrowThink's business plan template includes charts, financial reports, email support and other resources to simplify the process and costs $97 as of 2015. The other three business plan templates are available free of charge.
Dave Lavinsky, founder of GrowThink, also provides a comprehensive business plan guide that is published on Forbes.com. The freely-accessible article covers everything that should be included in a business plan.
Entrepreneur offers an assortment of templates and forms for small businesses, including resources for creating business plans. A template is available for Internet businesses in Word format, along with a detailed PDF how-to guide and a business plan PowerPoint presentation.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has a wealth of resources for startup ventures and established small businesses, including a PDF business plan template, an online course on business plan writing and several articles about business plans. Users can access the interactive business plan builder with a free SBA.gov account. This tool walks business owners through each step of creating an effective business plan.
Score offers a generic business plan template for startup companies in Word format. This template contains instructions and tips for each section, as well as charts and financial worksheets.