Step 1 Read through this guide
Step 2 Brainstorm your business idea
Step 3 Create a document for your research
Step 4 Customers
Step 5 Industry Overview
Step 6 Marketing 4P's
Step 7 STP - Segment, Target & Position
Step 8 Organization
Step 9 Financials
Step 10 Funding
Step 11 Exit Strategy
Step 12 Appendix
Step 13 Business Description
Step 14 Executive Summary
Why do you need to formally write a Business Plan?
Tips to writing the plan:
Presenting the Business Plan: Also see books in the library and the page of helpful things and other resources available to you.
Guy Kawasaki's blog is a must read. "The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint" will give you great parameters to use as a guide for presentations to Venture Capitalists.
Understand who your audience is (investors; angels, venture capitalists, loan officers), and what they are looking for:
Return on Investment- How will they get their money back? (This is also part of the exit strategy.)
High Return on Investment