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Business Plan Tutorial: Financial Plan & Funding

The Financial Plan

Questions to answer about finances and funding:

  • How much money do you need, when do you need it and where do you plan to obtain it?
  • What are the required resources you will need for your company?
  • How many customers do you need to break even? What percentage of your target market is that?
  • What will the investor/lender get out of this deal?
  • What are the actual terms of the deal? (i.e., interest, dividends, payouts, stock, expected work loads for partners)
  • When can you expect to start to pay off investors? When do you believe you will be done paying off the investors?

In the business plan, project out monthly financials for 3 years to give a realistic overall picture of each of the following: 

  • Income Statement
  • Balance Sheet
  • Cash Flow
  • Capital equipment and supply list
  • Breakeven analysis
  • Assumptions upon which projections were based

Databases for finances and funding

Funding research - free online resources