18 Business Loan Requirements - Business Plan
Not every lender is going to require you to submit a comprehensive business plan; however, that is not to say that it is not a good idea to have one in place. Especially if you are going with a more traditional lender, they often will need to see a thorough plan, whereas more alternative lenders won’t necessarily have to review one before approving your business loan.
Essentially, the function of a business plan is to spell out your goals, make financial projections, explain what you perceive the target market to be, as well as present estimates for future sales, incomes, and cash flow. In order for you to build a thriving and successful business, you really will need to have thought about these things.
In fact, by creating a business plan, you have a chance to demonstrate how passionate and enthusiastic you are about the potential of your endeavor. And remember, creativity does count here! In other words, your proposal does not have to be dry and boring.
A business plan can be anywhere from 20-50 pages long—some even longer, depending on the data you have, the experience you have accumulated, and the industry you happen to be in. You may want to include any or all of the following:
- Your personal background. After all, as the owner, you, in many ways, embody the company.
- The overall mission statement of your business.
- Data on your market, competitors, and what you bring to the table.
- Financial projections encompass at least the next 3-5 years.
- A general marketing strategy.
- An executive summary of the company.
This strategic plan gives you an opportunity to show lenders why you are unique, why your company has value, and why you are the one to bring it to fruition. At First Union, we believe in the power of small businesses. We believe in your ability to get your company off the ground, and our team will do all that we can to help. Call today, and let us get you the funding you need!