Free “S.C.O.R.E.” Must Have Fundamentals- Business, Marketing & Financial Plans
Must Have Resources For Entrepreneurs
Business Plan, Marketing Plan, and Financial Plan Templates and where to get help if you get stuck.
“Fail to Plan, plan to fail…”
If the #1 Reason most businesses fail is due to a ‘lack of planning,’ then it makes sense to increase your odds of success by not failing to plan… that’s why we’re going to help you to…
Making Planning Easy…
These plans are: your business plan, your marketing plan, and your (business) financial plan.
There are 3 fundamental plans, you need to have if you want to gain the ‘edge’ over all those ‘statistically doomed to fail’ businesses you’ve heard so much about.
- Your Business Plan
- Your Marketing Plan
- Your Financial Plan
While a lot of other entrepreneurs, especially those in the ‘online business,’ communities, may dismiss the need for these plans as a ‘cumbersome waste of time,’ the truth is that by not having these plans, you and your business are already in the ‘statistically proven,’ ‘doomed to fail category,’…
The Good News… is that by having them, you not eliminate yourself as part of the #1 reason most others fail…. You actually increase your odds off success, exponentially!
And we’re going to show you how you can make crafting these 3 essential plans, simple and easy, with templates, resources, and expert advice, all for free!
Introducing S.C.O.R.E. The Service Corps of Retired Executives
S.C.O.R.E. is a U.S. based non-profit organization of retired executive volunteers who offer their post-retirement time to helping entrepreneurs create, start and operate new, successful businesses.
The SCORE organization offers templates for everything you need to plan your business for success. If you’re in the U.S. this even includes access to a free S.C.O.R.E. mentor who will provide you with personal attention and access to his or her expertise to help you succeed.
Even if you’re not in the U.S. the S.C.O.R.E. organization is still one of the most valuable resources any entrepreneur any entrepreneur anywhere in the world can benefit from, thanks to the organizations robust website with it’s extensive library of tutorials, templates, online courses, and webinars.
Business Plan Templates & Helpful Resources from S.C.O.R.E.
Your business plan is where you start to get control of your business, your income and your entire financial life and future.
S.C.O.R.E. not only provides a free business plan template you can use to create your business plan, as well as a free ‘Quick start business plan course,’ they also provide a ‘ Simple 1 Page Business Plan,’ you can create in ’26 tweets,”….
Plan Template Free Download
S.C.O.R.E. also offers a free ‘Quick Start Business Plan’ course to explain how to develop your business plan and help you if you get stuck.
*Another useful business plan resource S.C.O.R.E. offers is the Simple-Yet-Highly-Effective 1 Page Business Plan.
The premise of any business plan is to provide an overview of the business you want to develop. The plan is meant to serve as the pre-mapped route you’ve chosen to take to get there. It’s not a ‘set in stone,’ commandment, but rather a road map, with built-in contingency plans for adjusting course should you run into an unforeseen detour.
With that in mind, while I urge you to make a wholehearted attempt to create a full, traditional business plan, if you give that effort your all and still find that you’re just not up to the task, then at the very least… follow through on the Simple-Yet-Highly-Effective 1 Page Business Plan.
Marketing Plan Templates
S.C.O.R.E. takes it’s mission to provide support for entrepreneurs to a level that paid coaches and mentors rarely reach, or even aspire to.
With a mission to provide executive level support for budding enterprises, S.C.O.R.E. in addition to it’s business and business planning resources, the organization also provides a substantial selection of marketing and marketing planning materials.
Marketing Plan Guide – This downloadable 6 page document offers a 6 step process for designing a 12 month marketing strategy, complete with examples of marketing tactics, as well as cost to profit analysis you can use to determine ROI and profit.
Creating Your Marketing Plan – This is an online, on demand module of the (larger) online, on demand course, “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business.”
The S.C.O.R.E. “Quick Start Marketing Plan Tool” is a simple, fill in the blanks, application offered directly on the S.C.O.R.E. website. The app will ask you to answer 9 questions about your business marketing plan, and will then generate Marketing Plan Template you can download to your computer, as well as a “Quick Start Marketing Plan” customized for you according to the answers you provided.
The “Developing a Marketing Strategy for Your Start Up Business,” 1 hour webinar is also available on the S.C.O.R.E. website as another helpful resource you can use for developing your marketing plan.
Supplemental Materials For Creating Your Marketing Plan
The Marketing Plan tool and the templates provided by S.C.O.R.E. make the assumption that you’ve done your market research.
If you haven’t done that research yet, here are some additional resources S.C.O.R.E. offers on how to do market research…
- How to do Market Research article
- How to Conduct Market and Competitor Research For Your Business Plan – blog post
Your marketing plan is the most important part of your overall business plan. The marketing plan outlines how you will deliver the right sales message, to the right audience, at the right price, and at the right time.
With a well developed marketing plan, based on good market research, you will enjoy the confidence that comes from being able to reasonably predict the results you will get from your efforts.
Financial Plans, Templates, Tutorials and Guidance Materials
Few things are more frustrating to a budding entrepreneur than the ‘great unknown’ mysteries of the financial plan portion of a business plan.
Luckily, S.C.O.R.E. provides us with a number of helpful resources for this part of our business plan.
Financial Projections – the 4th Module of the “Simple Steps for Starting Your Business” online course on -demand, offers an explanatory overview of the Financial Plan aspect of your business plan.
The Business Planning & Financial Statements Template Gallery – in addition to the business and marketing plan templates already mentioned, features every financial form an entrepreneur needs to construct a viable Financial Plan.
In addition to these professional resources, the S.C.O.R.E. website delivers everything any entrepreneur could possibly need to succeed. You’ll easily find even more materials every entrepreneur needs to build a prosperous business. A simple search of the S.C.O.R.E. website will reveal a wealth of articles, blog posts, online courses, webinars and even live events designed to cater to the needs of entrepreneurs and their businesses.