6 Free Business Plan Templates For Present Day Use

Free modern business plan templates

There’s a popular saying that “failing to plan is planning to fail” which basically means if you don’t plan, you will fail. So, if you’re thinking of taking the right step of writing a business plan, here are some modern and contemporary templates for business plans that you could use for free. These templates are created to cater to a variety of industries with various designs and themes.

Business Plans Have Evolved

I’ve written over 20 business plans since 2003 and looking at the first few ones that I wrote tells me a lot about how the business world has changed. More businesses are starting up, which means more of them need funding and thus investors need to read more of these plans. More business plans to read means less time to read each plan (not forgetting more competition to win the investors’ money).

Comparison of old and new business plans
Comparison of old (left, 2005) and new (right, 2017) business plans that I wrote

So, the point is you need to keep your business plan “short and sweet” these days. But how short is short and how sweet is sweet? It depends on how or where you’re presenting your plan – via email, meeting at a lobby or at an event, presenting at meetings, pitching competition or some other occasions. Take a look at the different types of business plans shown below and how to use them.

Different types and uses of business plans

You want to keep your business plan coherent and concise. You don’t want to have too many versions of it – like one in Word document while the other in Powerpoint. Have a standard master copy while creating different versions of it.

Below is a list of business plan templates that are based on what I call present-day designs. All fonts used in the templates are free for commercial use.

Business Plan Template – Standard Style

Here’s a modern business plan template with a general theme. Suitable for any types of companies who are looking for a contemporary design. The content in the template is based on a fictitious company called Poogle. It offers 36 unique slides.

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Business Plan Template - Standard StyleTemplate design provided by Premast

 

Business Plan Template – Minimal Style

A business plan template with minimal design.  Suitable for companies who are looking for a simple contemporary look. This template contains 32 individual slides.

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Business Plan Template - Minimal Style

Template design provided by Hi Slide

 

Business Plan Template – Fashion Style

If you’re running a fashion related business, this template should be most suitable for you. It offers a classy and elegant look and feel which is also fitting for design related company. It has 26 different slides.

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Business Plan Template - Fashion Style

Template design provided by Elizaveta Timofeeva

 

Business Plan Template – Visual Style

This template emphasizes on the visuals of your business or product.  Most slides contain large image areas. Suitable for companies related to photography, graphics, illustration and design. This business plan template includes 23 unique slides.

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Business Plan Template - Visual Style

Template design provided by Just Free Slides

 

Business Plan Template – Windows Style

Here’s a modern template that borrows the design from Windows Phone.  This multi-colored theme is most suitable for young and creative companies. It contains 18 individual slides.

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Business Plan Template - Windows Style

Template design provided by Deasign

 

Business Plan Template – Elegant Style

This is a template with an elegant look and feel.  Suitable for companies in the fashion and design-related industries. This template offers 19 unique slides.

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Business Plan Template - Elegant Style

Template design provided by Hi Slide

 

If you’re looking to master your business plan writing skill to land an investment, you may enroll in our online course on how to write a great business plan in 2 hours. It guides you right from the start from understanding the true nature of a business plan to analyzing good and bad examples of business plans from established companies and startups.

If you have more templates to share, please let us know. If you have better ideas, please comment below.

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Melvin Wong is the Founder of Kodorra. He's an award-winning entrepreneur with global business experience in 17 countries covering U.S, Europe, Asia and South America. Melvin sold his online sports games company to an American/Japanese company in Los Angeles.

Having been a speaker, mentor and judge at numerous entrepreneurship events and competitions, Melvin embodies the “pay it forward” principle where he finds time to educate and assist upcoming entrepreneurs and professionals to be all they can be.

  

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