Business planning

Business plan template

Key points in this article

  • Create your own business plan
  • Letting your business plan work for you

How to use the Small Business Hub business plan

This template will help you create your own business plan. We cover the main topics you should consider before you:

  • start your business
  • plan the growth of your existing enterprise
  • apply for finance
  • plan a feasibility study.

Create your own business plan with the help of our business plan template

Using your business plan template 

Start off by downloading the template and saving it locally so you can return to it later.

Consider it a guide

This template's a guide – some of the sections may not apply to your type of business. Work your way through the plan by filling in the empty boxes section by section, and feel free to add or remove sections if you need to.

This is your plan so go ahead and tweak it until it fits you and your business perfectly.

How the template works for you

We’ve designed the template to be as stress-free as possible, even if you haven’t used Microsoft Word much before. For instance, if you delete a section, the numbering of all the remaining sections will update on their own.

Also, the boxes you fill in will automatically expand as you’re typing if you need the extra space, without changing the rest of the table.

Your business plan template will work with you to make the experience a stress-free one

Adding a section

It’s easy to add a section and make it look the same as the rest of your business plan. Just highlight a line that has the formatting you’d like to copy, click on the paintbrush on the top left of the home page, then click on your new text.

Hey presto – it’ll look just like the section you’ve copied.

Keep or delete the guidance notes

Once you’re done with this introductory page, feel free to delete it. The same goes for the guidance notes and prompts we’ve included in italics throughout the template.

You can keep them, delete them or save them in another document to refer to another time – it’s entirely up to you.

Happy planning and good luck with your business!

Share your business plan with your advisors

We recommend you share your business plan with your business advisors or accountant, especially if you’re planning to use it to apply for business lending. 

Download the free ANZ Small Business Hub business plan template


Building your business plan

Open our interactive online Business Plan tool and start creating your business plan today.


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