Creating a business plan is a smart move for just about any budding entrepreneur/business owner. You want your business to be a success, so it only makes sense that you plan for success in the first place. Below, we have some quick business plan pointers that will help you to improve your overall presentation if you are presenting your plan using PowerPoint. Take a look and see what you can do to improve:
Making A Business Plan On PowerPoint
Let’s review, slide by slide, how to create a business plan PowerPoint presentation. You might want to look at how to write business plan in more detail before starting this project.
Slide 1: This slide should provide the name of the business, your name, title and contact information, as well as a slogan if you have one. During the presentation, you can read the slide and then add in a sentence that describes what it is you do.
Slide 2: introduce a problem that is relatable to your target market. Statistics can help you support what you are saying, but don’t use too many.
Slide 3: talk about your solution, described briefly in simple terms. Define your unique approach and what makes you different.
Slide 4: let’s talk money. How will increase revenue? Who are your customers? What pricing structure have you decided on?
Slide 5: Next you will want to outline your business process. How does your business work? Is it self service or personal service? Have a second, visual slide to show how it works so that your viewers can easily understand what you are saying.
Slide 6: Talk about your marketing on this slide. Briefly explain how you plan to market your business and give a few specifics. Don’t just say ‘internet’. Show you've done some research and perhaps even on companies you’d like to work with.
Slide 7: Now it’s time to show that you’ve done your due diligence on any competition out there. Politely mention your competitors. What gives you the edge over them? Do not be rude, as it looks unprofessional. Demonstrate with your slides and your presentation that you have done your research.
Slide 8: Now introduce your team and highlight each member’s background with one line.
Slide 9: Present a clear financial projection with a three-to-five-year forecast on this slide. Don’t forget to explain your methods so they know how you came to this conclusion.
Slide 10: Describe where you are right now. What have you done so far and how will you move forward from this point?
Ten slides is a good amount for your presentation. Ideally, you’ll use a maximum of 12 slides when creating a PowerPoint presentation. Remember, what you say that isn’t presented on the slides will help you out a lot.
- Less is more
- Only use as much material as people can digest.
- Don’t focus on too much technology.
- Take a breath between slides.
- Slides should be easy to digest with lots of white space, but your comments should give a deeper explanation.
- Don’t use industry jargon that not everybody will understand.