For anyone seeking outside funding for business purposes, a business plan is absolutely vital, as it shows investors and lenders why they should believe that your company will succeed. If you intend to start a textile manufacturing company, a textile business plan is particularly important because getting going will require that you have more working capital than many less manufacturing-intensive businesses. Carefully write your business plan and use it to preempt questions and concerns that investors and lenders could have. Clothing business plan templates should be available through a number of online sources.
The Executive Summary
In any business plan, the Executive Summary should come first. This summary details everything in the other sections, summing the entire business plan up in the simplest terms. Write it in such a way that a reader can get all of the most vital information from each of the other sections. Even though it is the first section in the business plan, it is usually best to write the Executive Summary last.
Overall Company Description
Give a basic description of your company. Tell where it is located, what types of fabrics it will manufacture and where you intend to sell them. Write out the company's objectives and a brief explanation of how it will achieve those objectives. Name the key personnel in the company and tell how they are particularly qualified to operate a business in the textile manufacturing industry.
Industry and Competitive Analysis
Analyze the textile industry. This may require you to purchase an industry analysis report from a market research firm. Look at why other textile manufacturing businesses are or are not common in your market. If they are common, tell how you will be able to compete with existing operations.
If they are not common, tell how you will overcome the barriers that have impeded others. Describe any textile business opportunities that you see. Tell why this is a good industry and market to be in – how you will utilize your position in this market to make key alliances with companies that provide raw materials and with key customers, such as large clothing manufacturing companies.
Marketing and Sales Strategy
Detail where you plan on selling your textiles. As a manufacturer, you will be dealing with intermediary sellers more than with the general public, so direct business-to-business sales will be more important than general marketing and advertising. Tell how you plan to identify, contact and work with potential wholesale customers, such as manufacturers of clothing, blankets, furniture and other products that might use your fabrics.
Operations, Management and Organization
Describe how your manufacturing center will work. Give a description of your supply chain, detailing where your raw materials will come from and how you will turn them into the end product that you will sell. Tell how many employees you will have and map out the company structure, showing the responsibilities of various parties involved with the manufacturing and handling of the materials and with the management of employees. As textile manufacturing companies tend to have a large number of workers, this is a very important part of your plan.
Financial History and Projections
Take the information you have displayed in the other sections and display the numerical data specific to it. If your company has a history of success, show that success by displaying the profits of past years. Detail your projected costs and revenues for the next three to five years by taking into account employee wages, utility payments, shipping payments, raw material costs and other costs such as business insurance. Show that the company will be able to survive even in a worst-case scenario (if it can) by underestimating profits and overestimating expenditures.
- "The Successful Business Plan"; Rhonda Abrams; 2003
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