Look and feel of business plan


How important do you think is the graphics and font selection when writing a business plan and or marketing materials for investors.
What conventions should one follow?

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asked Jan 19 '11 at 02:04
Mat Banik
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I would go with Times New Roman or Arial, size 12. Studies have shown that those two font types are one of the easiest to read. But, I don't think it matters much, unless you pick some crazy font that's really hard to read. The content of your business plan is more important.

answered Jan 19 '11 at 02:30
Zuly Gonzalez
9,194 points


For font choice, you just want to choose a standard font such as Arial, Times, or Palatino. As long as you don't go with Comic Sans, you should be OK.

Images, charts & graphs, and other illustrations are very important components of your business plan. Remember, most people who read your plan will actually just skim it and only read the details of sections that they are most interested in. Images will help you communicate large amounts of information quickly for people that are quickly flipping through your plan.

For example, you should be sure to have charts that show your sales and expense forecasts as well as your profitability. A cash flow chart is also critical. You could also use flow charts to show how your product gets to market or what your customer acquisition funnel looks like.

Of course, including images of your product is always extremely helpful.

At the end of the day, though, don't spend a ton of time polishing the visual appearance of your plan. Focus on making sure the content is great and that it can be easily consumed. Save your time to work on a prototype of your product so you can demo that to investors. A great demo or prototype is worth much more than a beautiful business plan.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 08:31
Noah Parsons
81 points


Agree with Zuly. The font type will not matter as much as the message you are carrying. Also, consider the tone of your business and your branding as that may affect the font choice.

answered Jan 24 '12 at 07:57
Sang Lee
1 point

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