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The AP Business Plans Builder is a tool designed to help you build a business plan and track its progress.
Here’s how you can use the tool to find a business with a specific purpose and plan to make money.
The first step is to identify your business and how much money you need to get there.
If your business is a one-person operation, like a hardware store or a home-improvement shop, you need only a few dollars to get started.
If you have a family, a business, or a nonprofit, the figure is even lower.
You can then use the business plan to figure out how much you’ll need to build a profit, the percentage of your net sales that will be paid in cash, and the profit margin.
If you want to know how much a business will make over a certain number of years, it’s best to start by figuring out how many employees it will need to be profitable.
If the business is an apartment building, you might need as many as 12 employees to be competitive with other landlords.
For the purposes of this article, the Business PlansBuilder shows how much your business would make with $50,000 in sales and $50 million in net income if you had a payroll of $200,000.
For more business plan building advice, check out Business Plans Builders and Business Plans Guide.
This story originally appeared on the AP website.