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Business Plan Table of Contents

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Definition

Business planning involves the business plan writing.  A table of contents is a pictorial presentation of the contents of your business plan. The contents are arranged as they appear within business plans. Usually, most MS Word software automatically inserts your table of contents into your selected segment.    

Purpose

The table of contents section in your business plan proposal serves a number of important roles.  Some major functions include:

  • Giving your readers a quick view of how your business plan is organised
  • Enabling your audiences to manoeuvre through your business plan 

Major Prerequisites

Your business plan needs to follow certain key principles that help you to effectively create a table of contents section. Some important codes include:    

  • Properly numbered business plan pages
  • Appropriately formatted headings and subheadings  

Numbered Pages

By numbering each page of your business plan, you set a good basis for creating your table of contents section.  With numbered pages, all you need to do is automatically insert the table of contents segments into your business plan. The respective page numbers of the different business plan sections shoe on the table of contents section.  

Heading and Subheading Formatting

After writing your business plan content, you need to sequentially and systematically format the various headings and subheadings.  Such an initiative enables your audiences to easily make out the various segments of your business plan. You need to select a particular heading or subheading and then choose the suitable heading from the headings menu. This way, you make inserting the table of contents section effective. The software automatically arranges the various headings and subheadings in an ordered version within the table of contents segment.    

Process

Your process of creating the table of contents section of your business plan will be facilitated by successful completion of the 2 key prerequisite steps mentioned in the preceding paragraph.  This means that your business plan pages need to be numbered in a chronological manner. In addition, your headings and subheadings needs to be properly formatted.     

Having done these prerequisite tasks, you then follow the below steps:

  • Create a blank page after the executive summary section
  • Label this page as the Table of Contents page
  • Select ‘Insert’ on the top placed Formatting menu on your computer screen
  • Select the Reference’ tab
  • Choose the ‘Index and Tables’ tab
  • Select the ‘Ok’ tab

The table of contents is a significant preliminary section within your business plan proposal.  It is a crucial business planning tool. This section enables your readers to understand how you have organised your business plan. In addition, the table of contents section enables your audiences to move through business plans with ease.  So as to effectively create and populate your tan le of contents section, you need to undertake two major prerequisite tasks. Firstly, you need to appropriately and sequentially number your business plan pages.  These page numbers will be featured in your table of contents section.  Your audiences can thus easily flip through your business plan.  In addition, while undertaking business plan writing, you need to suitably format the headings and subheadings of your business plan.  This formatting gives your business plan a systematic appearance. Your reader can thus perceive the different sections and subsections of your business plan.

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