Cons of using a business plan template. While there are benefits to using a business plan template, depending on your situation it may not be the best way to complete your plan. Tim Berry, president of Palo Alto Software Inc., responds to a reader seeking advice on finding a low-cost writer to help with a business plan. You start here, today, with certain resources and abilities. You want to get to a there, a point in the future (usually three to five years out) at which time your business will have a different set of resources and abilities as well as greater profitability and increased assets. Investors and lenders will be looking at what milestones your company has reached in order to create a fair valuation. Add your favorite articles, videos, podcasts, and more to your Queue so you can enjoy them anytime on any device. You can visit our small business encyclopedia to learn more about business plans or our FormNet area to get the necessary forms to get started.