Essential Sources: Business Plans Handbook

I know, I know….it’s been so long since I added a post to the Essential Sources series that you forgot all about it, right? Well, here’s an excellent source to talk about to get back into the swing of things!

Business Plans Handbook is great for anyone trying to write their own business plan, marketing plan, or wants to find out how a particular kind of business is set up and how it makes money. It’s a collection of almost 300 actual real life business plans used by actual real life entrepreneurs that you can search by type of business. Interested in opening a consulting business? How about a janitorial services company? What about an online business? You can find business plans for all these kinds of companies in the Business Plans Handbook!

The best part about this title is that we have access to it not only as a printed reference book in the Business Center collection, but we also have it as an e-book, which means you can look at it right now over the Web! You don’t need an e-book reader, just a web browser with Adobe Acrobat Reader. All you have to do is to head over to the Business & Investment section of the Resource Tools on the library website, find the Business Plans Handbook, and click “In library” or “Home Access” depending on where you are.

Like all our databases, you’ll need your library card number to access it, but once you log in, it’s super easy to use. Just enter words that describe the type of business you’re interested in & click Search. The plans are in PDF format, so you get to see it exactly as it was published in the print version. Easy! Next time you need to look at a sample business plan, check out Business Plans Handbook! I’m sure you’ll be glad you did.

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Whether you're interested in starting, improving, or expanding a small business, Charleston County Public Library's Business Center has the resources you need to achieve your goals.
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2 Responses to Essential Sources: Business Plans Handbook

  1. H Kirkwood says:

    Are you aware that much of the Business Plans handbook series is online fulltext for free? See



  2. Librarylion says:

    That’s really good to know! Sometimes people need to find business plan information right away, but don’t have their library card number handy. This site makes a nice workaround in that instance. 🙂 also offers some good free business plans online, come to think of it.


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