I recommend the following business plan info from the SBA:
Remember the 5P Principle! ("Proper planning prevents poor performance.")
If anyone has a great business idea...or one you're not quite sure about...don't be afraid to post your questions in this forum.
Many people considering the switch from salaried employee to small-business owner think that a business plan is just something you have to show to a bank in order to get a loan. (Indeed, that's what most plans are.) What most people fail to realize is that a properly constructed business plan is also an "action plan" for your business to follow in the pursuit of "success".
In my experience, you not only need "a" business plan, you need "two" business plans--one for you, and one for the bank. (The kind of business plan most banks would go for is usually a disaster in the real world.) The depth of thought and energy that go into preparing a proper (i.e. strategically sound) business plan will help you to clarify your goals and priorities...and the finished product will help you to determine the "viability" of your business concept.