The market section of a business plan: Market size and trends

This section defines the total market size as well as the slice of the market your business will target. Use numbers as well as trend information to make a case for a viable current market and its growth potential.

After you define the total market, create a description of your target market by using geography, company size, business organization, lifestyle, sex, age, occupation, and other characteristics to describe the companies or consumers likely to buy your product or service. The market size example provided might help.

Tips

  • When discussing any market size, be sure to talk about factors affecting market growth - industry trends, socioeconomic trends, government policy, population shifts, and the like. Show how these trends will have a positive or negative impact on your specific business.
  • Remember to cite all sources for your data. This will prove that you've done your homework, and will assure the reader of your plan that your information comes from a reliable source. Also, state the credentials of the people providing this data. It is stronger to say "According to Acme Corp's market research study of the widget market..." than "A market researcher says...".


 

 

Business plan FAQs  Creating a business plan – part 1: Introductory elements  Creating a business plan – part 2: Business descriptionCreating a business plan – part 3: The market
Creating a business plan – part 4: Development and productionCreating a business plan – part 5: Sales and marketingCreating a business plan – part 6: ManagementCreating a business plan – part 7: Financials

 

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