Small business owners and entrepreneurs often shy away from business plans, because they may seem too complicated. But, without a business plan, you may not be able to receive financing and you may lose sight of your goals. That said, you may learn that you do not need a plan or that your plan does not need to be complicated. How do you learn what’s best for you?

The following links are categorized by sample plans, articles, business sites and sites for entrepreneurs, and they all offer free resources for business plans, templates and models. They also offer reasons to build a business plan (or not), and some sites even offer free advice in person or by phone. The links within each category are listed alphabetically by article title or by website name.

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The business world is fast-paced and competitive. In order to be successful, you need to be able to keep up and adapt to changes in the field. While it isn’t always necessary to have a formal education, it can be very helpful. Having a degree in business, finance, accounting or another related field can open many doors throughout your career. In addition to an education, it can also be helpful to get different views and ideas from a variety of other sources. We often learn the most through observation. The internet offers a host of information for those interested in working in business. There are many knowledgeable bloggers who can help you learn what you need to in order to supplement your business education. This list offers 50 great bloggers, who offer insight into business school, management, leadership, entrepreneurship and more:

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