A friend -the person who donated their business plan for analysis in the Analyzing Business Plans series– sent me an apparel industry appropriate business template that he found. By the way, he has taken your criticisms (although some were a bit harsh) to heart which is why he thinks you all would appreciate knowing about the business template too.
You can buy the template from our neighbors next door at fashionincubator.com (the Toronto Fashion Incubator). I knew it was there and was going to buy it at one point just to see if it was any good but part of me was very prima-donna-ish, pouting that they should just send me one free since I’d be likely to broadcast it’s utility but then my psychologically-intact side said that TFI was a worthwhile organization, worthy of support so I should just pay the $27 CDN fee since I could afford it but by the time my inner evil twins duked it out, I forgot it was there. Therefore, thanks to our friend who sent me a copy for the purposes of review (whether I would recommend it), I’ve seen it and can whole heartedly and enthusiastically recommend it. Yes, please do rush out and buy it. I like it. I like it a lot.
There is one downside; it is specific to Canada. Dollar figures are Canadian dollars so adjust accordingly. I still think it’s worth buying for everybody in the lower 48. It doesn’t have everything in it but it has a lot. You won’t regret buying it. For those of you who don’t sew, and know nothing about costing the different operations that may be needed or anything like that, it won’t give you all the answers but you can use it as another road map toward finding more of the questions you don’t know enough to know that you should be asking. In other words, it’s almost a self teaching tool that could be useful in calculating operating costs and the like. For those who do know this stuff, it can serve as a checklist or reminder for things you may have forgotten.