Trading Business Plan

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There are many things to consider when creating a business plan for a trading company. Such companies often have stable financials, but require extensive investment. Pro Business Plans has worked with many trading companies to create custom business plans for investment. This article outlines what is included into the business plan and how it Is structured.

Trading Business Plan

A custom business plan for a trading firm will communicate what products will be traded, how they will be procured, and the process of importation. Some trading companies work with distributors, whereas others sell directory to customers or wholesale to retail buyer. The structure of your company will have a direct impact on your company’s profitability and risk level. These elements may be effectively communicated in the business model, marketing plan, and financial projections.

Business Model

The business model of a trading company depends upon several factors including the extent of the supply chain and what products will be sourced. For instance, some trading companies source directly from a single manufacturer. Others may source from many different manufacturers across several continents, each with a different part of the downstream supply chain. For instance, the company may import medical supplies using distributors and consumer disinfectant products directly to select retail location. When planning out your company’s strategy, consider the fee structure and revenue requirements when using distributors.




Marketing Plan

The marketing strategy of a trading company will depend upon the extent of the company’s operation. Some that trade a private label brand may need to invest into a branding strategy based on the market positioning of the company. They may also engage in marketing strategies to promote the brand and provide retailers with promotion discounts. If the trading company sells directly to consumers, such as including an Ecommerce website, it may also need to place a promotion strategy to sell products directly.




Financial Projections

The financial projections for a trading business plan that are for investors are structured over a three to five-year period. This may include the income statement, cash flow projections, and balance sheet. Important metrics for trading industry including gross margins and key expenses such as import brokers and administrative staff. Additional financial analysis may also be conducted in order to better present the risk and profitability potential such as a break-even analysis and output of the financial ratios. If the business plan is used for seeking investment, a valuation may also be created in order to propose the cost of capital.




What is Included in Our Custom Trading Business Plan?


  • Marketing Plan
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Competitive Analysis
  • Profitability Analysis
  • Personnel Plan
  • Organizational Chart
  • Company Valuation
  • Executive Summary
  • Company Description
  • Keys to Success
  • Three Year Objectives
  • Product or Service Description
  • Market Research
  • Fundraising Support
  • 12 Month & 3 Year Profit & Loss
  • 3 Year Balance Sheet
  • 12 Month & 3 Year Sales Forecast
  • 12 Month & 3 Year Cash Flows
  • Break-Even Analysis
  • Financial Ratio Analysis
  • Management Team

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