Your Products or Services
Adapted from content excerpted from the American Express® OPEN Small Business Network
Describe each of your products or services with a particular focus on how it will be used. Go into as much detail as necessary for the reader to get a real flavor for what you are selling. What are the applications and the end uses? Underscore the specific features or variations that your products have.
Stress Your USP
Be sure to emphasize your USP - Unique Selling Proposition. Your USP is the proprietary information that sets your product or service apart from your competition. If you are using your business plan to solicit funds, this is what your reader will want to see. If it is an internal document, your USP will be critical to your sales and marketing strategies. Without a USP, your product or service will appear drab and there will be no compelling reason for people to buy it.
What would some USPs be? For a food product, it could be a proprietary recipe (like Kentucky Fried Chicken's secret recipe) or a special way the food is served (like Boston Market's hand-carved turkey). OXO Good Grips, a maker of kitchen gadgets, set itself apart by using ergonomically designed grips and handles on all its products. Tower Records' USP would be its broad selection of all types of music and its knowledgeable floor staff. Take a look at the Sample Product Description for more details.
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