Externally-focused plans draft goals that are important to outside stakeholders, particularly financial stakeholders.
These plans typically have detailed information about the organization or the team making effort to reach its goals.
This situation is complicated by the fact that many venture capitalists will refuse to sign an NDA before looking at a business plan, lest it put them in the untenable position of looking at two independently developed look-alike business plans, both claiming originality.
In such situations, one may need to develop two versions of the business plan: a stripped-down plan that can be used to develop a relationship and a detailed plan that is only shown when investors have sufficient interest and trust to sign a Non-disclosure agreement.
Banks are quite concerned about defaults, so a business plan for a bank loan will build a convincing case for the organization's ability to repay the loan.
Venture capitalists are primarily concerned about initial investment, feasibility, and exit valuation.
An internal operational plan is a detailed plan describing planning details that are needed by management but may not be of interest to external stakeholders.
Such plans have a somewhat higher degree of candor and informality than the version targeted at external stakeholders and others.
In its entirety, this document serves as a road map that provides direction to the business.
Business plans may be internally or externally focused.