Sometimes it takes a significant event or change in existing conditions for a business to create a written plan. I think it's safe to say that the state of the economy is a significant change that should prompt business owners to alter the way they've been doing things. If you already have a business plan, it's time to get it out and revise it.
Starting a business, whether online or offline is not exactly easy. There are so many things to think of and so many things to do. You have to have enough resources, a good venue, a market to capture and enough workforce to start with. And as if you need more, you also have to worry about licenses, complicated paper works and other permits.
No matter how great your idea is, most people expect that you have it written down. When I was new to inventing, I had no idea what that meant. I searched around but didn't find any universal format for documenting my ideas.
By sharing my insights and examples, I hope to help inventors like you develop your own material in order to effectively communicate and present your invention to the many different users within the invention process.