It is All in the Plan
Just a decade ago, preparing a business plan involved a lot of drudgery. No longer. Now, a rich variety of software tools can help guide you though the process. In this article we look at six products that do everything from helping you summarize your business goals to projecting revenues and profits. They can show you examples of successful business plans and help you find potential problems in your plan before it ever hits the desk of a lender or investor. All of the products discussed here can guide you through the planning process. The principal differences between products are the additional software they require (only Plan Write is truly stand-alone) and whether they organize primarily financial or narrative information....
Plan Write is a sparkling Windows product that includes a full-powered word processor (complete with spelling checker) and business plan outliner, along with an integrated spreadsheet-charting module. With such helpful features as a business term glossary and advice for various elements of your plan, you should be able to prepare every document you need from within Plan Write. Of all the products in this group, its final report most closely meets the criteria experts define as critical. At $129.95, it's our top choice.