The Best Business Plan Software
The five programs that we have reviewed do more than just put your text and
numbers on paper. They help you think logically and methodically about
your business and what you are trying to accomplish. Most offer
suggestions and tips to think about as you assemble your plan. The
purpose of these packages is to bring together your plan into the
generally accepted format, while also helping you "sell" your business to
others. We have reviewed five of the top business plan software programs.
This type of software falls into two categories: template based, and full
interactive. We preferred the interactive packages, simply because it
made our job that much easier. Here are the packages that we reviewed:
Plan Write was the easiest to use and the most comprehensive package that
we reviewed. Even in the beginning questionnaire stage, the product leads
you intuitively through the thought processes necessary to beginning
working on your plan. The screen gives an explanation of each topic,
which they call a "Rationale" and an example, which you can either use to
seed your own ideas and phrases, or copy with one mouse click.
The real difference between Plan Write and the other packages that we
covered is in the financial information. Values are entered one at a
time, with an accompanying explanation. As you go through the process, a
summary spreadsheet appears and starts to make calculations and use
formulas based on what you have entered so far. If a value that you have
previously entered needs to be modified, just click on the summary
spreadsheet and the change will be reflected in the rest of the formulas.
This is a feature sorely lacking in the other packages that we reviewed.
|Also reviewed in this article:|
|Automate Your Business Plan|
|Business Plan Pro |
|Plan Write || || |