Business plan software packages are an increasingly popular choice for entrepreneurs who are tasked with creating a high quality business plan in a short period of time.
There are a lot of business plan options on the market, but these are the four we think should be on the short list when it's time to create your next business plan.
Business Plan Pro (www.paloalto.com)
Business Plan Pro is a very popular business plan software solution. The majority of users are startup companies who enjoy Business Plan Pro's easy-to-use format. Users simply answer a series of straightforward questions and the software guides them through a step-by-step planning process that results in a professional business plan in the format preferred by banks, lenders, and the SBA. With endorsements from the likes of Guy Kawasaki, the Wall Street Journal, and Inc.com, it's hard to see how you can go wrong with Business Plan Pro.
BizPlan Builder (www.jian.com)
BizPlanBuilder cuts through the complexity of business plan creation with a step-by-step process based on ready-to-revise documents. Instead of creating a business plan from scratch, you can select one of BizPlan Builder's proven business plan templates and tailor it to your company. BizPlan Builder gives you the ability to start from scratch if want to, but its real strength is that it lets you choose from simple financial statements or full-blown models with unlimited flexibility to refine your plan.
PlanWrite's software also gives users a template-based approach to business plan creation and the ability to customize your plan to your company. Program features include125 real plans for virtually every kind of business, 10,000 business graphics, and 500 TrueType fonts. According to PlanWrite, this software is a great fit for both product- and service-oriented companies as well as web-based businesses who will benefit from the actual sample plans of successful Internet companies.
Bizplan is a web-based business plan solution that helps entrepreneurs create and share business plans on-line. With Bizplan you get a secure, online tool that guides you through the business plan creation process in much the same way as its offline counterparts. The advantage is that it's highly portable and your entire team can work on a single plan at their convenience. If online business solutions are your things, Bizplan is the way to go.