Why do you need a business plan? A business plan is the first step in starting a new business. Besides having business cards and a marketing plan it is essential for a business owner to know what, how and where his, or her, product will be sold and to research the demographics. Business planning software programs make the job much easier. We will look at the best software programs available to help create the best path for your business opportunity.
Business Plan Pro
Business Plan Pro, created by PaloAlto Software, is a leader in the field of business planning software. You can purchase the standard edition at the low cost of $99.95. It contains over 500 samples of the best business plans and guides you step by step in the process. If you want to take the process much farther you can get the premier edition for $199.95. The premier edition allows you to import your Excel spreadsheets into the program. business evaluation tools, cash flow and multi-year planning so you can plot your next moves.
ConceptWeb by NextCom Evolution is another business plan software program that’s among the best. This program has all the tools to create a great business plan. The board system gives you an impressive way to present your plan. The software allows for you to plan the layout of your operation, future planning, and work planning of your daily routine. With such a detailed plan you can expect better results than your competition. Especially good for franchises, chains, department and retail stores. Priced by monthly subscription depending on the plan you need.
Biz Plan Builder 9.0
If you are on a limited budget Biz Plan Builder 9.0 business plan software may be your best option. It can be downloaded for free as shareware. The license is build on the upgrade for $49.9 which is recommended for support. Get your plan moving quick and easy. You get sample plans, financial planning and access to many Internet resources. The process is simplified so most anyone can understand how to create the best business plan.
Plan Write Business Planner
Plan Write Business Planner helps beginners or professionals create an all inclusive business plan. It has linking capability to a word processor and spreadsheet and access to samples and other tools via the Internet. You can export to MS Office Word, Excel, Powerpoint. It has PDF and Internet published ability and can be customized. This business planner has too many options to list, and an on line demo is available. A great bargain for $129.95.
OpenOffice or MS Office
The best way to create a business plan may be to use software you already have. Using templates in your word processor and spreadsheet program is a tried and true method. The main draw back is not having the same help features the other business plan software programs give you. By purchasing Klariti’s Business Plan Template you get a 40 page template in MS Word and 10 pages for Excel. This template will guide you to developing the best business plan for only $9.99. When you consider the cost of OpenOffice is free and has the ability of importing and exporting MS Office docs this could be the best software option of all.
The success of a small or home business depends on having the best business plan software and putting the right information into one place. A business plan gives you a good indication of the possibilities of your business’ success. Financial institutions are loaning money to very few business startups in today’s economic environment. This reality means that having a business plan is even more important. Most financiers and venture capitalists will not consider any type of financial backing if you haven’t created a business plan.
Sources: Personal Experience by helping small business owners