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Tools Make Creating Business Plans Easy

From the Editor's Desk
Jan 15th, 2015
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    1Templates offer a structure you can work from. 2Software helps with research and connections. 3Services give you the advantage of expert guidance.
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Business Plans

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If creating a business plan from scratch sounds overwhelming, you’re not alone. A variety of helpful business plan tools have been created to help you get those brilliant concepts out of your head and onto paper.

In the article “Business Plan Startup Tools for Startups and Small Businesses,” Sara Angeles lists some of the great options available to get a great business plan done, painlessly.

The article describes four categories of business plan tools:

  1. Templates
  2. Software
  3. Apps
  4. Services

 

1. Templates

Business plan templates include both:

a) sample plans you can copy and modify, and
b) fill-in-the-blank plans

There are a variety of types of plans to choose from with different purposes: for presenting to investors, for finding business partners, etc.

Recommended Templates:

  • The $100 Startup One-Page Business Plan
    “Think of it like writing down your business on a napkin, but with a purpose,” she says.
  • SCORE Business Plan Templates
  • Bplans
  • The Rocket Lawyer Business Plan

 

2. Software

Business plan software is a more comprehensive approach. Software gives you the ability to gather the necessary data to plug into the various parts of your plan, all under one platform.

Recommended Software:

  • Business Plan Pro 
  • BizPlan Builder

 

3. Apps

Business plan apps give you the freedom to do all of this when you’re not behind a desk–while working in a coffee shop, commuting on the train, lying in bed with your tablet, etc.

Recommended Apps:

  • StartPad
    Compatible with Apple
  • Business Plan & Start Startup
    Compatible with Android

 

4. Services

Online business plan services are for those who want to receive hands-on input from experts as you craft your plan. Similar to the business plan software, they additionally provide guidance from specialists.

Recommended Services:

  • Liveplan 
  • SBA Business Plan Tool


To view the original article in its entirety, please visit BusinessNewsDaily.

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