Is there any good software that can assist me in writing a business plan?


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My website is about "Crowdsourcing", a platform to make money or outsource your tasks, projects, problems,etc. www.tenxian.com. Is there any good software that can assist me in writing a business plan?

Marketing Website Business Plan

asked Feb 13 '10 at 11:27
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Steven
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The only one I have used is Business Plan Pro. It's pretty good with a ton of examples. Before you go off and write a business plan, you should check out this answer on the elements of a business plan. The discussion has a lot of useful information.

answered Feb 13 '10 at 12:40
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Jarie Bolander
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You don't need no software to write a business plan. Grab a book. There are even business plan samples and templates out there, just spend half an hour on Google.

answered Feb 14 '10 at 19:29
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Oleg Kokorin
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I agree with Oleg, just write one on your own. There are a lot of templates out there and you can adapt them for your needs. Do your financials in a spreadsheet and embed them into the word processing document to complete the plan.

One of the benefits of writing a business plan is that it gets you thinking about all facets of your business. Business planning software, by its very design, dumbs down the process so you don't have to think things through as much.

answered Feb 16 '10 at 05:37
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Scott K
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I've used Business Plan Pro and I liked it because it provided me with examples that sparked some ideas. They also walk you through each section. Another one is http://templatezone.com

answered Feb 16 '10 at 06:15
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Yasmine
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Who are you writing your business plan for? Your own team or investors? In either case you might want to avoid getting bogged down in a long paper document and instead focus putting together a set of slides that convey the key ideas. I like the recommendation of Sequoia Capital in which they recommend 15-20 slides:

http://www.sequoiacap.com/ideas

answered Feb 17 '10 at 16:00
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Fractal Guy
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