Create a better business plan with the following helpful resources and software applications.
The U.S. Small Business Administration provides business plan basics.
Business Plan Tutorial
This multimedia online tutorial from CIT Small Business Lending Corporation explains what should be included in your business plan.
Sample Business Plans
Read some award-winning business plans. You will likely pick up on more than one good idea you can incorporate in your plan.
Planware offers business planning software tools, some free and some for trial use.
Business Plan Pro
PaloAlto Software offers Business Plan Pro and other related applications that can kick-start the creation of your own business plan.
Business Resource Software sells PlanWrite software to create business and marketing plans.
JIAN BizPlanBuilder works with Microsoft Word and Excel (required) to create your business plan. It includes sample business plans, built-in financials, and Web resources.
PlanMagic offers several business plan creation applications including specialty versions for verticals such as construction, bar, restaurant, bed and breakfast, hotel, and resort.
Venture Planning System Pro
Venture Planning System Pro is an Internet-based service from Advantage Venture Systems that lets you log in and create a business plan on its subscription-based system. A 10-day free trial with restricted capabilities is available.
Business Planner Pro
Planium’s Business Planner Pro lets you create a business plan, including financials, while analyzing feasibility and risks and exploring several scenarios. It requires Excel 2003 and Microsoft Word 2003.
SAP sells the Business Objects line of sophisticated business strategic and financial planning software.