So you’ve got a great idea for a company. It’s all there in your head. But until you put it in a business plan, it’s only great to you.
So you’ve got a great idea for a new business. It’s all there in your head. But until you put it in a business plan, it’s only great to you. You just need the time and resources to make a business plan happen, but your best quick bet is a business plan-generating app. It can help you get your plan on paper and, ideally, off the ground.
A number of apps simplify the tedious, often complicated process of crafting a thorough bank and investor-ready business plan. With the help of these apps, you provide the information, it organizes said info into a plan, and hopefully you'll be in business (literally).
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Here's a look at four apps that can help get your business plan rolling:
This all-in-one web app walks you through every step of creating a traditional business plan. Here's how it works: Based on the data you enter into the app, Enloop automatically generates sales, profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheet projections for you, complete with explanatory graphs and other compelling visual elements. Enloop also provides standard, yet customizable business plan text for each section of your plan, including portions focused on key company information and financial data.
Enloop's Free & Easy option includes a single custom business plan packaged in a clean, professionally formatted PDF file that you can download, print and share. More fully featured paid versions range from $9.95 a month to $39.95 a month and allow you to make multiple business plans. Enloop is only web-based and not yet available for mobile devices.
Alex Glassey, who designed this iPad-only app, describes it as "a strategic-planning app that helps entrepreneurs with the thinking and decision-making process." StratPad can be a smart choice for people who are writing their first-ever business plan. It is packed with several free how-to tools for beginners, including a 58-page business strategy tutorial, view-on-demand training videos, email-based customer service, and more.
A free basic StratPad edition is available for students. Paid, one-time fee plans range from $9.99 to $54.99. The more you pay, the more advanced business plan options you get. The easy-to-use app guides users through a series of simple questions and prompts. Your answers are used to develop a summary business plan, complete with revenue projections and full-color graphs and charts.
Business Plan Premier
This $7.99 iPad app does double-duty for users who are eager to have their business plan funded fast. Not only does Business Plan Premier help you organize and write your business plan at an extremely detailed level, it also enables you to present your finished plan to more than 3,000 high net worth potential investors, who are also members of investment research firm Ben Stein & Accredited Members Inc.
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Business Plan Premier leads you through writing your prospective company's vision and mission statements, product descriptions and marketing plans. You can also use it to complete competitive and SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis, outline your management scheme, identify your startup expenses, define your target market and more depending on your needs.
Your completed business plan is exported as a Microsoft Word document that you can edit, print, email or upload to Dropbox.
Business Plan for Android by Google Play
This business plan app boasts 100,000+ downloads and over 23,000+ people who already created their business plans on this app. It teaches you how to think about each section of a business plan, and empowers you to not only create a great business plan, but also start your small business or startup the best way possible.
A few standout features:
- Create your business plan privately or with friends and business partners.
- Walk through tutorials for every section of a typical business plan.
- Download your business plan to email for free.
- Tap into an online community and get business planning help.
- YouTube videos and podcasts on topics of startups, and creating a small business.
Learn more about Business Plan for Android by Google Play