Business PlanMaker Professional Review
1000+ sample plans, no spreadsheets, huge resources
Not completely offline, most plans based on US businesses.
A decent business planning software that has the basics right in place, with good number of resources.
Business PlanMaker™ Professional is a well-intended and planned
software solution that works for entrepreneurs, managers and planning
professionals in creating quality and advanced business plans.
Considering the needs that surround business owners and aspiring
professionals today, the software brings all kinds of reports and charts
for making the right financial projections and ensuring the
complexities are kept at bay.
PlanMaker Professional is the latest available software from the
makers, although there was a Business PlanMaker Professional Deluxe
version released in 2009. Of course, the latest version comes for an
escalated price, but has a lot more features and add-ons that justify
the entire hoopla around the software.
Features At a Glance
many software solutions, Business PlanMaker Professional 12 doesn’t
come in spreadsheets, and thus there are no formulas, complications and
calculations that need to be dealt with. There are around 1000+ Samples,
ensuring that no one has to start from the scratch. Each plan has been
designed by professionals, as per the makers, and therefore, there is
something for all kinds of businesses and models.
Easiness In Use
The instructions are in English with a lot of advice at every step with added hints to simplify business planning tasks. There are also additional examples that are offered at every step by the interactive wizard. Some questions are attached in the software, which will help the entrepreneur in deciding on the business plan. Additionally Step-by-Step guide is also available.
Good Number of Financial Tools & Formats
Business PlanMaker Professional 12 has been designed to ensure financial projections remains easy, and there are ample tested financial tools that come loaded with the software. This aids in all kinds of financial planning, including cash flow, sales forecast and expenses.
Unlike many of the other software solutions, this one lets the user to decide on the format of the plan. One can print and email the complete plan as needed or can create the same in Word, Excel and PDF formats for presenting to lenders. There are also additional tools that help in financial accuracy check of the plan and find the sections or areas that need attention or further work.
Updated Customizable Plans And Entrepreneurial Library
All the plans in the software and the templates have been done by professional plan writers who know the quality required for modern business plans. There is essential information running into more than 20 pages that are available for each plan. Customization options have been added for all plans included with the software. There is also an “Entrepreneurial Library” that includes many unique start-up resources and planning tips that will help in getting funds and pitching right to the investors.
Funding, Legal, Incorporation, Website, Marketing & Trends
For funding needs, one can also have sources to access venture capital groups, banks and other institutions for easy and wider approval. Also, here are added resources on legal structures, for helping businesses deal with legal issues that crop during and after the startup. There is also ample help and guide on incorporating the business along with checks on common things that matter in getting the business started.
Keeping the industry needs and market trends in mind, the software also brings latest trend reports along with added business resources for starting the website of the planned business. There is also expert advice and additional marketing tools that are designed to ensure that business grows in line with the plans and estimates. In short, Business PlanMaker Professional 12 has over 750 resources, which are designed to bring the best help for planning the business right.
PlanMaker Professional has lot on the offer, however we also saw many
negative reviews about usage and installation related issues on various
retailer sites and forums.
Business Planning Software Features
Charts & Graphs