PROS / The multi-license option allows your team to collaborate on your business plan.
CONS / This program doesn't have as many resources, such as investor identification or expert mentors, as other programs on our lineup.
VERDICT / Business PlanMaker is an effective choice for creating professional small business plans.
Business PlanMaker Professional has powerful document-creation tools for creating impressive and effective small business plans. This business writing software is especially useful for team collaboration since it comes with multi-license options so your entire team can work on your business plan together. Additionally, this business plan program has sample plans and templates for a variety of industries, including retail, construction, nonprofit and food services.
This business plan-writing program is designed to help you with your start-up. Business PlanMaker Professional guides you through the process of creating plans whether your purpose is to obtain funding, investment money or if it's only to determine the feasibility of your proposed business before investing further time and money into the venture.
The program itself is rather intuitive, though it has a very basic design without much visual appeal. The finished plans still look professional and can be impressive when presented to potential investors. You can import images and financial data to help create a plan that is uniquely yours. Additionally, Business PlanMaker has financial calculators that crunch numbers you provide as well as financial chart and graph generators, which convert your budget and projections into a colorful presentation.
This business plan software is one of the few programs we reviewed that includes an organizational chart builder to help you present the important members of your organization. When you are done writing your business plan, Business PlanMaker Professional allows you to save it as a Word document or print to a PDF.
Of the business plan software applications we reviewed, Business PlanMaker Professional doesn't include many of the extra resources that other programs offer. For instance, it doesn't provide experts to help you write your plan or provide pitch presentation guidance. For an extra fee, Business PlanMaker can connect you with a legal expert in your area. It also has a link to a network of investment information. However, this business plan writer doesn't connect you to market and financial databases such as the North American Industry Classification System, which other programs provide. But it does give you access to hundreds of books and publications you can check out for additional help with establishing and running your own business.
Business PlanMaker offers both telephone and email support. It includes video tutorials, user manuals and a FAQs section on its website.
While the interface is plain and the program doesn't offer the helpful research resources that other programs provide, Business PlanMaker is still a useful tool in writing your small business plan. The multi-license option allows you to collaborate with your entire entrepreneurial team so everyone can give useful feedback to make your new business venture a success.