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Business Plan Software: The Pros and Cons

When creating a business plan, google searches will reveal software, both to install or use over a website, which can assist in the process. Business plan software can assist many entrepreneurs unfamiliar with business plan format to create their plan more quickly. However, weigh the pros and cons of using business plan software for your situation.

The Pros

A well-made business plan software program can take the raw material of your ideas and numbers and arrange these into a standard business plan template. This can be an incredible timesaver, especially to create pro format financial statements for the company. Your knowledge of the accounting that goes into financial statements can be very limited in this case, as the software should talk you through what you need to decide and then generate the statements automatically.

A good piece of software should offer some ability to customize the look of the plan and to use terms specific to the type of company (product or service, consumer or business sales, etc.) It should allow you to edit the narrative to improve the wording if it is generated automatically.

The Cons

At the end of the day, the integrity of the narrative of the plan and the logic of the ideas within rely on you and only you. As the saying goes, "garbage in, garbage out". If you are uncertain about the feasibility of your basic concept, how to research the market opportunity, or where to find your startup costs, you need expert help from a business plan consultant or a partner with a more business acumen. If you don't know what you are doing with the company, business plan software will only help you write a plan faster, but can't make your launch successful or improve your chances of raising funds.

Furthermore, the ability of any piece of software to customize your plan will be limited to a certain extent. Software may also offer a basic version and a premium version in an attempt to hook users at a low price and then up-sell them when they realize they cannot make basic changes to the look or content of the plan. Look out for these types of arrangements and evaluate the success real clients have had finding funding with plans produced by the software to know if it is worthy.

Keep reading our help articles to learn even more about how to format a business plan.

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OR, We Can Develop Your Plan For You

Our professional business plan consultants can create your entire business plan for you. We will make sure your business plan is sound and ready for investors so you can continue to focus on running your business.

To speak with a Growthink business plan consultant, call 800- 506-5728 or complete the form below.


Thank you very much for all of your hard work. We are very pleased with the final result of the business plan and the PowerPoint - say congratulations on a job well done and that you can use us a reference for any future clients. We will definitely look to utilize Growthink's services in the future as we build our company.

Bryan Langslet

Without Growthink’s professional help, we would never have been able to create an effective business plan. Growthink not only did deep research on our business environment, but its representatives also listened to us and refined their analysis to include what we had found out through experience. We would recommend Growthink to any start-up business which does not have a professional business plan developer on staff!

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