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Planning Ahead

Create your blueprint for success with business plan software.

When John O'Hara sought a loan to expand his Los Angeles business, John O'Hara's Pool Service, he hired a consultant to write a business plan. Instead of spending hundreds of dollars, he could've written the plan himself with a simple computer program. Today's business plan software does everything but drop the results in the mailbox. It guides you through the planning process, organizes your data according to a standard model, formats the text and prints out a polished product.

This month, we look at two of the leading business plan programs.

Robert Schmidt is a computer and business writer in Culver City, California.

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This article was originally published in the January 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Planning Ahead.

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