Planning Ahead

Bizplanbuilder Interactive

Jian Tools for Sales' BizPlan-Builder Interactive provides an interactive framework to guide you through writing a plan. When you begin a new project, BizPlan-Builder's Power Prompt interface asks you for such information as your name, address and previous experience. Expert tips advise you how to complete the prompts, and sample responses are a click away.

While you enter the details in the right-hand panel, a plan outline called Project Navigator appears in the left-hand panel. Click on any part of the plan, and its contents appear in the right-hand panel. You can expand a section to show its subsections or drag-and-drop it to a new location in the outline.

When you click on Financial Plan, you get a series of worksheets that allow you to specify your working capital and other financial considerations. Plug in your estimates, and the totals and percentages are calculated automatically.

When you're ready to print, the program's Automatic Project Assembly creates a cover page, a table of contents and numbered pages with financial tables and charts. You can customize the plan in built-in word processor and spreadsheet modules. An export option lets you edit your plan in applications such as Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel.

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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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