the best apps for a successful business plan

Tedious and too formal, unsuited to the business world and the responsiveness of the markets, the business plan has received much criticism. However, it is the main support for setting up a project and the essential tool for dialogue with funders. Focus on 5 new Web apps that offer you intuitive and quick tools to create a business plan… without the flaws of a business plan!

FISY to establish your financial discounts as in Excel

FISY does not offer you the assembly of your entire business plan, but only the part of the financial investors and the economic model (all the same!). The tool is Excel-based; it is free and quite easy to use. All you have to do is quantify the concrete elements of your project for the forecast tables to be created. In a few clicks, you simulate different scenarios and opt for the most laudable economic model, without having to go through many round trips with your accountant to finalize your tables. The tool is ultimately a significant time and money saver in the business creation phase. Note that FISY offers two versions: “Fisy Essentiel” is the simplified model and “Fisy Innovation” is the model adapted for innovative projects or those requiring a more advanced financial approach.
Fizy is a tool available for download.

My Business to address aspects specific to your business sector

My Business you offer preformatted business plan models according to the sector of activity you are targeting. The functionality is ingenious since some professions have made it possible to address specificities that others do not have (in particular financial, concerning borrowers in terms of purchase and inventory management, for example). The tool therefore allows you to set up your project, step by step, from the presentation of the concept to the finances sought, in a relatively personalized way to your constraints. The encrypted component is interesting and rather easy to handle. My business also includes a task manager and it is collaborative. Your associates can add their items, wherever they are and in real time.
My business is available on the Web, with a subscription of 3.25 euros per month for 5 versions of your business plan. A free application allows you to test a single business plan model and then export it (only in PDF).

IzyPitch to get an ultra pro business plan in just one hour

The startup IzyPitch announces that it can “freeing entrepreneurs from the drudgery of the business plan”. Their tool is actually quick and easy to use. You fill out a form interactive (about an hour if you have all your elements) to obtain a financial forecast over 3 to 7 years in PDF format, ultra complete (about thirty pages) integrating charts and strategic summary tables of your business model (intermediate management balances, cash, etc.). A “definition” section helps you understand and assimilate this financial data. Finally, you can change your assumptions for one year from your registration.
The icing on the cake: IzyPitch is not limited to financial data. It also provides you with the presentation of your project including the description of the founding team, the market study (competition, SWOT matrix) and your commercial strategy.
Count 39 euros excluding tax for the presentation file and 89 euros excluding tax for the financial file.

LivePlan to build your business plan from A to Z

LivePlan is a world reference in terms of business plan. Graphics, data analysis, infographics… The tool pulls out all the stops to help you put together a hyper-professional and visually attractive business plan. It integrates real-time financial data management tools. You thus generate a forecast and change it as you see fit as you progress. You can even get a financial evaluation of your business model and an “infographic” type presentation of the project for your executive summary (the summary introduction to your business plan; hook for funders).
LivePlan is available on the Web includes a subscription of 11.66 dollars per month (version intended for small and medium businesses). Its English-speaking interface does not pose a problem if you have a minimum command of English, because the tool is intuitive and easy to use.

Brice Cornet’s book to refine your strategy

There is the form, the speed of construction of the financial tables, the presentation of the project… But there is also the substance. A business plan can be formalized in any way you want, if your strategy and your economic model will not hold up, your project will have little chance of materializing.
To make the right decisions at each stage of the creation of your business, do not hesitate to devour the work of Brice Cornet (Éyrolles Editions) entitled “Create your startup without financial means and raise 1,000,000 euros ». It primarily addresses the issues of start-ups, but ultimately concerns all companies. The author, Brice Cornet, is the founder and director of the startup “Simple CRM” (customer relationship software). He reveals his failures, his learnings, his stages of creation and development and he answers many questions necessary for setting up a business plan: what method and what stages to launch a fundraising campaign, how to prepare a fundraiser, At what moment…
What to refine your commercial strategy and your financing policy for a business plan at the top!

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