Ease of Use
When you first open Business Plan Pro, you'll be met with a welcome screen asking if you want to create a new business plan, open an existing plan, or view one of over 500 sample business plans. This opening screen also provides links to a Getting Started Guide and an introductory movie, both of which are excellent resources for new users.
If you're the type who likes to jump right into a new software application without spending any time with tutorials, you should still be fine. After choosing the option to create a new business plan, a wizard will ask a series of questions to help determine which elements should be included in this plan. If you happen to make a "wrong" choice here, it's no biggie since you can always add components later.
Overall, I was surprised that an application capable of creating such complex documents was so easy to navigate and use. After using Business Plan Pro for a couple of hours, the software became seamless with the actual act of writing a business plan so that the only things I really had to think about were related to the business itself – not how I would incorporate the information into the plan.
To make things even easier, Business Plan Pro has a built-in mechanism that can help you figure out how to word your own business goals and objectives. Each component of the plan has instructions as well as examples pulled from the collection of sample plans that comes bundled with the software. For instance, in the Mission Statement section, the instructions explain what a mission statement is and why you need one. Then, if you're stuck for what to write, you can view examples from other business plans without ever leaving your current document. The software even has functionality that lets you paste any example into your own plan with just a click of a button, ready to edit to your own specifications.