Re: Ed Garcia - business plan software?? - Posted by Phil (CO)
Posted by Phil (CO) on April 01, 2002 at 17:52:59:
I have personally used a couple of business plan software packages (can’t recall the names at the moment) and don’t think that they would be very useful for REI.
The reason I say this is that the power of the two programs I used was in the ability of the software to do market analysis, primarily targeted at selling widgets. The program would ask a bunch of questions about your product, competitors, etc. and then spit out a bunch of graphs to tell you if your business idea is good or not. Not very helpful for REI.
The programs do put together an outline for the plan, and generally force you to fill-in all of the blanks, so they might be useful to ensure that you come-up with a comprehensive plan. But IMHO you don’t need software to help you with that.
Hope this helps,