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Business plans

Whenever I hear about biz plan software I always think of that
Douglas Adams book "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency."  The
protagonist made his fortune by writing some "reverse prediction"
software.  You'd specify a goal ("i want to be president of the company
in 5 years") and then your current input ("I work in the mail room")
and it would give you the steps needed to accomplish your goal.

Now that would be a cool piece of software.


On Wed, 9 Jul 2003, Jack Coats wrote:

> All the business plan software I have seen dones is help you fill out
> their form for a business plan, with a few small worksheets to help
> calculate cash flow, etc.
> IMHO, after wasting some money on one, I would not recommend the programs
> unless you don't want to read.  The effort to make a good business plan
> is about the same, and your local library probably has several reasonable
> books on making a business plan, that will give you hints on style,
> sections needed, etc.
> Also, go talk with your banker or lawyer, they probably have some examples
> or will help tutor you through the process.  Also don't forget SCORE and
> (I t hink you can get to SCORE through them, the Service Corps
> of Retired Executives, old codgers that have run businesses for years and
> volunteer their time to help others get a business going.)
> ... Lots of luck Thomas.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: discuss-admin at [mailto:discuss-admin at]On Behalf Of
> David Kramer
> Sent: Wednesday, July 09, 2003 7:22 AM
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> Subject: Re: Business plans
> On Tuesday 08 July 2003 12:50 pm, Thomas Lopolito wrote:
> > Does anyone know of a Business Plan software application that runs under
> > Linux?
> Can you be more explicit on what "business plan" software does?  I'm not
> sure
> what you mean.
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