Readme for Biz-Plan - Freeware Release ======================================== Contents ======== 1. 2. 3. 4.

Introduction to Biz-Plan Registering Biz-Plan Other Business Planning Help Revision History 5. Contact Details

############################################################## CAUTION: If you acquired Biz-Plan from an unknown third-party, we recommend that you check the file BIZ-PLAN_TEMPLATE.DOC for viruses before loading it. This file is suuplied as a read-only document and should NOT contain any macro or auto-loading programs. This message is intended to encourage safe computing practices and should not be a cause for alarm. ############################################################## 1. Introduction to Biz-Plan =================== Biz-Plan is a detailed Guide and Template for preparing a business plan. It has been compiled and distributed as freeware by PlanWare. The Word-based Template (48 pages) contains a detailed framework and structure for writing a business plan. It is complemented by a comprehensive Guide (supplied as a 90+ topic Help file and as a 100+ page PDF file for printing) which offers extensive section-by-section help related to the Template. Biz-Plan is aimed at new and established businesses seeking to expand, raise finance etc. which need to produce a comprehensive business plan for internal/external use. While Biz-Plan is not intended for very small businesses (e.g. annual sales under, say, $250,000), it does contain many ideas and issues which could be adopted to produce a shorter, simpler plan as explained in the Guide. This freeware release of Biz-Plan is freely distributable but refer to the file LICENSE.TXT for full details. The Template requires Microsoft Word 97, 2000 or XP. It will NOT run with Word 6 or 95. However, you will find a version of Biz-Plan suitable for these versions of Word at the PlanWare site <www.planware.org/busplan.htm>. For latest information about Biz-Plan, visit our web site at:

<http://www.planware.org> ############################################################## 2. Registering Biz-Plan ================= The supplied Biz-Plan Template is a protected, 'read-only' document for Microsoft Word. Upon registration, this protection can be removed and the Template can be freely modified by the registered user. Biz-Plan registration is completely free and there are no strings attached ! You will not be added to any email list as a result of registering. Check our privacy policy at <www.planware.org/privacy.htm>. To register, simply e-mail <bizplan@planware.org> quoting within its body the serial number displayed in the table/box located in the middle of the first page of the Biz-Plan Template file (BIZ-PLAN_TEMPLATE.DOC). You will be e-mailed back a password with simple instructions to unprotect the Template. Once unprotected, you are licensed to use it as an outline structure & guide for your business plan. It can be freely modified and there are no restrictions on how and where you distribute your completed plan based on the Template. (A little mention would be nice <g> but that is at your complete discretion). Registered, unprotected copies of the Biz-Plan Template are strictly for personal use. They must not be copied, distributed or circulated to unregistered users as any form or type of business planning template or guide without prior permission from <bizplan@planware.org>. However, copies of the original unregistered, protected files can be freely circulated provided that they are not changed in any way and distributed as a complete package within the supplied archive file (*.ZIP or *EXE). See LICENSE.TXT for details of permissions and restrictions. See "Start Here" in the Guide for further help with registering and getting started. When registering, make sure that your e-mail address is valid. We receive a large number of defective addresses and consequently replies containing passwords cannot be delivered. If you don't receive a password from us within a reasonable time (e.g. 24 hours), the most likely reason is a wrong e-mail address. Double-check your address and submit a further registration request. ############################################################## 3. Other Business Planning Help

======================= The PlanWare site <www.planware.org> contains extensive assistance on business planning and related matters. It offers freeware, shareware & commercial software packages for preparing business plans, making financial projections and assessing business ideas including: - Exl-Plan range (Basic, Micro, Lite, Pro, Super, Super Plus, Ultra and Ultra Plus) of fully-integrated 1-3-5 year business financial planners for use with Excel. - Exl-Plan Free, a freeware 2-year integrated financial planner for Excel. - Cashflow Plan range (Micro, Lite, Plus, Super and Ultra) for generating rolling 12-month proforma projections. - Cashflow Plan Free, a freeware 6-month cash flow planner. - Plan Write range of 'standalone' business plan writers. - Insight range of 'expert-system' software for evaluating business ideas and strategies. - On-line strategic and financial planners and other useful planning tools. It also contains a series of 'white papers' covering: How to write a business plan. Insights into business planning. Getting new business ideas. New venture strategies. Developing a business strategy. Preparing financial projections. Making cashflow forecasts. Managing working capital.

... and much more. ############################################################## 4. Revision History ============= March 1999 -------------Release 1.1 First general release freeware version for Word 97. June 1999 ------------Release 1.2 Updated for Word 2000. June 1999

------------Release 1.3 Minor changes made to 1.2. July 2000 -----------Release 1.4 Fixed erratic problem with bullet styles. August 2001 ---------------Release 1.5 Added further guidance and advice. September 2003 --------------------Release 2.0 Extensive updating of text and separation of the "template" and "guide". April 2006 ------------Release 3.0 Complete rebuild of the Template and creation of separate Guide in CHM and PDF formats. ############################################################## 5. Contact Details ============= Contact details for the author of Biz-Plan are as follows: PlanWare - Invest-Tech Limited 27 Ardmeen Park Blackrock Co Dublin Ireland Tel: + 353-1-283 4083 Fax: + 353-1-278 2391 (Replace + by international access code) E-mail: <info@planware.org> Web: <www.planware.org> ############################################################## End of Readme