Dr. Seuss once said: “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. You are the one who’ll decide where to go.”

It’s feasible to think that Dr. Seuss was talking to the inner entrepreneur we all have living inside of us. Have you ever had a really great idea? Not only a great idea, but also a one-of-a-kind, innovative and potentially lucrative idea? If so, what did you do with it? If you’re like me, you probably got pretty excited about it. Maybe you’ve even Googled a little bit of research. But after a few days, you lost motivation because the idea of creating and planning and establishing a product or service is daunting, or at the very least, overwhelming.

Starting your own business can be scary, and with good reason. There is risk involved. However, when you thoroughly plan your venture out, a large percentage of risk disappears. People don’t just jump off cliffs without some device to soften their landing. They use a parachute, or a bungee cord. They use some form of safety net. The best kind of business planning safety net is a top-notch business-planning program that also allows you to track your success.

Below are the elements you want in a quality business planning and tracking tool:

  • Is it easy to navigate?
  • Can I access it from anywhere I have an Internet connection?
  • Can I collaborate on my plan with my business partners?
  • Will it help me understand which financial calculations I need to write a credible plan?
  • Will it help me track my results against my projections so I can adjust my plan accordingly?
  • Will it give me the end result of a professional-looking business plan?

You need the right software for your busy lifestyle. There’s nothing holding you back now – and as Dr. Seuss says, “just think of all the places you could go…”

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