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____ ORIGINAL IDEA _____
I know, I know. There are hundreds of DIY business plan
companies, and "free online financial planning" websites.
But none are like this one:
What's the most important thing about
That they really work. You don't want to swindle someone
into believing lies, because you'll pay for that in the long
So you want to get your business right. Right?
BizplanWizard.org helps you get it right. Even after you
finished the final draft, the wizard will show you how to
continue refining it and getting people to ask you the
When you are confident, so are your investors.
Here's how it works:
You build your basic business plan in a few steps, using
hundreds of existing rules and templates so its tailored
your specific field.
You choose from several templates of the business plan
format, and parts you wish to have in your plan. You can
also choose from various looks for your final report.
You can also change the looks yourself, creating a new
one, or modifying an existing one.
Your filling in and tailoring of your business plan, adds to
the general bank of templates, without exposing your
specific product or business or your plan.
Once you chose your field of business, you start with the
most important part: the financials.
After filling in the expected input, you can easily play
around with several possible versions, drafting the
financial section. This helps you start
evaluating the new business and seeing how you can get
an acceptable ROI. (The wizard will assist you on this
You can choose to work top down or bottom up - setting
the goals and then filling them in, or giving the known
facts and then seeing the budget and results.
There are ready made background summaries for
hundreds of fields of business, and you can easily choose
or modify them or create your own.
The website will also provide as much information as
possible on the world and local market in your field of
business, along with information about possible
competitors. The website will have tips and links to
sources of information for a complete cover of the
market and competition.
You will also have a good choice of marketing strategies
and pre-evaluated marketing costs, benefits and
My question: What web technology should I (an
experienced developer) use for rapid
development, nice graphics and contemporary user
experience, comfortable non-cluttered look and feel, and
easy maintenance of this website, and who wants to join
the team (currently no pay - but later on this will be a
||The answer to your question depends on where you're intending to host your website.
||At the top-end of the price-bracket, you can rent out a whole server (or build your own, and have leave it switched on and plugged into the internet) choose your own OS, and decide which web-server, and other supporting infrastructure you're going to deploy. You could write your own web-server in C to run on Unix, or you could adopt an existing one like Apache, with perhaps a JBOSS application engine running alongside, which would allow you to build your application in java. A MySQL database is usually the preferred persistance method, as till now, you'll not have to have spent any money on software (assuming Linux, Apache, JBOSS and MySQL) you'll have to configure all of these components to run together however, which can take a bit of fiddling about before you can start. Using pay-for software might mean a Windows environment running somer kind of ASP/MIIS (is it still called that?) combination and develop on that using VB-esque code - good for RAD, but expensive, and (there is at least the perception that it is) potentially riddled with security holes.
||The next-best option, is for renting some space on a server that offers "CGI" - which is normally limited to running perl or php (or that's how it was 6 or so years ago, I'm not sure what the deal is these days) sometimes they'll give you access to a MySQL (or maybe SQLServer) database, but it will be managed centrally - potentially, you'll have to store your persistant data in text files that are referenced by php calls. It's a bit clunky, and you have to be careful about security permissions, but it'll probably work out. One alternative would be to find some php program that someone else has developed and use that, amending bits here and there to suit your requirements - but you'll have to be (or have access to) a reasonably acomplished php programmer to be able to do that.
||Personally, I'd go for the Java-based, server-side application thing - but it depends on what your preferred languages are - and the specific bits of functionality you want your application/website to deliver. If it's a big repository of forms, then maybe you just need to have some nice way of searching/navigating those forms, which might mean you could use something far simpler.
||I said I'm an experienced developer (15 years, I
wrote part of the Java core!! fluent in MS
technologies, and less so with Apple, J2EE and
LUMP) and know all the old technologies and even
a bit of JQuery.
||I'm asking about new RAD stuff out lately, for
making a great website, with charts, views, rapid
client side recalculations and simple server
storage. To reduce the effort.
||I'm not asking about the infrastructure at all. I
suppose that it would be run in a web cloud once
we seriously become world known. But first lets
get it going.
||I just edited the idea and refined it...
||Ah, sorry. Grandmas, eggs and the impartation of techniques for the localised application of low-air pressure comes to mind...oops.
(You never know whether an experienced developer is one who specialises in thingummys or whatsits or one who knows a wide range of everything these days)
So, you mean like a web-IDE/CMS type thing?
||I meant Coldbox, Zend... What's the reality of
||Is there anything in the MS Silverlight arena that
will get me up and running at those speeds, and
with that wide range of solutions/technologies.
||Will these RAD environments give me nice
formatted table views.
||Will the customer be able to print out the report
or turn it into a PDF / docx / ppsx presentation...
||stop worrying about the website. start worrying about what actually makes a good business plan. every sector is different. a plan pitched to get a bank loan is going to be a different flavor from an angel investor plan, again different from a plan seeking active partners (....like this post....). Then realize that without some very high intensity human editing the logical qualifications of the plan will be entirely unjustified (ice cream to Inuit) ..... THEN realize that you are basically building a form that makes sure that the math adds up and shoehorns the financials into industry norms. THEN realize that the site is actually a cynical attempt to capitalize on the "live your dreams" enthusiasm of inexperienced shlubs for whom entrepreneurship is a pipedream cum nightmare that is going to eat their life savings and mortgage their family home. Then you can really rake in the cash.
||WcW: Your post will be the opening page. No cash
raking expected from inexperienced shlubs.
||High intensity human editing is done by the biz
plan builder. In each field we would send them to
experts along with an NDA.
||I'm talking about concentrating on the financials.
Each sector and business field has its own hidden
or known costs. So all we are doing is floating up
all the elements the writer should consider.
||I said it at the outset: The idea is to make a
business plan THAT WILL WORK.
||I'll start of course with ONE sector, and one type
of business plan. (Planning an aquaponics project)
You know what goes into it, and you'll know how
much and when it pays back.
||People will ask for other plans, and we'll advance.
Its not rocket science, and experts in each field
will scrutinize the results, so its practically fail
safe. - As far as plans go.
||I think I know whats wrong: The minute you say
good "business plan" your talking about hype, like
a good CV which is usually A bit of truth, Almost
none of the truth, and anything but the truth.
||If you came for that - your on the wrong website.
If you came for an assistant in planning something
real that you want happening, your on the right
||expert advice is valuable and expensive. In my field a single start up consultation ranges anywhere from 300 to 3000 dollars depending on the scale, and the reputation of the consultant. No business plan is fail-safe. A good plan for today might be a sure fire looser by next quarter. Finally a plan must take into account the "boots on the ground", the competencies, resources, and conditions of that specific entrepreneur. Your selling the promise of success, not the reality.
||OK, marked it "Bad Idea".
||The idea is inspired by a real need to connect entrepreneurs and industry experts then make sure that everybody feels confident enough about the value delivered to be willing to pay you for the service.