If you’re a business owner, you know that writing a business plan is important and you probably know that you need one. But sometimes it can feel like quite the daunting task.
Not anymore! In this blog post, I have compiled 9 of my favorite tools to help ease the anxiety around writing your business plan so you can stop worrying and start writing. And the best part? 8 out of 9 are free (some include a premium buy in, but the free versions are really really awesome!)
Note: These are simply tools to help you with the planning and writing of your business plan, not to write the plan for you. The following are only tools, need I say more? Also, note that I have linked to each website, however, these are NOT affiliate links. I’m just here to help, and to give you some free information, yo!
I’m also pretty big on writing and crafting a business plan that works for you and your business, without the frustration and only with ease. I mean, I did create a course for that 😉 You can check that out right here!
The end goal is to write a business plan that works for you and your business. And these tools can certainly help with that! So without further ado, I bring you my 9 favorite tools to help you write your business plan:
1. Grammarly Google Chrome Extension
Google Chrome Extensions make my business heartbeat go total rapid fire. These handy little virtual helpers have made all the difference in the world when it comes to growing, managing and working in my business. One of my utmost favorite extensions (and website, might I add), especially when it comes to writing content and business plans, is the Grammarly Google Chrome Extension.
100% free and easy to use. Simply “Add to Chrome” and activate, and the extension instantly gets to work. You’ll start noticing a little green circle in the bottom right-hand corner of the page as you type. Grammarly is constantly working to ensure that your grammar, punctuation, and spelling is completely and totally on point.
Honestly, every business plan writer NEEDS this extension. You can get it free right HERE.
If you don’t have Google Chrome, no fret! You can Google it! (See what I did there?!) Or, if you aren’t into the whole google-ing scene, simply visit grammarly.com for a free account. You can copy and paste any content into the site and Grammarly will check your work there.
Oh, boy, do I love Asana! Honestly, this task management site is a mompreneur’s dream come true.
When it comes to outlining and getting things done, task setting, deadline reaching, and checking things off the list is so extremely helpful. Asana allows you the opportunity to create tasks, manage them across various apps (such as Slack and Google), and work towards getting things done.
I love getting daily emails with my list of to-dos for the upcoming week. Asana is awesome all around and can be used for both business, writing, and life. Check it out here
3. Google Docs
You’ve probably heard of Google, right?! If not, I’d like to introduce you to the amazing world of Google Docs and the Google Drive!
Google Docs autosave as you write and keep your work safe and preserved in the Google Drive. I also love that I can track all editing that takes place, and collaborate on projects with other team members.
A great option for outlining, planning, and writing your business plan.
4. Lifetab Google Chrome Extension
This is my new found love. The Lifetab Google Chrome Extension is currently in beta testing (so grab it while you can, cross your fingers and hope it sticks around), but is an awesome productivity app that helps keep you on task while on your computer.
Open a tab and the Lifetab pops up, reminding you of today’s theme, your priorities, and tasks. I use this as a way to track my content and writing tasks. Check them off when you complete them!
The extension also lets you track your mood, exercise, and gratitude. What’s best? It’s like a journal! Each day comes with a new, fresh Lifetab page for you to fill out and keep track of.
When it comes to creating graphics and beautiful visuals for your business plan, Canva is a must for your business plan toolkit.
Create the business plan cover page, illustrations, graphs, and even your entire business plan within this awesome free (with premium option) graphic design app and website.
CreativeMarket is a complete and total compliment to Canva. This is the site to find icons, photos, and even fonts to use in your business plan. Most are for a fee, but if you signup, every Monday you will receive an email with free goods to download!
I love me some CreativeMarket.com
Every business plan writer needs to know about Thesaurus.com because let’s face it, you can only use the word “business” or “fabulous” so many times in a sentence before it becomes redundant.
8. Timer Google Chrome Extension
Yes, I’m obsessed with Chrome Extensions…and I’m ok with it. It’s a healthy balance, no worries!
The Timer Google Chrome Extension is a great tool to have on hand, as it allows you the opportunity to work within time blocks that you set within your workday. Set the timer as you write to help you to be more productive. Once the timer goes off, move onto something else, a new section, or end the workday. It’s a great addition as you write.
9. The Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator (another Chrome Extension)
Last, but certainly not least, The Facebook Newsfeed Eradicator. This Chrome Extension helps keep me free from Facebook distractions, which is my first go-to when I’m having a total writing block (or brain-fart). And then I’m sucked into social media and I waste time where it should be used to write and work on top priority items.
When activated, this Chrome Extension literally wipes out your newsfeed and replaces it with an interesting quote instead! It’s AMAZING! Take a look: