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You’re building a business… A lot to do… Need more time… More cash… All the help you can get… It’s got to be right… Under your control. With minimal BS! And you want to make a difference.
We understand! And we make tools that will help you…
If 80% of businesses fail, what are the 20% doing right?
According to a recent SBA survey, of the businesses that failed, 60% had no business plan.
JIAN (jee’on) has been developing software tools for building and managing small to medium-sized businesses since 1988. JIAN’s flagship product, BizPlanBuilder®, plus MarketingBuilder®, seven other proprietary JIAN titles and dozens of individual modules comprise the current product line.
Entrepreneurs in every industry can complete mission critical projects quickly and easily to appeal to angel and venture capital investors. These executives benefit from proven business process management expertise to write a business plan to raise capital, an employee policy handbook, compose job descriptions, use sample contracts, be their own PR firm, or publish a safety manual to comply with OSHA.
BizPlanBuilder was featured in PC World magazine rating business planning software products, and was issued the publication’s “Best Buy” award as the best product in this category. To date, more than 2,000,000 units of JIAN’s software have been licensed worldwide. 150+ business schools use BizPlanBuilder as part of their core curriculum. Jian is also referred by thousands of business consultants.
What’s a nice guy like me doing in a business like this?
In college I majored in engineering and business, but I was crazy to do something real… I learned about a ‘do-it-yourself’ used car lot concept and I built and ran it from my fraternity bedroom. I convinced my grandmother to loan me $5,000. (A business plan would have been helpful.) After college, during my 20′s, I sold an early software system for analyzing real estate investments, I sold electronic components for Texas Instruments, I sold financial software for mid-sized businesses… wanting to experience business from the other side of the sales desk, I joined the Sharper Image Catalog as the electronics buyer… What a great job that was! Imagine having access to all that stuff!
Some 22 years ago I learned about business plans. Before that I had heard little of them. I was surprised at how many businesses owners did not write a business plan at all… The owner / entrepreneur had some ideas in his/her head and just went forward. If you’ve ever worked for these people, you’ve probably also experienced a lot of screaming and frustration.
That’s not the way I wanted to build a business.
I discovered that writing a business plan actually enabled others in the business, not only to understand the big picture, but to be pro-active, make better decisions and work together to forward the action in favor of the big idea.
So, what’s my philosophy behind Jian?
I thought I wanted to either get rich on something silly like a “Pet Rock” or change the world with something serious like Penicillin, but I’ve always wondered what happened to the inventions featured in Popular Science and Popular Mechanics. Perhaps the inventors and others could benefit from my business plan template. Perhaps supporting others to introduce their solutions for our world was better leveraging of my skills and a more important contribution for me to make to the world right now. More about Jian >>>
Why Business Plan Builder software?
But I hated planning, I was more of hip-shooting kind of guy… then a friend of mine had a deal going with Apple Computer and they wanted to see his business plan. It had to cover all the bases—the engineers wanted to review the product section, the management people wanted to know about his managers, the finance people needed to be sure that his company was sustainable, and so on. Being a former catalog copy-writer for the Sharper Image Catalog, I figured I could help him out. From my perspective at the time, a business plan was a bit like a giant brochure. It must sell at all levels.
Long story short, he got the deal. But it wasn’t over for me… I kept meeting people who wanted me to help them with their business plans. I helped write some good business plans! Then it struck me (standing in the shower, of course), what if I took all of my materials I used to write a business plan and put them together into Word and Excel templates and offered them on a disk? I ran some classified ads… the phone rang… people loved them… I was in business! More about Biz Plan Builder business plan software >>>