Fail to prepare your business, and get ready for it to fail. But it doesn't have to expensive or time-consuming to build a business plan. Not when you have these tools.

This article appears in the May 07 issue of PC Advisor, available now in all good newsagents.

Plan ahead

If you want to try your hand at creating a business plan without splashing out on software, give iPlanner a try. This online planner will take a little longer to learn than Business Plan Pro, but you can try it for free and it costs only £21 for a one-year subscription.

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Take a letter

When you're starting a business there's a lot of administration involved. Bizstart24 can provide a helping hand with all the business letters and forms you need. It'll help create invoices, arrears letters, credit notes and more. Available as a free download.

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Keep track of tasks

One of the keys to running a successful business is accurate time planning and organisation. Let VIP Simple To Do List 2.5 take the strain by scheduling daily tasks, meetings, trips, projects and events. Try it for free or buy it for $30 (about £15).

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