You’re building a business… You have a lot to do… You need more money… More time… All the help you can get… It’s got to be right… Done your way… It’s got to last… You want to make a difference as well as a profit…
And we make the tools to help you succeed!
Founded by Burke Franklin, JIAN introduced the revolutionary BizPlanBuilder® in 1988. Rated their “Best Buy” by PC World and winner of Success Magazine’s “Editor’s Choice Gold Medal Award,” BizPlanBuilder has been one of the most popular business planning software tools in the World — With more than 2,000,000 copies sold worldwide, and an estimated several BILLION dollars in capital raised through angel investors, venture capitalists, the SBA and bank financing.
New web address: Business Power Tools
JIAN (jee’on – a zen word meaning the “master of every art”) is a high concept that I loved and many people appreciated, but had a hard time remembering, spelling, and connecting it to the business software and templates we make.
Over the years, I’ve turned way numerous offers to buy our web domain, “jian.com,” but when one offer went as high as $100k… I started thinking about it!
While we’ve been actively using it for 27 years, it seemed we may be better off selling it and rebranding JIAN. So that’s what we did!
JIAN is now dba: Business Power Tools
We still own the trademarks, etc. on JIAN, but we will be doing business as (dba) Business Power Tools.
Before jumping on that, I spoke with a number of friends and customers from over the years and everyone said they remember (or think of me with) BizPlanBuilder vs. JIAN.
The company is still technically JIAN, but the response to Business Power Tools has been overwhelmingly positive!
Business Power Tools Today
Business Power Tools is a contemporary American software company focused on applying modern techniques to the art of building businesses. For more than 27 years, we’ve focused exclusively on developing business software and fully-scripted and formatted templates to help entrepreneurs and business owners to complete important business projects in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take to do them from scratch.
Business Power Tools products draw upon the experience of successful business professionals crossing nearly every industry and business model imaginable, as well as feedback from thousands of customers. Every day we receive success stories and input from our customers who tell us either we’ve done it right or they offer suggestions for ways we can fix them, update them, or do it better.
I hope you like the idea of having access to an online dashboard loaded with business power tools to help you build your business!
“Burke – Thank you for what you and those at JIAN have created. I have been contracted to help a new software company get to market. I am confident BizPlanBuilder Online will play a crucial role in the staging – roll out and ongoing collaboration on the effort. I look forward to using the on-line version. Again – thanks for all you do to provide for entrepreneurs – especially – a potent capability to create – launch – grow and harvest enterprises. I believe – above all – this is what makes the USA what it is – and JIAN is key. Here’s to a good job – and wealth creation!”
~ Rich O, Chief Drummer, ThinkThroughTools, LLC, (multiple BizPlanBuilder user)
What’s a nice guy like me doing in a business like this?
Because you’re betting the farm…
As you may already be aware, we started this software category a long long time ago and have put a lot into it over the years, presuming the user — usually an entrepreneur with a business idea that needs a good explanation with the business mapped out financially — is “betting the farm!” 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.) 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, I started at the Sharper Image Catalog as the electronics buyer and later became a copy-writer for the catalog…
I always hated explaining to my parents why I needed money to buy something I wanted — just like having to explain to an investor over and over why to invest in your project, but it’s part of our reality. It’s the process we all must go through to convince others to back us — I’m convinced that Business Power Tools gives you the best shot at it!
~ Burke Franklin
Some 30 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.
But I hated planning, I was more of hip-shooting kind of guy…
but 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 the 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! Standing in the shower one day, it struck me, 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 (often at 5 am!), people loved them… I was in business.
Some friends at Apple loaned me their Mac and I started the company with “MacBizPlan” — in my down-jacket, out in my garage… (Later, I had an app developed for PCs.) Since then, we’ve been listening to customers and investors, as well as using our own business plan software to raise capital and lines of credit.
My philosophy behind Business Power Tools
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.
Years later, I wrote the book, “Business Black Belt” to share my business-building observations — stuff none of the consultants, MBAs and other gurus I’ve worked with along the way ever mentioned. With the line of business tools we are constantly developing and refining, you could say that our purpose is this:
Making tools to help you get your idea into the world where it and you can make a difference as well as money and a name for yourself!
Business Power Tools products are really part of a greater purpose.
There are many useful products and services that never make it to market (or they don’t last very long), most often due to their creators’ inexperience with the business side of business. We provide tools that help entrepreneurs and business owners do business better — so they can focus on developing their products and ideas. Who knows? Their next great idea could benefit all of us.
Over the years, we have come up with a variety of tools you can use right now to make your life a little easier and your business more productive.
Writing an excellent business or marketing plan, or a comprehensive safety manual; drafting an important agreement—these used to be boring, labor-intensive projects to be avoided at all costs. They were big, time-consuming projects that were hard to get started, difficult to do well, and sometimes impossible to finish. Frankly, I’d rather spend my time talking with customers, developing and improving our products, and have some time left to enjoy my life. But these things must be done.
I talked with friends and other entrepreneurs and discovered that I wasn’t alone. I wasn’t the only one who needed a better solution. I hated the business plans I read. I was burned out working for companies that treated employees like cattle. I was tired of reading documents I couldn’t understand without professional help.
So, I took matters into my own hands. I wrote the original BizPlanBuilder back in 1988. Each of our subsequent products evolved out of our own needs as a growing business as well as request and suggestions from customers.
You don’t even have to learn how before you start!
By the time you read a few books, take a seminar and talk to some experts, you probably won’t have much energy left to do the job. With Business Power Tools software, it works the other way around. By the time you’re done using our software, your project will be complete and look great. You’ll know all you need to know about the subject as it relates to your business, without a lot of extraneous interrogation, theory and expense. All things considered, I think you’ll find our software tools will save your sanity as well as your time and money.
Conceived, Developed, and Supported in the USA
Entrepreneurship — America’s #1 export!
- Our headquarters are in Santa Barbara, CA.
- Our web developers at Dunn Direct Media are in northern California.
- Our system programmers at Palm Beach Software Development are in Florida – Mark Turkel & James Wright are entrepreneurs and business owners too. They get it.
- Our website is hosted in San Jose, CA
- When you call, you’ll speak to an American.
“The testimonials in blue… are they for real?”
Actually, yes they are. Generally, we don’t solicit comments; however, we often ask people to send us their success stories. Almost all of the quotes in red are unsolicited — comments from real people who have used our software. (All of the comments for BizPlanBuilder run more than 30 pages!) We may edit them for typos to make sure nobody looks stupid, but these are the real deal.
As you can see, some are from people who are admittedly clueless about certain business things and others are highly educated and experienced experts.I very much appreciate the time and energy they invested in communicating with us. And we are happy to include your website URL when you send us your success story. Flame? Sure we get some of those, but we do our best to take care of people right away.
FYI, we have only ONE tech-support / customer-service person… What does that tell you? Click here to send a success story or comment.Try any of our products and you’ll discover feature-rich, productivity-enhancing tools to revolutionize the way you work.
“You guys are so much more on the ball than ANY OTHER software company that I have EVER dealt with.”- Capt. Dick Thorsen, SA
“JIAN software gave me back the time to run my business.”
– Scott Brown, Summit North Marina, Bear, DE
The Business Power Tools Business-Building Advantage
Everyone employed with Business Power Tools has been a business owner or a business consultant, and many of us have even run our own start-ups
Business Power Tools’ strength is our focus on the needs of business owners like you and our own understanding of what it takes to thrive in competitive markets. Collectively we know how little things make a big difference and we’ve worked to include that wisdom into the products we sell.
Our apps work alike and work together
Today all of our business software solutions offer the same ease of use and BIG TIME results without the time commitments and knowledge required by traditional solutions.It’s an unbeatable combination of ideas, direction and examples you can use right now.
With Business Power Tools software, you’ll successfully complete these essential business projects in a fraction of the time it would take starting from scratch. When you use Business Power Tools products, you’ll free up more time for other activities that will make you money. (Or go play!)
Thank you for doing business with us!