These days, businesses have plenty of options for choosing the right software. Thousands of developers create and perfect new products designed to help you more effectively and efficiently run your business.
There are many options available, so it is important to focus, to know where to start looking and how to make the best decision.
Here are some factors to consider when choosing the right software for your business.
Your core needs
Not all businesses need every type of software, so you’ll need to have an idea of what will help your business achieve future goals and what your business actually needs.
Some types of software include:
- Sales and lead generation to help you identify and track prospects throughout the sales process
- Accounting and finance to help you manage your finances, track accounts, and invoice clients
- Logistics and supply chain to help you manage your inventory and supply chain.
- Proposal software to help you create, send and track your business proposals
- Productivity to help you improve productivity and track team member activities.
Each software will have its benefits, but you won’t need them all. Consider what your objectives and important goals are. Do you need software to take administrative tasks off your hands? Do you want the software to make your business more efficient? Are there any gaps in your business that can be filled by software?
By answering those questions, you should be able to decide on which software category to start with.
Right software factors
Next, examine products within the category chosen to find the best product for you. This is based on several factors, including the product’s functionality, your current software, the developer’s responsiveness, is the support team based in Australia or overseas, subscriptions levels and lock-in contracts.
Key factors to consider
Functionality: Although it’s enticing to go for a product that has it all, in the long run, it could end up being a waste of money as you might end up paying extra for features you’ll never use. Make sure you’re looking for software with the features you need and will actually use.
Integrations: If you’re already using software, you’ll want new products that can integrate with what you’ve got.
Security: If you’re handling private and confidential information, you need software that has ample protection.
Customer support: You need to know that any issues that arise can be handled and dealt with promptly. Make sure there’s a strong customer support policy backing the product.
Budget: Choose the product that best fits your budget but still has what you need.
Making the decision
You don’t have to go it alone when making a software decision—research what software others in your industry use. Talk to your team to find out their experience with the software and what they recommend. Find out what factors your team members need and take that into account, as it can make their jobs easier.
Read online reviews, particularly from businesses similar to yours. Find out what they liked and didn’t like about the software you’re considering. Read their buyer’s guide, white paper, or other documentation if the developer offers it. It’s even better if you can get a product demo to test or even a free trial period.
Buying new software is an exciting opportunity for your business. Your business can become more profitable and efficient while also making your job easier. Take time to consider what you really need, what others say about your options, and what will work for you now and as you grow before making a final decision.
If you have any questions about the right software for your business, feel free to Join the conversation…