Buying new software for your business is much like buying a house. It will have a tremendous impact on your day-to-day. Buy the right one and you’ll enjoy it everyday, but choose the wrong one and you’re in for a bumpy ride.
Make the best decision for you and your organization by keeping these seven things in mind when you’re evaluating new software:
Your software is an investment in your business’ future. When you make this move, you’re investing in a tool that will become the backbone of your organization.
Just as you would with buying a house, take time to write out what you need. Making this list will help you as you evaluate your options. Start with the ‘Must Haves’ before you create the ‘Give Up’ list. While getting the perfect software is always the goal, it’s more than likely there will be a few ‘Give Ups’ along the way. Plan ahead for the features and functionality you’re willing and not willing to give up. For example:
When it comes to software, understanding the reliability or quality of it is important. Just like you would consider the builder’s reputation for a house, you’ll need to consider the reputation of a software company. If it has all the bells and whistles, but can’t be counted on to work when you need it, you’re wasting time and money.
Price is an important piece of the decision-making process. It’s key in determining what is possible for your business. There is no use looking at the mansion if you can only afford the one-bedroom rental. Remember that like a house, cheaper does not mean better and it’s an investment in the future of your business. Understand what is included in the price. No one likes surprises — make sure you know what the costs are in these areas:
Do you care if the grocery store is around the corner or if a school is nearby? The integrations with other software is just as important. Go back to your original ‘Must Have’ list to see if integrations fulfill some of these needs.
Cassandra Schwartz is the senior manager of product marketing at Front Desk. When she’s not helping business owners run their organizations better she enjoys exploring. An avid hiker and backpacker, Cassandra spends her free time in search of remote lakes and mountain tops. For more information, download this free Software Buying Checklist to be an informed buyer, call 855.417.7120 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.