Technology per se is already a complex and complicated premise on its own. When you combine it with something as diverse as business, things can get convoluted, especially when you’re crowded with 10 options for a single thing. First time business owners often find decision making terrifying, especially when it comes to choosing business solutions because of the undesirable outcomes that might result from bad decision making.
Before you pick which accounting software or desktop computer systems you’re going to use, you’ll find that the array of choices are just way too many, and they all say the same, that they’re better than the competition. The key is knowing which ones are applicable to your company’s needs and requirements. Will these products help you or jeopardize your operation?
What should SME owners consider in choosing?
THE ALL-IMPORTANT SHORT LIST
Mustard Seed helps businesses extract options more effectively. It is a one stop shop of small business solutions, from accounting software to payroll software, to furniture and other equipment and safety devices– with nearly all aspects of your business covered.
The list has 3 sections – The Interactive Section, the Main Section and the Efficiency section.
The Interactive section contains customer facing software like ERP, POS and other similar software products
The last section, Efficiency, contains applications that help get work done, including SAP, chat, document management, shared computing (NComputing) and note-taking.
Mustard Seed has listed important pointers that you need to take note of before choosing or purchasing software and devices that you need for your small business.
- Print hard copies for future reference so you won’t have to keep going back to your computer.
- Determine your needs. Start with the hard ones or the most important categories. DO research on each company and products so you’ll know at least a bit about their background and client satisfactory rating. Choose features that you “really” need. Do your picks include these? If not, no matter how cheap it is, you should skip it and proceed to the next option.
- Budget check. You should know early on how much budget you can allocate for each software, hardware or service you’ll pay for. Do as many free trials as you can to have a better feel of the product. Read and assess contractual obligations.
- Refine your list. Remove the suppliers that didn’t pass the requirements. You can call the company for inquiries. Ask relevant questions like “Is it easy to set up the software?”, “What warranty terms come with the package?”, “How often do I install updates and upgrades?” and “Do you have refund policies?”
- Double-check. As your choices lessen, you have more time to study each alternative. If it has a free-trial offer, set it up and test it to make sure that it delivers its promise and meets your expectations.
- Read customer feedback and reviews. Consider both positive and negative feedback so you’ll know which questions to ask and settings you need to concentrate on.
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