How to get the best from your business software set up

Eventually, you’ll need to buy software for your business. And while it’s not the most glamorous part of running a business, it’s definitely essential. Business software is a set of programs that are designed to perform various functions to help increase and measure productivity as well as help support and automate processes. 

If you’re a startup, you may find yourself using free trials and demos to see you through for a certain amount of time. But, these are often time-limited offers, meaning you’ll soon need a more permanent solution – especially as your business continues to grow. Whereas larger companies typically end up over-spending on software as they don’t consider what each employee needs to do their job properly.

No matter the size of your business, at Officeology we’re here to understand your requirements and how your business works so we can help you make a well-informed decision. Our guide below will explore the different options of business software available for every sized company so you can get the best from your software setup.

Business Software for Startups

When you’re a new business creating processes for the very first time and learning how to do things in the best and most efficient way before your team really begins to grow, there won’t be a lot of time for trial and error. You’ll need to find the perfect solution almost right away which can definitely be a challenging task.

To do this, you’ll need to really think about what exactly you want in a business software. We wouldn’t recommend getting something that has all the bells and whistles, just a basic program with what you need to get started. Whether that’s presentation software to dazzle potential investors and clients, a CRM to boost productivity and sales or you want to keep your accounts in check, make sure you get a system that ticks all the right boxes.

Business Software for Small and Medium Companies

Life at a small or medium-sized company is just as fast-paced at a startup and with an established, yet still growing team, it’s more important than ever to get your computer software and processes nailed down. While you’ll more than likely already have a business software in place; when was the last time you re-evaluated it to make sure it was still what you needed? 

Most of the time, you’re only reminded of your software needs when you get an invoice to renew your current subscription. It’s easy to get yourself stuck in a rut with your current software but it could very well be outdated and causing you problems. And there are so many other options out there that can better suit your needs. As you expand you may find yourself needing different types of software for different departments or more accounts added to a particular software so people don’t need to share. 

Business Software for Large Companies

As a large business with lots of different teams and hundreds of people carrying out a diverse set of job roles, keeping all of your software needs in check is no easy task. For example, a designer will have very contrasting needs compared to an office administrator and a payroll clerk probably won’t require a full set of marketing tools. 

It’s vital you keep track of your company structure so you can see who needs what to get their job done as productively and simply as possible. Otherwise, it can get extremely costly if you’re providing everyone with graphic design tools rather than a select few employees who genuinely need them.

Whether you need us for a big project or the finishing touches, our dedicated business software solutions specialists will spend time with you to understand your requirements, learn your company structure and how your business works and then match you up to the perfect business software.

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