Are Custom Software Solutions Your Thing?
Some small and medium-sized businesses believe that custom software solutions are not for them. They feel that big companies have all the advantages because they have funds to buy expensive IT solutions. But if you do a little research and find the right partner, it can turn out that you’ll need to pay less for a custom IT solution than you expected. Don’t forget that you can get a competitive advantage by streamlining your operations and boosting your productivity with custom software. Let’s take a look at challenges small businesses face when it comes to using software in general.
IT challenges that are faced by many small businesses
- You’re using too many spreadsheets.
Let’s imagine that you have a spreadsheet or even a set of spreadsheets that you work with on a daily basis. At some point it gets pretty inconvenient, because you need to make sure that the information is up-to-date or that you don’t accidentally lose this file. On top of that, it is not user-friendly and you feel exhausted when you are done working with the list. Does this sound familiar?
You can get a small custom CRM system instead that will cover your basic needs and will allow you to focus on growing your business.
- You are not using reminders.
One of the major worries for small businesses is to get payments from clients and to pay bills on time. A piece of custom software can solve this issue by sending notifications (to you or your clients) or by making automatic payments for services you use. You can also send your clients email or SMS reminders. By the way, sending bulk text messages is a good way to keep your customers informed about literally anything.
- You are using too many small programs.
You are using too many tools to run your business if you need to update the information about calls, emails, payments several times on different apps to keep them in sync. As the amount of work that has to be completed increases, you need to take care of more and more details, which will eat up your precious time. This is counterproductive. Instead, get yourself a custom software that keeps all that info synchronized across platforms and focus your energy on something else.
- You are not taking advantage of project management software.
Do you feel that in order to move forward with a project you need email your entire team at once? Then you must have also noticed a decrease in productivity when your team members get distracted by the large flow of emails (especially if the emails do not relate to all team members copied). It is much easier (and more productive) to use a tool where you can work together on a project without spamming the whole team with messages or emails.
How to start the path to software innovation?
Listen carefully to what your colleagues have to say. Create a group discussion in a project management tool and track all ideas from your colleagues, and after that work to identify what your business is missing out on by not investing in custom IT solutions.
Custom software solutions are for small companies too. You need to find the right partners and get a solution that perfectly fits your requirements. You’re in the business to grow, so think big.
Next week we will dig into reasons why a small business needs bespoke software solutions.
Meanwhile, you can read all about how easy it is to create a software development project plan.