Custom Software… a crash course
Chances are you’ve heard the phrase “custom software” before. However, contrary to popular belief, bespoke or custom software is not exclusive to fortune 500 companies and those dominating their industry, most likely on a global scale.
In fact, custom software is equally as beneficial for smaller businesses, whether a local IT firm, security business, local cafe, or law firm. Essentially, if you currently use any software, chances are you can also upgrade to bespoke software, allowing your business to run more efficiently and making your life a whole lot easier.
This article will discuss more on custom software for small businesses, beginning with a little more information on what exactly it is.
What is custom software?
Unlike regular software that requires you to adjust your service and processes to its needs, custom software is built for your business. These custom applications are specifically designed to support your current services and operations, not only increasing efficiency but potentially saving you money in the long run, too.
Bespoke software simplifies your business, and it’s procedures, removing any unnecessary actions and work that may previously have been required. In simple terms, custom software streamlines the backbone of your business – a key determining factor toward your success.
What are the benefits of choosing custom software for small businesses?
There are countless benefits when it comes to choosing custom software over regular, more generic software options. Some of these benefits include:
- Increased ROI
- Potential to save money
- Increased work efficiency
- Improved security
- Unique solutions to your problems
- Greater support for your business
Each of these benefits will now be broken down below in more detail individually.
Often, people assume that custom or bespoke software is much more expensive than generic software. However, even if the cost is slightly more than you currently pay, the increase in efficiency and tailor-made services allow you to run your business more efficiently.
This generates an increased return on investment, not only saving you money, but streamlining your business and potentially creating a greater turnover year on year.
Potential to save money
If your work processes are streamlined, you now require less working hours to adjust current systems or to conduct specific tasks. This saves you money by reducing work hours, with these tasks now automated, whether that’s automatic invoices, emails, or other services. The money saved can be reinvested into your business to generate more income, or who knows, put aside toward your retirement fund.
Increased work efficiency
As previously mentioned, bespoke software allows for an increase in work efficiency. Current manual processes can be replaced with automated ones, whether that’s responding to live chat inquires, emails, or sending and responding to invoices.
You can either save money by reducing working hours or re-invest these hours into another area of your business – further increasing efficiency and working ROI.
Regular software presents a much greater risk of a security breach or hack. This is because the software is not designed for one specific business or process. However, bespoke software is the complete opposite; because it’s so niche, the security is much greater and at less risk of a breach.
Unique solutions to your problems
Finally, custom software provides you with unique solutions to your problems. For instance, if you run a restaurant, you may encounter various service software issues, invoicing errors with your current software, or various other problems.
Hiring a professional to create bespoke software creates unique solutions to your individual problems, not something regular software can achieve.
Greater support for your business
Unlike with other generic systems and software that provide little to no support, when you choose bespoke software not only are likely to run into fewer issues but if you do, a team of experts will be right behind you.
This allows you to worry less regarding current operations, once again increasing efficiency and reducing costs (including repairs).
Custom software is much easier to scale
As your business grows, you will likely find yourself switching and trying out new pieces of software. However, when you choose bespoke software, your software grows and comes with you.
As this is custom created, your existing software can be tweaked slightly, or entirely to fit your new business needs. This is a massive advantage when compared to regular, more “generic” software, and should be taken into account when deciding between the two.
Furthermore, bespoke software does not limit your potential or operations. Instead of creating barriers to progress, it removes these, allowing you to go about business as normal, and as efficiently as possible.
Custom software allows you to combine multiple software and services into one platform or portal. This is not achievable with regular software and gives you the competitive and efficient edge when it comes to running your business.
Multiple pieces of software can be combined, for instance, email services and invoicing, creating a fully automated process. This is just one example of many software integration options, but represents the sheer scale available at your fingertips.
Custom software is no longer exclusively for bigger businesses and corporations. In fact, bespoke software is becoming more and more popular for small businesses, too. Many people seem to think this software is expensive; however, while it may contain a higher upfront cost, it will free up resources elsewhere and generate an improved ROI.
So, whether you run a small cafe by the coast or bread and breakfast in the city centre, custom software is for you, allowing you to free up more resources, increase efficiency, and take your business to the next level.
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