One of the most common questions our team is asked about custom software development is, does it require consistent investment? When considering the cost of custom software, this is something you’ll want to keep in mind. However, the good news is that it can be a much more cost-effective solution than using off-the-shelf software. In this article, we will discuss what you can expect when undertaking a custom software development project with our team. We will also explore how custom software can be a great financial investment for your company.

If you’re not already familiar with custom software development (also called bespoke software development) find out more here.

The initial cost of software development

You don’t have to be a large company with a massive IT budget to benefit from custom software. In fact, many smaller companies find this to be an excellent option instead of purchasing generic business software. Generic business software often has missing features you require, but slso has many features you just won’t use. BSPOKE Software’s team can work with you to understand your budget and needs. Drilling down to discover your essential requirements, can save you thousands of development pounds.

The long-term cost and savings

Custom software development can cost a little more upfront, however, in the long term, you’ll find it offers many savings. Instead of having to purchase new software every few years, you’ll have a solution that can grow with your business. You may need small upgrades or additions to your custom software, this usually costs far less than buying new software. ROI can take a few years but, in the long run custom software is often cheaper than off-the-shelf, and offers so many other great benefits.

A fully customisable solution

As your custom software is fully designed for your needs, you won’t find it requires as much investment in the future. Initially, our team will take the time to understand your requirements and put them in place from the get-go. If there are certain systems in your workplace that you are looking to make more efficient, custom software development may be the answer. A custom software system will be designed to increase your productivity and improve the working situation.

No previous experience needed

When you work with a team of professional software developers, your team doesn’t need to have any experience or knowledge about working with custom software. Even if it’s your first time employing custom software, we can guide you through the process from start to finish. It doesn’t matter about your team’s technical knowledge either. Once your software is released we can help you to implement it within your business and train your staff to ensure a smooth transition.

Reduced training time

Another great saving you’ll make with custom software is with regards to the time you save. Software tailored to your business will be much easier to show to new team members. Each part of a custom software system is dedicated to your workflows, making your processes clear to your staff. You’ll find it much easier and more enjoyable during the onboarding process. New employees, will also be impressed with the time and effort you’ve put into creating this for your team.

No license costs

Unlike off-the-shelf software, custom software doesn’t require you to renew licenses each year and pay costly annual fees. This is a hassle for business owners, especially when they suddenly find their system stops working. Instead, you’ll have a piece of software that only needs updates and upgrades when you require them.

Choose when to add new features

Depending on your company’s current budget constraints, you may not be in a position to add dozens of features at the start of your custom software journey. If that’s the case, you don’t have to worry about this, as you can just return to working with our team at any point when you are ready to add new features. This is the great thing about custom software development, as you can adapt it to fit your company’s current needs. If your business expands over the upcoming years or you need to add new features, you’ll find it much easier to do this with custom software. Companies using generic software, often find when they expand that they need to purchase new software. This comes with an overhead of having to retrain your staff and make the new software work with the old.

In Summary

Companies of any size will find that custom software can be cost-effective. Custom software as opposed to generic software doesn’t require constant investment. In the long run, most companies that employ custom software save time, energy, and money.

Our team will be more than happy to help you on your next software development project, and even if it’s your first time creating a piece of custom software, we’ll be here to guide you through the process from start to finish. Contact us today for more information and to discuss any questions about how software development can help your business.