What can business software actually do for you?

Between an ever-changing landscape and new tech constantly emerging, how we do business is constantly evolving. And with more demands on Kiwi businesses than ever before, now's the time to consider switching up or investing in business software. But, what should you be thinking about when you're shopping around for business software? We cover all that below! 

How Business Software can help your business.

  • Streamline your day-to-day: Say goodbye to repetitive tasks with business software that lets you automate, saving time and reducing human error.
  • Competitive Edge: Become an even fiercer competitor and take on larger businesses when you have the right tools.
  • Scalability: As your business grows and develops, so should your systems and software. Even if you’re not looking to grow, business software can free up your time or make you an even slicker organisation - what’s not to love about that?
  • Data Insights: Many platforms provide valuable data and analytics, giving you easy access to insights that can improve operations, your offering and intel about your industry and competition.

What to consider when evaluating business software?

While no business is the same and your needs will differ depending on your industry, size and goals, here are a few things to keep in mind when shopping around for business software.

1. Your specific needs

Take a step back and look at your business as a whole, consider where you are now, what you want to achieve and what needs to happen in order to get there. A couple of questions worth asking are:

  • What are your day-to-day tasks? 
  • What do you need help with? (e.g. accounts, invoicing, scheduling) 
  • Do you have any big projects coming up? 
  • What's your current software missing?
  • How much could new software save you and how much are you willing to spend?
  • Compatible with New Zealand regulations. 

Zooming in and out will help you fill in the blanks and get a better understanding of what your new software needs to do. 

2. Features and Functionality

Now you know what gaps your software needs to plug in, make a list of the features and functionality you would like. These should align with your goals and address the functions you identified previously. For example, if you need a new way to manage your customers, look for a CRM. Want to create and post content for a month in one go? Look for a social scheduling solution. Need a way to distribute jobs and communicate with your team? Look for a project or team-based solution. 

3. Scalability

Whether you're already an established business or a fresh startup, you want a solution that works for your business now and in the future. A solution that gives you the freedom and flexibility to grow your business, not hold you back as you outgrow it. Avoid quick fixes and solutions that lack the space to grow. 

4. Ease of use

We are big believers in making things easy, your software needs to be easy to set up, easy to use and seamlessly integrate into your day-to-day. Look for solutions that are easy to use for you and your team, and let you get behind the wheel with a demo to see how it works.

5. Support!

Don't be left high and dry, ensure your software has support appropriate for you and your business. For Kiwi businesses, this means comprehensive 24/7 support that you can access day or night. 

Not sure where to start?

Book a callback and chat with one of our Yellow Experts for some personalised advice on what could work best for you.