It is a difficult question. Finding the time to take a step back and review your business is not easy to find.
If your volume of work were to increase by 10 or 20 %, how would your current setup cope? Would you need to recruit? If you need to recruit is a 10 or 20% increase in business enough to cover that new expense?
What if, instead, you were to improve your business setup by introducing bespoke business software? This allows you to completely tailor your software based tasks around your processes. In reality, this means that you don’t need to use paper and spreadsheets to tie things together.
This increased productivity allows your business to respond quickly and effectively to changes in workload. Because your processes are embedded into the software, you can take more of a step back from the day to day. You will have time to reflect on your business and where it is going.
What is the point of that without the necessary information? Well, with bespoke software, you have full comprehensive, real-time reporting on all aspects of your business. All of these are available at the click of a button. No waiting for someone to put numbers together on a spreadsheet. A spreadsheet that will be out of date, and quite possibly inaccurate. Also, a spreadsheet that will have been prepared by someone who could have been doing something more useful.
With bespoke software, you have all your relevant business data in one place and in a standard format. This allows you to query and pull out reports simply and quickly. You have the overview and the detail. You can look into the detail to pinpoint specific problems, and the overview to give you the information for strategic decisions.
At some point, as your business grows, you will need to make the leap to bespoke busines software. The sooner you make that profound and profitable change, the sooner you will be able to reap the rewards. Lower running costs, staff released to perform value adding activities and full comprehensive reporting for management and directors.
I would encourage you to find out more about bespoke software engineers known to your business network and to start to build a relationship with them. They will be glad to visit you and give you an objective appraisal of just what this change in your business’s software would achieve. Check out their website testimonials to find out what previous clients had to say.
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The purpose of software is to automate manual tasks. With Bespoke Software, your systems are designed precisely around your business. Therefore, the tasks are automated fully. You do not need to have work-arounds on pieces of paper.
Reporting is comprehensive and real-time, so you can leave behind fiddling with spreadsheets trying to make the data useful. With the click of a button you will have all the information you need to run your business.
As custom software is specific to your business, your staff will not need as much training as they would with off the shelf software which is generic and a one size fits all approach.
Your staff will be freed from non value adding activities. This will allow them to concentrate on their key skills to generate greater productivity and profitability for your organisation. Many businesses are inadvertently paying their staff to learn Excel spreadsheets because their business software and systems are not optimised.
Bespoke software will help you optimise your business’s processes. This leads to greater productivity for the organisation as a whole. With this greater productivity you will be better placed to meet growing demand as your business expands. This reduces your requirement to engage new staff.
With custom software and optimised processes, your business will be capable of satisfying bigger workloads. When business is busy and growing you will have the capability to meet this demand. When times are quiet you will not have staff to find work for or, unfortunately, to make redundant.
With this increased automation and improved processes whilst keeping your headcount down will save you money. You will only need to pay once for your bespoke software. It has the possibility to transform how your business operates.
It also allows you the owner or director to be able to take a step back from day to day activities. This can often be a welcome relief. It also gives you the time and space to know that your business is running effectively and efficiently without your constant monitoring. And you now have the breathing space to examine your business’s fundamentals and plan for the future. Your real-time comprehensive reporting will give you all the information you need without having to distract one of your employees, or yourself, with having to cobble together numbers from a variety of spreadsheets.
You may have in the back of your mind that bespoke software is expensive and complicated. With modern development tools, bespoke software is no longer only applicable to large corporations, they are very affordable for all sizes of business. The process of implementing bespoke software can be made easy by engaging a software engineer with good credentials.
I hope this short summary of the benefits of bespoke software will help you to see that it could save you money and help your business to succeed.
Is your business growing? It probably seems that you will need to take on more staff to fulfil this welcome extra demand. But is that so?
You may be asking yourself, how will your office systems cope with a greater workload. Will you have more spreadsheets and paper systems, covering the gaps like a sticking plaster?
You could solve all your problems at once with bespoke software. Bespoke software will reduce your need for additional staff by increasing the productivity of existing staff, and yourself. Your processes and procedures will be locked in to your software meaning goodbye to spreadsheets and other work-arounds.
Customised reporting will give you real-time comprehensice information to help you guide your business. And your staff will be guided through their workflow by your custom software.
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One of the easiest mistakes to make when implementing new software in your business is to not involve your staff. If you have engaged the right kind of software engineer, your staff do not need to know about IT. They just need to know about how your business works. After all, they see how things work from very close up, day after day. They will know about the little things that they have to do to get the job done that might not be known by others. Continue reading