Choose the right accounting software
If you think your business may have outgrown your current accounting software solution, it may be time to consider a new system.
Having the wrong accounting software in place can be costly - without a smart, sensible way to keep track of your records, you may not have all the information you need to make effective decisions and grow your business even further.
Many small firms start out with an off-the-shelf software package, which is often a pretty good way to begin. However, these accounting packages may no longer be suitable as your company grows and changes.
If your company is in a high-growth phase, it may be worthwhile to consider an accounting system that goes the extra mile.
How do I know if I should upgrade my accounting software?
Off-the-shelf business software packages can be useful to your start up business but often these software solutions only offer fairly simple payroll and accounting software. You may in fact find that over time you need a solution that offers a little more.
Points to consider include the number of full-time employees that work for your company, your business' growth rate, the number of people who need to work with your business software systems on a regular basis and how many separate business software systems you are currently using.
You'll also want to evaluate how easy it is to get the details you need from your accounting system to make informed business decisions, as well as your overall satisfaction with your current solution.
If, after assessing all these details, you have decided to investigate your options when it comes to accounting software, you'll need to think carefully about the features and services you want.
Choosing the right accounting software
An important first step when it comes to upgrading your business software is to make sure you are well aware of your needs. Documenting your requirements is a great way for you to see where your company can benefit most from a software update and allows you to work with vendors to find a solution that not only suits where you are now, but also your firm's future plans for growth.
Once you have a clear idea of what you need, it is time for you to begin contacting vendors. During this process, it is important to share your list of requirements with your potential software dealer so they can show you different solutions that can help you meet your specific business challenges.
For example, you may be looking for software that is compatible with PDAs and smartphones for workers who are on the move, or you may prefer a customisable solution with add-on modules to help your business perform more efficiently at every stage.
Whatever kind of accounting software you are looking for, it is wise to speak to a few different vendors to get an idea of the various products - and costs - available to meet your needs.
Choosing the right business software vendor
Whether you are looking for point of sale software, inventory software, invoice software or a range of other solutions, you will want to select your software vendor with care & due diligence.
You'll want to evaluate their experience in the industry - years of software sales, support and development under their belt indicate that they are a reputable firm to deal with.
Finally, you should look into the type of support and service on offer - opting for a vendor that can provide reliable assistance across Australia and New Zealand means that you'll be able to get help when you need it.
It is a good idea to investigate whether you are able to contact your vendor directly and whether or not you will be able to contact a dedicated customer service team directly for feedback or assistance.