Making the investment into new software can be a real challenge, especially if you’re not technically minded.  Make sure you do your homework and don’t get carried away by empty promises of features that are ‘coming soon’ in the software will help you to make a strategic and informed choice which will help to power your agency’s growth.  We’ve put together a list of seven things you need to consider before signing on the dotted line….

  1. Make sure the software has the features you need. Really think about your business processes and which ones could be made simpler with a wise investment in new technology. If you find software that does SOME of what you need but not ALL then keep looking – there’s likely to be a solution out there.
  2. Are they a reliable provider? Whilst many software companies start out very small (remember Amazon was once a desk in a home office), it’s important to make sure you invest in a software platform that’s going to be around for the foreseeable future. Do your due-diligence, check them out on Companies House and make sure that they are stable financially.
  3. What support will you get? Make sure there is a support team in place that you can have access to during your core business hours.  Check to see if the support function is available within the license of your software or whether this is an extra cost.  You might need additional support during the set up phase so this is worth checking too.
  4. Is it easy to implement? You might need to go through a process of cleansing your existing data and you’ll need to think about how to import this into your new software solution.  The last thing you want to do is manually re-enter the data again, especially if you’ve got years’ worth of data to transfer over.  Ask your software supplier what the lead-time is to implement your new software.
  5. Do they protect your data? This is essential and it might be worth getting a second opinion if technology isn’t your strong point.  A cloud base system is one of the safest ways to store your data (as well as being super-accessible and easy to maintain and update), so check out how your software is hosted.
  6. Is the system compliant? Particularly important in the recruitment sector, a system that meets your legislative responsibilities is critical, including AWR, IR35 and Off-payroll solutions.
  7. Will the software grow with your business? There’s no doubt that investing in the right software will make your business more efficient and power business growth.  However, after investing in new software, the last thing you want Is to have to go through it all again as you’ve outgrown it!  Think about your agency’s long-term plans and make sure you’re investing in a platform that will support you for the next 3-5 years. 

We hope that this post has helped you to think about what you need to consider before investing in software.  Find out how Evertime SaaS can power your agency’s growth by watching this video.  For an initial conversation with one of our Evertime Experts about how we can manage your contractor Pay & Bill, get in touch with the team on 0844 686 8360.

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Trafalgar Way
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3BN
©2019 Eden Outsource Limited
Company Reg: 04384396
VAT Number: 795281783
©2019 Eden Outsource Limited
Company Reg: 04384396
VAT Number: 795281783
Tuscam House
Trafalgar Way
Camberley
Surrey
GU15 3BN

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