Maybe your business has a site, and you’re finding that it’s just not flexible enough to accommodate your needs. Or perhaps you’re looking to purchase operational software to increase efficiency, but the out-of-the-box software available doesn’t quite align with your existing operations.
Sometimes, out-of-the-box software is all too comparable to a ‘one size fits all’ t-shirt: It usually doesn’t work for everybody, and that’s okay. That’s why there are other options available, like custom software.
Custom software is exactly what it sounds like: software designed with your business in mind. Unlike mass-produced software, or that one size fits all t-shirt, custom software is tailored to meet your needs.
Still unsure about going down the custom software rabbit hole? If one of the following categories applies to you, you might consider taking that leap.
1. You have unique business needs.
If your business is out of the ordinary, there should be no question as to whether custom software is the right choice for you. For unique business needs, there may not even be out-of-the-box software available to meet your expectations.
There’s no reason to try and mold your business model to fit with the software that’s available: Your software should accommodate your business’s pre-existing style and workflow, so that your business can grow and improve with its help.
2. Out-of-the-box software will cost you more.
Generally speaking, out-of-the-box software is the most inexpensive option for businesses to pursue, but does inexpensive always mean cost effective? Well, it depends.
The word ‘box’ implies that your business’s needs will have to fit within certain parameters in order for the software to properly mesh with your existing workflow. In many cases, this means manipulating your business practices, or the software, to make things work.
If you feel that you could end up wasting time and money trying to accommodate software that isn’t quite the right fit, you may save by simply building software that meets your business’s needs from the get-go.
3. You want to get ahead of the competition.
Whether in business, or your personal life, it’s often said that to get ahead of the competition, you need to set yourself apart. In any case, cookie-cutter software isn’t going to do that for you, especially if a majority of your business takes place online.
If you run an e-commerce business, you’ll need a site that can appeal to and accommodate customer needs in a way that perhaps your competitors’ sites don’t. This is where the edge offered only by customization can come into play and put you one step head.
4. You need the flexibility to grow and change.
There’s one thing that mass produced software definitely doesn’t have: the capacity to support future change and growth over time. To support a growing content load or user base, for instance, you’ll need the scalability that only custom software can provide.
Even if you don’t need the support for a heavy content load now, for example, if you’re anticipating exponential growth in the future, it’s better to prepare now than to wait. You don’t have go to the full nine yards now: Simply build a strong foundation for the future.
How do I get custom software?
Custom software might be the answer you’ve been looking for. You can finally stop trying to fit your business into a box and have something built for you. When you’re ready to take the plunge and go custom, you’ll need a team with the knowledge and skill set to do it.
At ClikFocus, we’re ready to build the software you need to get your business where you’d like it to be. Share your vision with us, and we’ll make it a reality for you.
To get started, contact us now.