Firstly, we always recommend any new business to work with off-the-shelf software before spending any money on custom software. If you are starting a new business, we are happy to consult with you to set up a solution that will get you set up, with minimal costs, so that you can decide whether the market you are aiming for exists, identify problems you have had with an off-the-shelf product and work with you to create a solution that increases efficiency, removes friction and is scalable with your growing business.
We do this because we have heard too many stories of people investing hundreds of thousands of dollars building new websites and software, that simply did not deliver any return on investment. Creating custom built software is not the key to a successful business. If you think your business needs custom software to be successful, you should consider being a software startup and hire accordingly.
In the majority of digital businesses, efficiency and profitability go hand-in-hand. The quick and correct performance of repetitive tasks, can make all the difference between breaking even and clearing a profit. Fine-tuning a business to eliminate inefficiency is a constant goal and should be done by reinvesting profits into the business. For some businesses, this can mean ditching off-the-shelf software in favour of creating custom software, either as a modification of existing software or something completely new, built for your exact needs.
When to explore a Custom Software solution
But what criteria determine when a customised versus an off-the-shelf solution, is the right choice for your business? If you find yourself asking the following questions about your business, it may be a sign to start looking into the possibility of custom software.
If you answered ‘Yes’ to any of these, you owe it to your business to talk to professionals about developing custom software.
What to look for when getting custom software
You want to look for a company with experienced and skilled developers. Working with unqualified, or under qualified programmers may be cheaper but can cause headaches later on. The Uber app was originally built in Spanish and future developers had to translate it back to English to work on it.
You need programmers who understand the importance of the back end functionality, and not just what works on the front end of an application looks and feels like. Further, look for a company that develops in a methodical manner.
Ask questions when you meet with potential custom software development companies to determine who will best design to your needs. True professionals will welcome your questions and will work with you on a solution that fits your business objectives. Taking time to define your project is integral to the outcome of the finished application and programmers should only work to your specifications.
To ensure that you get a quality, functional application, the team you work with should sit down and discuss how your business currently runs and not try to sell you a one-size fits all solution.
Here at MyNext we have years of experience creating a range of custom software and have been working with people just like you, with defined business goals to create the perfect solution. Feel free to contact us if you want anymore information or think we may be the team to work with you.