Essential software for small to medium-sized businesses

Entering the business marketplace is a daunting venture. You have to stand out from the crowd by offering your clientele something that they can't get elsewhere, or for the same price.
Computer software can play a huge role in how you start up your business, organise it, handle the information you are given and can ultimately help expand your business.
However, with so much software out there on the market for businesses, you need to know where to start, and where to go next. Perhaps the following suggestions will help you determine what you need now, and what you might need next.

Start-ups: for businesses with 1-9 employees and 1-4 computers
In the beginning, you don't need to be thinking about cloud-computing, back-up servers and remote connection software. For now, you just need the basics, and well, there are certainly a few.
  • Endpoint security systems are a must for any business. It's essential you keep your company safe and secure from viruses or hackers. This really goes without saying.
  • You'll need to get everyone running off the same operating systems and operating off a basic network. These don't have to be complicated to start, and you might get away with sharing company documents via email in the early days.
  • An office suite that includes word processing software, spreadsheet software and an email client will be necessary to get you off the ground. Choosing this from a big company, like Microsoft, is a good idea because most people are familiar with these systems.
Small-sized business: for businesses with 1-49 employees and 4-24 computers
  • By this point, you might want to consider investing in HR software to manage your employees working hours, contact addresses and payroll processing information. Automating these tasks on the computer is much easier than doing this by hand.
  • customer relationship management system (CRM) similarly will be able to cut down on the amount of resources you might be dedicated to inputting information into a non-bespoke solution elsewhere.
  • You could also now consider moving aspects of your business to the cloud, or enabling your employees to access company tools remotely - perhaps like office suites - from outside of the building.
Medium-sized business: for businesses with 50+ employees and 25+ computers
The company operations are getting so large now that you might be losing stock of how up-to-date your computer systems are, or how they're running; which patches need applying and so on. Investing in asset management software could be a good move. This will take stock of all kinds of IT infrastructure.
• Collaboration tools might be able to better tie together the work of employees working on cross-departmental projects, from anywhere in the organisation too

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