Entrepreneurs are often overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices of business software, programs, apps and systems that are available on the web today. Even if you are a techie, it can be overwhelming with each application claiming that they are better or do more than the competition. They also run the gamut of price points. Does the savvy entrepreneur go for the cheapest to save money during start up? Or do you go ahead and “bite the bullet” and purchase the shiny, expensive program?
Neither choice is good business; both are setting you up for disappointment. If you choose the cheapest one for budget reasons, you are very likely to find it doesn’t do everything you need and it doesn’t grow with your business. A year from now, when your startup has grown, you need to get a different system, or an additional system and incur setup costs and training. On the other hand, if you decide to buy the pricey software with all the bells and whistles, you will find out that you either have to take a lot of training or outsource the management of the system to a professional. You may in fact discover that 50% of the functions you thought you had to have are, in fact, useless.
How do you find the right system? Most people start out by asking friends or colleagues. Unfortunately your friends may not have a similar business and what works for them may not work for you. Colleagues are good for suggesting systems they use but their needs may be different than yours as well. Now you go online to the websites of the apps you are considering. You should consider this information as you would any advertising. They are, of course, only going to tell you how great their product is and how it is the only one for you.
Take a deep breath, grab yourself a drink and browse over to Cloudswave. It is a business software platform designed to help small to medium business owners and managers make the right decision when it comes to the software tools they will need in order to improve their daily operations. It has over 2000 web-based and desktop applications in various categories so you should be able to find what you need. For example, if you are looking for a Customer Relationship Management system, you can browse their software category list, find CRM and click on it. You will then find a variety of software. It doesn’t stop there though.
As you look through the listings, you will see they are very comprehensive. They have a description from the company, demos, screenshots, pricing plans and even coupons on select products. Apart from the software deals, what sets Cloudswave apart is their reviews. You will find expert reviews as well as user reviews. The Cloudswave team searches the internet for professionals who have extensive knowledge of the software they review. These reviews are detailed, clearly discussing the various features offered, the advantages/disadvantages, the “bottom line.” Once the reviews are entered into the system and validated, a Cloudswave Score is assigned. This is weighted average score which means that some factors used to compute the final score are given more or less weight than other factors. Once you have narrowed your choices to the best two or three, you can get a side by side comparison on the site.
Cloudswave is a great time saver for entrepreneurs and business alike. Check it out today and let me know in the comments how you liked it.