Have you made the decision to switch to the use of accounting software for your business?
Good idea! It’s totally worth it.
Accounting software is essential for running a healthy business. The benefits of using accounting software for your small business are far too many than the cost.
For every business owner, particularly a small business owner, choosing accounting software without thoughtful consideration is never a good idea. It is critical to have the right accounting software.
Why? You do not want to invest in accounting software now, only for you to realize later on that the accounting software is unable to perform certain tasks it should ideally perform.
Without thinking far, you already know the implication of such action – it’s either you end up struggling with the software or you incur more costs by switching to different software.
Choosing the best accounting software for your business may seem like a bit of work for you. Hence, to help simplify the process and assist you in making the right decision, we have put together key factors to consider when choosing accounting software for your small business.
Now, let’s dive into it.
- Scope of Business
Before anything, your needs matter. Make a checklist of the core accounting tasks your business needs and see if the software can perform the required tasks. It’s good if the selected accounting software ticks all the boxes. But it’s even better when you factor in growth and expansion as well.
In a couple of years when your business begins to expand, with higher volumes of transactions involved of course; would this software still be able to handle the accounting tasks perfectly? So, it’s best to check what upgrades you will need in the near future and choose the software that can grow with your business.
An Enterprise software such as Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central was built and designed to meet the needs of any business size and any business industry. What this means is that BMAC Cloud Accounting Software can handle your small business accounting needs and will still perfectly handle your accounting needs when your business starts to expand.
- Ease of Use
Ease of use is a must. No one likes complexities. Let’s come down to your business – I mean, one of the major reasons you are considering an accounting or enterprise software in the first place is so you can run your business with ease. Accounting software should make your life easier, not difficult.
So, the question is, how do you detect easy-to-use accounting software?
Simplicity: with zero accounting knowledge, you should be able to navigate through the software features and perform the basic accounting tasks as fast as possible, without any problem.
A dashboard feature: that allows a new or existing user to access any feature at a click. You should also be able to know how your business is performing financially immediately.
Receipt/Payment feature: you can easily see the cash inflow to the business, or outflow over a period of use.
Invoicing: Ability to invoice customers and track sent invoices.
Financial reporting: Get financial reports in a detailed, yet easy-to-understand format; and can be generated at the click of a button.
One software that remains friendly and easy to use for business owners with little to no accounting knowledge is the Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central.
- User Security
If you have employees or planning to expand, then you need to consider user security. Here’s why – you will have several employees using the accounting software, and you should be able to define what each user can see or do.
- Bank Compatibility
Not all accounting software allows integration with your bank. The standard ones will allow integration with your bank. For instance, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central gets all business transactions made to your bank. You can even add up to 3 bank accounts and get reports when needed. This way, you can save a lot of time doing bank reconciliations.
- Cloud-based Application
Outside of business, you have your personal life to worry about. At the same time, you want to make sure your business is performing well. Therefore, you should look out for accounting software that offers you easy access to your business financial information on the go.
Additionally, cloud-based accounting software is a great way to collaborate with your employees or accountant/bookkeeper to speed up business operations. Your access to your business’s financial data on the go will let you make better business decisions.
Of course, at this stage of your business, price should be a determining factor.
Would you prefer a cheap software with very limited functionalities or a priced software that provides you with all the features your business actually needs?
At this point, you can do a price comparison to see which of the potential software you can afford. In all of these, be sure to look into the features as well. Don’t get carried away focusing on the price that you forget to check if the potential software will satisfactorily meet your business accounting needs.
- Data Security
If you are finally saying goodbye to the outdated and insecure book & pen lifestyle, and embracing the use of accounting software, then it is only right that such software can be relied upon to protect your financial information. Right?
Therefore it’s important to consider accounting software that stores your business’ financial information in the cloud. That way, you never have to worry about losing your business financial records.
Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is built on Azure Cloud. for example, stores all your financial records in the cloud, making them accessible to you only. This means no external person, not even Zetamind, can access your financial records.
- Customer Support
What happens when you get stuck while using the accounting software? Would you get the needed assistance? Therefore, support is a crucial factor to consider when choosing accounting software.
No matter how easy an application is, a time will always come when you will need IT assistance. So, you should opt for an accounting solution that offers adequate and quality support.
If a software company claims to offer adequate support, a simple way to assess the quality of support is to reach out to the customer support number and see how your inquiries are being attended to. We are Zetamind Consulting Limited offers 100% customer service and we also have a technical support team to advice and implement Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central solutions to meet your specific needs.
Take Your Time Before Buying Accounting Software
Clearly, deciding to use accounting software for your business is a big step. The list of considerations that needs to be factored in order to select the right accounting software may be overwhelming as well. To be factual, you just need to take your time.
And if you don’t have the luxury of time, Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, comes highly recommended and we at Zetamind Consulting Limited are a Microsoft partner that offer implementation and support to businesses across Nigeria and Africa.
Hundreds of businesses (including small businesses) prefer and trust Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central to handle their accounting for every reason, ranging from simplicity & ease-of-use to a robust offering of features and functionality, to security.
You do not have to take our word for it though, you can try it out for free for 30 days and see if it’s right for your business needs.
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