Software is becoming a borderline indispensable part of not only our personal lives, but also of how we engage with companies and businesses. For the individual, or for someone considering branching out into some custom software for their business, there are a few common myths about the process that we’re going to try and shed some light on!
It’s prohibitively expensive
Not every piece of software will require the complexity and power to launch a space shuttle into orbit. If you’re trying to do something relatively conventional like creating an online store for your business, or perhaps a backend for your application’s database, it doesn’t need to cost an arm and a leg. As long as you’re not trying to add too many bells and whistles, the investment of having giving your company an extra platform will pay itself off in no time.
It has to be perfect before it gets launched
The idea of having a perfect, pristine piece of software done and dusted before you put it out to be used is nice, but impractical. Rather come up with an MVP (minimal viable product) that has the essential functionality you want rather than insisting on the whole nine yards. For instance, if you’re launching an online store for your business, focus on letting customers view and order products first – then afterwards focus on making it attractive and adding auxiliary functions.
The most superior technology is vital
While it’s nice to have the most up to date technology when it comes to most things, it can turn into a pricy affair when it comes to software development. Carefully considering the essential tasks you want your software to perform and stick religiously to them to avoid headaches for yourself and the developer you’re collaborating with. Don’t try and find money for a massive, intricate piece of software if you’re trying to achieve simple tasks. As the saying goes, ‘don’t use a $5 word when a $1 word will do’ – don’t go overboard with software if something simpler will work just as well.
Once the software is live the project is complete
This would be nice and convenient if it were true, but due to the rapid advancement of software and operating systems, it’s unfortunately not. Keeping your software current is an ongoing task, as programs update and your customers may require additional functions. Prepare yourself to keep trying to improve the software, and also to make accommodation for updates to ensure it performs acceptably on the operating systems of the devices your customers will be using.
Software can be bug free
Is it possible? Sure, but it’s relatively unlikely if you’re going for something more intricate and complex. Building on the previous point, working out bugs goes hand in hand with improving your software and getting it to function at an optimal level. As long as the bugs aren’t catastrophic, it’s not the end of the world when they pop up, keep an eye out for them and test the functions of your software yourself to see if there are any irregularities that pop up.
Getting into software for a business can be a bit of scary step to take, but the prospective boost it can be to cash flow is significant. If it’s something you’ve had on your mind for your own company and don’t quite know where to start, get in touch with the team at My Online Presence and they’ll be able to help you through the process and get closer to your own business-boosting software!
Jeremy is the Editor of MenStuff and has worked as a professional journalist at SA Rugby magazine, MyBroadband, MyGaming, and written for FHM and TGF Tech. Every now and then, with promises of cake we manage to lure him over to the WomenStuff offices to share his wisdom with us.