The small firm must undergo a business system design process.

Understand the requirements first, review existing processes and tools next, develop a thorough requirements statement of what must be done in the way of enhancements and then consider automating. While performing your analysis keep the following 5 rules of thumb in mind:

1. An electronic computer software package or service is not a system. One cannot acquire a system by acquiring them.

2. One acquires a system by conducting systems analysis, achieving a design and processes by working with the people who will run the system. This is hard work and time consuming. Processes are improved and made more efficient by modifying user behavior not by automating it.

3. Once system and analysis and system design are complete one chooses tools to assist in running the system. The adequacy of a computer tool or service is driven by the requirements of the most efficient system design.

4. The biggest mistake implementation teams make is to believe they are buying a system when they buy a software tool or service or let the software drive the systems analysis process. That is like asking a mechanic to drive a wrench from New York to St. Louis. It has resulted in millions of dollars wasted and plummeting efficiency in many organizations, large and small.

5. It is necessary to design a system and processes unique to the company to meet user requirements before going shopping for computer tools or services. If you do not you will be pigeon-holing your company into a COTS mentality and become a slave to the company that owns the source code. If you want anything changed it costs a big buck.
A lot of small businesses fail to implement and integrate a system that works with their brand.

We see this often when it comes to tackling the online aspect of their business. It's difficult to piece multiple softwares and tools together.. You'll end up with a Frankenstein type of monster at the end of it all :')

We offer Integrated Marketing System's to Small Businesses and help them define their goals, assign their budgets, integrate the proper channels to maximize outreach and track the results.

So... What am I getting to?

At the end of the day, every small business should focus on generating more traffic, leads and ultimately sales. So take apart these three components and look at how you can generate more scale in each.
Small businesses usually decide to use ready SAAS order management systems as they are cheap and fit their requirements.

Many industry giants offer basic plans for small businesses. They usually include a limited set of features and fit the demands of the companies.

InFlow, for example, offers 100 products and customers proceeding for free. There is a limited number of built in reports and a multi-user mode. Managing multiple locations, sales and purchase orders, barcode scanning is also possible. Among the disadvantages - there are no integrations and no synchronization available.

Zoho inventory service allows to proceed a limited number of orders online and offline, every plan includes several shipping labels. If you run out of orders, the work doesn’t stop - you can just order another 50 orders and labels for a small fee. Multi-user mode and various integrations are available.

Order Desk is a good choice for small businesses. It charges a small fee for every order, which seems to be pretty attractive when you don’t have thousands of them. Order Desk also offers a lot of integrations and a very helpful support, which is important for non-techs.

Personally, for my business, I think I prefer a custom solution. Because I can save the budget for the future, creating for myself what is most suitable for me, now I look closely, interested in such successful projects.
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