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How to save money on small business software

If you operate a small business, price will almost certainly be a factor when purchasing new computer software. While it shouldn’t be the only thing you consider, there’s nothing wrong with thinking of creative ways to save money on business software.

Most businesses (even small ones) use more than one computer for business purposes, which means they will need to purchase more than one software license. Most major software vendors, including Microsoft, offer some kind of open license program, which allows buyers to get volume discounts when purchasing applications for multiple different computers.

Besides cost, another advantage of open licenses is that you won’t have to deal with multiple disk sets and software boxes. You are provided with a master set of disks, which can be loaded on the number of computers specified by the license.

Another point to consider in your quest to save on software is technical support. Try to purchase applications from a provider that offers favorable support terms, including free installation assistance support for the first few months. After this support period expires, it’s a good idea to encourage your employees to seek out numerous sources of technical support, rather than immediately calling the vendor. Internet newsgroups and forums, for example, can be very beneficial and a great place for your employees to learn.

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