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Starting a new business is an exciting endeavor filled with lots of opportunity and imagination. Many executive decisions have to take place before the first employee is hired and the first order is fulfilled. Questions about location, whether in person or online, must be answered. How you choose to do business is just as important as where you choose to do business. Hardware and software components will be the lifeblood of a new business and must be carefully selected. 

Functionality
Obviously, the most important feature of business software is that it meets at least one specific business need. In most cases, software applications solve more than one problem effectively and efficiently. Onboarding new employees should be a quick and painless process. 

One common mistake new businesses make when it comes to their software programs is over-customizing the applications. The temptation is to personalize user-defined fields and add pop-up boxes throughout various screens or tabs. However, these custom options could actually reduce the functionality and operating efficiency. Future system updates and administrator fixes could cause customized fields to malfunction. 

Cost-Effective
Many new businesses struggle with financial accountability at the onset. Spending too much money on startup costs is a mistake that could have long-lasting effects. Choose a software program that meets your needs and does not break the budget. Software companies may try to offer products that have the capability to be upgraded over time as the business grows. If you are certain of the future needs and that such a package would likely benefit the longer-term business plan, then make the investment. 

Compatible
When choosing the best software for your startup business, consider who will use your product and how it will be used. If you expect employees or customers to interact with you through a smartphone application, have you confirmed that the software has a mobile-friendly platform? Will you be using multiple applications or software programs to operate? If so, does this software package have the capability to do everything you need? Will it be compatible with other packages or business systems such as printers and database management programs? All of these considerations must be taken into account before choosing a software solution.