Your software is more then just a tool it’s a your weapon! You need to be sure that it’s there when you need it and supplies you with all of the force necessary to accomplish your goals. If you are looking to purchase software geared towards the ever growing Multi-Level Marketing or Party Plan industry you need to choose your weapon wisely! There’s a lot of competition out there and having the proper software in place for your business can be the determining factor in who wins the war. Here are some questions to consider when choosing a software provider.
Are you just getting started with your MLM/Party Plan or are you looking to upgrade an established business?
Before you can choose the best software for your business’s needs you need to etablish your business’s requirements. If you’re an established company chances are you’re looking for advanced features that a newer company may not be ready to purchase yet. If you’re just getting started make sure you understand what your basic requirements are before you start to consider a provider:
Tools that a newer company might need:
- Corporate website and replicated websites
- Reliable inventory, order and shipping management
- Company Logo and Branding
- Compensation plan (if you have one is it supported?)
- Marketing materials for your consultants (For example: PowerPoint presentations, printable sales sheets, auto-responders, event management, replicated websites)
- Full support and training
- Reliable and scaleable back office system
- The ability to update and expand your software as your company and it’s needs grow
Tools that a pre-existing company might want to add or update:
- Refreshed website and content need to be updated?
- Are you still on a legacy system?
- Will your full functioning compensation plan be supported?
- Do you need access to extensive and dynamic report creation?
- Do you currently have the ability to create revenue through your consultants replicated websites?
- Are you looking to add Party Plan focused apps like Party Invites, Enhanced Party Settlement options, etc.?
What compensation plan does your MLM/Party Plan use?
Beware that there are a seemingly endless amount of compensation and bonus plan structures in today’s market. Does your company’s structure use more then one of these systems? Do you plan on offering different methods of compensation or potentially changing your plan in the future? Many software companies offer multiple options when it comes to tracking, updating and paying out compensation plans and bonuses. Take the time to research and test the software you are interested in to be sure it will work with your companies established or proposed method. If a provider is offering you a pre-existing plan structure make sure it’s legitimate! Never let a software provider talk you into using a plan that you don’t understand 100%. Your compensation and bonus plans are the muscle structure of your business. It gives you and your consultants the strength, energy and propulsion to move your business forward. Your consultants want to know and understand how they’re going to be paid. Can you blame them? Make sure you (at the very least) have an idea of how you want your structure to operate. Don’t get talked into a plan that you can’t easily explain or understand yourself.
What are the potential needs of your evolving and expanding company and can your software provider meet those needs?
You have a vision, but it may take you a while to see it through. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan ahead. Set as many concrete goals as possible and have a plan in place to help you reach those goals. Plan for your future from the very beginning. Establish where the strengths and weaknesses of your operation exist. Consider what tools you will need to boost the strength of your business. What’s working for you right now? What’s not working? How can you improve your areas of weakness and where should you start? Start by finding a software provider who has experience and can fill your current requirements and offer you the ability to add, update and expand you future requirements. Direct from the box MLM/PP software option is not the best option for companies that need to be able to expand and adapt. If you’re looking for the ability to grow and update the methods your company uses, or create your own, look at companies that will work with you to design a product specifically tuned to fulfill your needs.
Don’t purchase software that doesn’t offer you a demo!
It’s just that simple. Always try before you buy. If a company doesn’t offer you a free demo or trial of their software they may have something to hide. A good provider will jump for joy at the ability to show off what they can do for you.
Wow you got a great deal on that software ….. if only it did what you needed it to do. Take a long hard look at the background of your MLM software provider. Do they stand up to the test of time? Do they have a customer response team in place? Do they provide you with trials or demonstrations of their products? Are they easy to contact? When problems arise are they ready to work with you as a team to find and fix your issues? If not you may want to consider what you’re getting yourself into. You get what you pay for, and in our modern “buyer beware” market you don’t want your chosen software provider to be the reason your company can’t reach its full potential.
Don’t hesitate to contact us today and schedule a free demo so that we at IDSTC can show you how our software solutions can get your company on the path to success!