Our beloved 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, had an amazing way with words. Let’s have a look at some of his best quotations, and how they can apply to your accounting software search.
“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” -- Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of preparation. This quote can also apply to your software search. The most important part of a software search is not in the free demo trial or your conversation with the vendors (though those things are important). The most important part is in the research you do before even looking at any software. It used to be easy finding an accounting system because there were very few to choose from. Now, there are hundreds of software packages available, each of them unique, ranging from ‘FREE’ to $100k+. Do your research about various software companies. Find out whether their features, service options, training, etc. will enhance your processes. Look at their web site and marketing materials, and read customer reviews. Then you can narrow your search down to a short list of vendors and be confident when making that first call.
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.” -- Abraham Lincoln
These famous words from Lincoln lend themselves well to an accounting software search. When selecting a new accounting system, be sure to gather input from everyone who uses or is affected by the system. Without asking for everyone’s input, how would you know that the shipping team needs a new kind of packing slip, the warehouse team needs a better way to track inventory, or the accounts receivable team needs a better report for collections? By including everyone in the search process, you will gain knowledge that results in a system that would be beneficial to everyone. After all, a company divided by accounting software may stand, but it won’t be pleasant, and it won’t run as efficiently as it could.
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” -- Abraham Lincoln
Once you have selected an accounting software system, you should feel confident in your choice (as long as you’ve put in the time and effort to research carefully). Installing a whole new system can be challenging at times, but it will be worth the additional time and energy to solve the problems that led you to your search in the first place. So if there are problems to solve along the way, stand firm in your decision, and encourage other users to do the same. Also be sure to trust in the help provided to you by your new accounting software vendor. They work with new customers often, and are a vital resource to help get you through the transition.