Are your SW applications up-to-date?
A major problem for independent contractors, retail stores and small businesses and individuals working out of one location, is that they rely on various software programs for their livelihood. For instance – with interior designers, and professions that use a CAD-type of software, the software is very expensive ($4,000-$8,000). An important issue is that in order to continue to get updates, they must have a support contract.
Contractors, plumbers, and electricians should be using QuickBooks or some type of accounting software to keep track of payments, receivables, as well as a database of their customers.
The bottom line is to be prepared for disaster. Keep your licenses up-to-date. Make sure you have support and if necessary have the software on hand, in case you need to reinstall. If your SW files get corrupted, the vendor will help you download the missing files – or the product – but you need to give them the correct licensing information or else the communication with the vendor will be frustrating and even more expensive.
This sounds like a lot of work and it is, but the consequence of not having the right information and software can be bleak. Backing up the data is important too, but you can’t back up your software applications.
Your business relies on organization, records, and preparation in case of a disaster.