Before you choose a Workshop Management Software there are a few things you need to consider…
So as a Workshop owner, what do you need to look for? Is it price? Features? Support?
Workshop Mate has put together 5 things you need to look at to choose the best Workshop Management Software.
1. Ensure the Software is Mechanic Industry Specific
The first and most important thing you need to do is choose a Mechanic Industry Specific, Management Software. Many businesses make the mistake of choosing a standard mass used management software only to find out it may not be compatible to their business’s unique needs.
You need to ensure that the management software that your Workshop chooses caters for Auto Repair Management. It is important to ask the provider about their features, if they cater for vehicle repairs and how they can best help your business. There is no point having a management software if it doesn’t do what you need it to do.
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2. The Software Needs to Be Easy to Use
An all too familiar mistake that so many businesses continue to make is choosing a software that is hard to use and to operate. The problem with doing choosing a complex software is it increases the risk of making an error and causes issues when staff move on.
The management software that your Workshop chooses needs to be simple and easy to use. Mechanics should instantly know how to access different sections of the program without needing any major training.
Think about the world’s top software’s, Microsoft Office, Google Chrome etc., even if you have never used the software, you will still have a fair idea of how to operate it, without needing any major assistance – that’s what your management software needs to be like!
The benefit of having an easy-to-use software implemented is it makes it easier for mechanics to perform their jobs and also helps with situations like when you bring on new staff.
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3. The Software Needs to Meet your Shops Unique Needs
Every business is different. It is important that you choose a Workshop Management Software that meets your shops unique needs.
Before choosing a software, it is important that you understand what you need the software to do and what you want to get out of the software. Once you understand that, speak to the different providers, and see which one best suits your individual needs. You need to ensure that your software is an assistance tool not a hinderance to workshop performance.
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4. Available Support
This point is so important! Many businesses tend to overlook the importance of having fast and available support. Your Workshop will need to have fast access to support if and when something unplanned happens with the software.
There are always going to be unplanned issues when it comes to software. That’s why the support package that software provider offers is so important. Before choosing a provider talk to them about their support options. Some providers only offer support via email and in urgent situations could keep your shop offline for hours or days on end and in the Auto Repair industry time is money.
5. Will Grow with your Workshop
This is arguably the most important point. The Workshop Management Software that your Workshop chooses ultimately needs to help your shop grow.
The aim of having a Workshop Management Software is to reduce your time spent working in the business instead of on the business. In saying that, your Workshop Management Software needs to grow as you grow; you don’t want to experience any limitations that hinder your growth.
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The Workshop Management Software that you choose will play a major role in performance and determining success. The 5 points mentioned above are a few essential things that all Workshop owners need to look at before choosing a Workshop Management System.
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About Workshop Mate,
Workshop Mate by Jeal is an Australian, Web-based, Workshop Management Software that simplifies and automates the daily tasks of running a mechanical Workshop. Using innovative technologies, Workshop Mate removes common frustrations experienced at the Workshop – opening your doors for future growth.
Workshop Mate features include Job Management, Stock Management, Quotes, Invoicing, Integrated Accounting, Barcoding, Customer Bookings, Service History, Job Allocation and more – in the one central, easy-to-use application.
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