Why are SMBs punished when it comes to software purchases?
In the second of his SMB-focused column, Jason Slater looks at the issue of software purchasing costs.
In the last article Starting out in business is the real game, I talked about setting up a technology company and finished up saying that the challenge of acquiring hardware and software, together with the added challenge of working from home would be next up, so here goes.
Firstly, let's deal with the software. This pretty much drives the hardware purchase so it has to come first - and what an eye-opening experience it is. It is really quite surprising how much a small business seems to get punished on the software-purchasing front. No home, academic, or other discounts here, no value licences either -less than five users - so it's retail boxed software all the way I'm afraid, And it doesn't come cheap, which really gets you thinking about, if you'll pardon the pun, out-of-the-box solutions.
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