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Learn more about different types of software available through Help to Grow: Digital, how to identify what your business needs, and use our step-by-step guide to embrace new ways of working.

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The benefits of going digital for your business

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Digital ways of working can lead to unexpected rewards for your business, including saving time and money and giving you the best chance to compete and grow.

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Introduction to CRM software

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Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software helps you manage your communications with your customers. We explain the main features and benefits.

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Introduction to eCommerce software

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eCommerce software enables you to promote your brand by selling direct from your website. Find out more about the benefits of managing your sales and inventory in real time.

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Introduction to Digital Accounting software

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Digital Accounting software helps you stay on top of your business finances by making it easier to record, store and analyse your data. Find out how accounting software could help your business.

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Step 1: Set objectives for new software

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Before you think about which software to buy, you need to know what problems you want it to solve. Work out why you’re buying it and what you want it to achieve.

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Step 2: Write your requirements list

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Download our checklist to help you draw up a list of the features you need software to have. This will help you compare products and choose the right one for you.

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Step 3: Calculate your software budget

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Download our 2 checklists to help you understand the potential financial benefits and savings, plus the financial costs, you need to consider before buying software.

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Step 4: Buy software with confidence

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Once you know what you can spend on new software, it’s time to talk to suppliers, get quotes and trial some products. Find out the questions to ask and what to watch out for.

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How to compare products

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Having the right software in place is important when it comes to helping your company grow. Here, we explore how you can compare products and choose what’s right for your business.

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Would Digital Accounting suit my business?

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Digital Accounting software can streamline tasks and help you stay on top of your business’ finances, reducing the need for many manual processes. Take a closer look at what this software offers.

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Would CRM suit my business?

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Take a deeper look at the main features of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software. Benefits range from workflow and reporting automation to a 360-degree view of your customers’ activity.

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How to recognise your business needs

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Identifying your business needs is key to understanding how to help it grow. Download and complete our Business Health Check to find out what shape your business is in.

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Would eCommerce suit my business?

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eCommerce software offers more than the ability to sell from your website. Find out more about its features, including an overview of your sales operation and help to create a shopping experience unique to your brand.

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