Friday, October 31, 2014

Small Businesses are the Big Winners with On-Demand SaaS

One hardly knows all the expenses that will be incurred when starting up their own business… There is so much to think about, so much to plan: Where will the business be located, how many employees should be hired, what equipment needs to be purchased, and – most importantly – is there enough money for everything?

Normally the last thing on the small business owner’s mind will be software, if the business is not technology-related. Unfortunately, many small businesses end up loosing productivity or revenue potential due to the prohibitive cost of software licenses.

Software as a Service (SaaS) changed the game. By charging a per-user monthly subscription, it became easier for small businesses to afford taking advantage of state-of-the-art software. However, this per-user monthly subscription could still add up to a hefty amount, dragging down the business net income.

On-Demand SaaS changes the game once more. Its pay-per-use model allows for businesses to adequately tailor the software use to their size, needs and budget. There is no huge investment on a software license, and there is no need to pay monthly for users that work on a part-time or occasional basis.

On-Demand SaaS business solutions are just starting to show up on the market, and one of them is VisitBasis Retail Execution, a complete mobile data collection solution designed to build, schedule and monitor field team activities in real time. It provides tools for all types of field activities, including field sales, merchandising, field marketing, auditing, inspections, surveying, training, sampling, and product demonstrations, among others. It charges $0.20 per executed visit with no extra monthly charges, so the cost of using this advanced software solution is proportional to the size of the business using it.

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