As your business grows you will need different tools to help manage it. These tools will depend on the type of business you own. Since you have an abundance of choices, you have to be selective about which ones will offer the most value for the money you spend.

In order to make some good decisions on the tools your business might need, it’s important to clearly identify your business needs, learn how to use your tools closer to their full capacity, and avoid buying tools that turn out to be a poor purchase in the long run. Let’s take a closer look at these three simple guidelines.

1. Identify your business needs.

The right software will make all the difference. If you find you are using manual, paper-based processes, do some research to see if there is a type of software available that will make the work much easier. If, for instance, your business owns one or more facilities, the use of Computer Aided Facility Management (CAFM) software, which is often simply referred to as facilities management software, will make it much easier to efficiently keep track of all your assets, maintain your operations, and follow best management practices to cut down on space and maintenance expenses.

Some software tips for facilities management include using it to manage all your assets, using it to track all your relevant equipment information, and using it to stay on top of maintenance costs. This software is an excellent way to automate workflows by managing recurring maintenance tasks. When you put it to use to streamline your work order processes, like repair requests and completion tracking, you will significantly increase the efficiency of your assets.

Another type of software that your business might find useful is the use of Human Resource Management (HRM) software. This software can help organize and automate many aspects of human resources. It can assist with employee recruitment, helping make onboarding and retention easier to handle. It can help with managing the workforce and coordinating talent. And it can play a significant role in streamlining complex business processes like compensation, compliance with labor laws, managing performance, and employee learning and training. In addition, it can prove useful when it comes to succession planning, organizing employee engagement initiatives, and improving employee recognition programs.

2. Use your new tools closer to their full capacity.

Besides choosing the best tools for different aspects of your business, you should learn how to use these tools closer to their full capacity. Sometimes mission-critical tools like software can offer so much functionality that a company might only use a small percentage of the many modules available. By not tapping into the full potential of the high-end software you buy, you will do more than waste your money, you will also fail to make your business as successful as it could be. So, besides choosing the right tools for specific jobs, it’s important to successfully work with vendors, making sure that the vendor offers plenty of after-sales training and support.

3. Avoid buying inferior quality.

Another thing to keep in mind when choosing tools is that you should decide on the best ones to use based on independent research rather than simply relying on a company’s marketing claims. Some things look good on the surface or at face value but can turn out to be disappointing in the long- term. Take social media marketing for example. There are good and bad social media options and the difference is often related to the type of business you have and your target audience. You need to know where and when to spend your marketing time and money for your campaigns to be successful.

The main thing to keep in mind when deciding on what business tools to use is that you need to avoid making a hasty purchase decision when a need arises. When you make rash decisions, you end up regretting the purchase. A little forethought and some basic research can go a long way in helping you find and use the right tools.