I'm still pondering the question of software. Some would call it procrastinating, but I prefer to think of it as a well thought out decision making process. Time is against me now, as I want to avoid paying for my current software, and also for any new software I go for.
I had my renewal come through from TaxCalc - and it made me think that the cost this year would "possibly" be better spent on putting that money towards an integrated package. But which one?
On Friday I went to the Accountancy Age/IRIS breakfast briefing at Bristol. It was an excellent use of time, especially in that I was able to talk to a couple of established sole practitioners - who both praised IRIS and the time saved from using it. The bacon sandwiches were also very good, not that it would affect my decision! I was able to ask many of the questions that are bothering me about taking the plunge. The IRIS presentation also made it pretty clear that they are dominant in the market, which would also be a consideration when I want to use sub-contractors or take on staff in the future.
I also spoke to Iris (that wasn't her name, it was Fiona) who promised to call me - and indeed they have done, plus I have an online demo booked for tomorrow to see what the software can offer. Why do these decisions have to be so difficult, am I the only person out there who takes so long to think these things through?
I wish I could try them all, and then pick the one I like the best - but it's not quite like that. I did try downloading Keytime (based on reading a fellow Class of 2009 update), but the online demo wouldn't work, and neither did the full download - after waiting 25 minutes. I know I shouldn't go on first impressions, but I wasn't at all impressed, plus I filled in my details and no-one has phoned me to follow up on my enquiry. Is it that they don't need the business, or are IRIS just very good at the Sales pitch?
Is there anyone out there who DOESN'T like IRIS who could balance up the scorecard? At the moment they're winning the race, but I just can't bear to hand over all that money!