The 7 Essential Questions to ask to make sure it’s the right fit.
Whether you’re at the beginning of your search for a school management software provider or if you’re already very knowledgeable about the options available, you’re bound at some point to ask yourself a fundamental question:
“What’s the difference between all these school management companies, and how can I decide which is best for my business?”
The fact is, there are a lot of products out there and every one of them has something to offer. The more time you spend searching, the more overwhelmed you’re likely to feel by the different options, features and packages available. We get it. So why choose Kicksite? It’s simple really.
Our lives and our work are filled with noise and clutter, constantly distracting us from our true goals and purpose. When you can focus on that which is truly important, you will find that you become more successful at achieving your goals. Eliminating the unnecessary, avoiding wasted effort, and focusing on only that which is most critical – these are the basic tenets of our platform design.
When choosing a software provider to assist you with your school’s operations, there are a few critical questions you must ask yourself and any proposed provider to ensure the program is right for you.
The 7 Essential Questions
1. Is the software designed specifically for martial arts and by martial artists?
Your program should be designed for YOUR industry. Not a “one size fits all” approach that tries to serve gyms, yoga, pilates, ballet, etc.
2. How long has the company been in business?
Longevity demonstrates stability. Who wants all their important data in a program that could be obsolete next year?
3. Do your programmers have four-year degrees from accredited institutions?
A growing number of people can program these days. Make sure the company you select employs trained experts who are handling your information.
4. What are the hours your support staff is available to me?
Regardless of how easy a system is, make sure you have the ability to contact someone when you have questions.
5. How long will it take to get the software up and running in my school?
Nobody wants to go through the trouble of entering hundreds of records. How easy and quick a company can enter the data for you is critical.
6. What are the start-up costs and charges for software updates?
How much it’s going to cost to get started and maintain service with this product is important to know.
7. Do you have a formal process to teach me the system?
Ease of use aside, make sure your provider takes the time to guide you through using their system in its entirety.