Finding the Right Consignment Software for Your Store
June 10, 2021
Wearing all the hats in a business is hard enough. When first starting, you may not have as much help as you need. And even if you’ve had your shop for a while, without the right help, the job can become a headache. That’s why it’s so important to find the right consignment software for your store. Right now, the global second-hand apparel market was valued at approximately 33 billion U.S. dollars. Meaning now is the time to make the most of your store, don’t waste any more time with no software or software you dislike. However, finding the right consignment software for your store can be made easy when you know what to look for.
What features are you looking for?
Choose the most important features of your ideal software, the features you absolutely need. This will make the decision much quicker and easier. It also ensures you will be satisfied with your choice. Think about your everyday struggles. Do you dislike filling out checks? Software with ACH payments will help out then. Also, think of your goals. Would you like to begin selling online? Find software that allows you to do that easily. Think about the times you will need help. Do you want software that provides great service? Issues are bound to happen with even the best software system. You want to be sure you have good support to help you during those times. Therefore, finding software that provides a support team that cares is the most important thing.
What do you need?
There’s a lot of consignment software out there, but they won’t all satisfy your store’s needs. In some cases, software companies offer a lot of cool features, but quickly you will realize at times certain features make the job even harder. Of course, no company will have everything you need, but you can come pretty close. Here are some things to look for:
- Reliable support
- No added cost for features
- No downloads, cloud-based software is better
- Not tied down to one device
- Online sales handled by a reliable company
- Balance Trackable Gift Cards (without an outside service)
- Built-in reward points (without an outside service)
Cloud-based or installed?
When you are exploring different software, you need to make a pros and cons list. One huge decision to make is whether you want cloud-based software or installed. It’s a personal preference, but the safest decision is cloud-based software because installed software comes with many hidden costs. Cloud-based provides you with the peace of mind that your software is safe from any disasters, and you have the ability to check on your store remotely. If your computer stops working or you get a new computer, you can use your cloud-based software as you normally would.
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