The 'Software Rental Plan'
The BCSS™ Purchase Plan: Pay once for software. You own it. There are no ongoing 'usage fees'.
The 'Other Guys' Rental Plan: Make a huge down payment and pay every year to only use the software. You don't own it. Expect to pay in excess of $10,000 over time - for similar software!
The New Wrinkle: Pay monthly to use an online 'cloud' software. One provider charges $99 to $149 per month ($1,118 to $1,788 per year every year) while warning that their competitors charge 'annual service fees'. Six-year cost of this approach: $10,728.
Now, who on earth would rent software for $10,000 when they can buy software for $300 net? Only those who buy the sales pitch that paying (a lot) more buys more.
Consignment stores succeed in part because management makes wise decisions about consignment software and hardware.
There is so much to do, so many details. Paying attention to this decision now will avoid paying needlessly for software and hardware now and later.
"For many, a chance at a successful business is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. There will be many unforeseen expenses. Software is one expense you can see coming if you'll only look."