Cheap software that does everything…

Something has been bugging me a lot.

I keep seeing people searching for “all in one” software that will do everything for their business. Usually they’re also looking for something that is like 20 bucks a month.

I’ve also watched a product that started as a simple project management tool say yes to too many feature requests, and it’s growing into some giant thing that will inevitably do nothing well.

Have you heard the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none?”

That’s always the first thing that comes to mind when I see these all-in-ones.

As time goes on and more and more features are added, the development teams can rarely keep all these things functional, let alone best-in-class.

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And because each piece doesn’t work exactly as everyone wants, I see people trying weird and wacky things to try to work it into their business. Some waste like a week of labour. If you rate your time, that’s over a couple of thousand dollars worth… to save $100 a month.

A while back, someone (I wish I could remember who) helped me realise that finding specialist tools is better in the long run. By that I mean tools that do a few things really well, and reject everything else.

It’s easier than ever to connect tools together now, so there’s no need for one tool to do everything.

Is it really worth mucking around with half-baked features just to save some monthly fees? If you pick the right tools, those monthly fees will easily pay for themselves in time cost.

Just something to consider anyway.

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James Rose

James is the co-founder of Content Snare - a software platform that helps professionals collect content & files from clients.

Once an automation engineer, his new priority is to help business owners regain their lives, be more productive and get more done in less time.

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