The majority of my time is spent on automating business processes for my clients. This either requires me to hunt for and implement cost effective software solutions - or build the solution myself from the ground up. The path I recommend depends on the scale of the requirements. Sometimes it's more cost effective to pay an annual subscription and sometimes it makes more sense to take the custom route. The most important thing is your success always comes first.
Here are some types of 3rd party software that I've integrated for clients. Things like credit card processing and cross-state tax calculations are something that requires a large network and thus integrating with another software is the only option. The key here is finding a solution that solves as many needs as possible while not forcing the client to pay for things they don't use or want.
Here are some of things I've developed myself from the ground up. Custom solutions, when executed properly, come with the benefit of providing everything the client needs and nothing that they don't. Businesses pay a one-time payment to me for the solution and they don't have to worry about bulky software and annual renewals to solve basic needs.
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