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Best finance/ERP software for startup Executive Search business

Can someone recommend a good finance package to use for a soon to be setup Executive Search business?

Looking at online packages but I'm struggling with several factors:
1. Initial complexity and setup cost vs scalability
2. Integration with other software - initially with Filefinder CRM but then potentially with contractor timesheet software (TBC).

Any thoughts? I'm trying to help support a friend starting out on his own and I want to balance it between something affordable and simple to use initially but not something that will hamper growth as it gets bigger.

Thanks
Iain

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Len Green
Title: Performance Improvement Consultant and E..
Company: Haygarth Consulting LLC
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(Performance Improvement Consultant and ERP Strategist, Haygarth Consulting LLC) |

Are you/your friend based in Europe or USA?

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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You also need to balance cost vs realistic growth issues. At what point does small (not necessarily inexpensive) start to hamper growth vs more complexity and agility to working with other systems.

Please note: many small systems have more developed API's than larger systems, but that in and of itself may still not make the smaller system the right fit (maybe anticipated volume eclipses what a small system can handle, etc.).

Anonymous
(EMEA Central FD) |

Hi,

Sorry first time user and I was expecting an email notification if someone answered my question!

We are based in the UK.

I agree that it is key to balance the cost vs realistic growth - what is people's experience of upgrading if (and hopefully when!) growth takes off?

Thanks

Topic Expert
Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

Upgrading can go down two paths.

1. Migrating to a system that is directly supported by the Vendor, such as going from the "standard" system to the "enterprise" or from an older version to a new version of the same software.. Your data should directly port; you should be somewhat comfortable with the user interface, as well as the vendor support system.

2. Changing systems. This is for all intents a new install with all the issues you faced the first time.

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