I am interested in starting an online job board. What would be best - to buy or to build a job board software?
I already purchased a domain to start a free US job board. I am very confused about whether I should buy or build a job board software initially. I have seen several vendors selling job board software between $160 - $400, and I have used 2 free trails. They are fine for a start-up, but I want to hear advice on whether to buy or build as I am actively looking to start immediately.
Please advise me with the best way to move ahead. Thank you.
I would strongly recommend to utilize social media platform to seed your business . Its low risk and it would provide very good exposure to the challenges of the business . You can use s strategy like seed your user base on social media (e.g create a facebook page) . Once you see your FB page getting matured you can graduate it to the second level . You can discuss the Idea with one of the Php , FB app developer .
Hope this helps .
If it were me, I would build one myself that way I have everything i and job seekers are looking for.
The answer to this question depends on your needs and how much knowledge you have. If you are looking for more control and have the knowledge then you would want to build your, but on the other hand if you are someone just starting out with very limited knowledge then it would be best to start with a software program.
Both the options are okay. It depends what is more important for you - if saving time, buy; if you want to save money, build. But remember, the market is tough. So take your pick and move ahead with determination.
All the best !
I think If you get advise from software programmer , specially technical points & needs he will be able to understand your needs & work too , before starting your work .
Building your own software gives you more insight and control into the "workings" of your service. You can add/remove functionality as you choose. you might even be in a position to sell such software to 3rd parties in the future as an alternative or supplementary revenue stream. However, building your own software usually takes more time, which means lost revenues (opportunity cost). It becomes a question of near term revenues vs control.
From a financial perspective, you would compare the cost of paying someone to build it vs the cost of building it yourself in terms of potential revenues lost during the time that you are building the software (as opposed to having it built quicker).
Some governments give tax subsidies or credits to companies who build their own software. You may also want to consider tax deductibility. In some countries you can deduct your expenses straight away (if you pay someone to build the software) and may require you to spread your expenses over a number of years if you build it yourself (resulting in lower tax deduction per year). You might want to discuss this with a local tax person.
If this company really takes off in the future, having your own software might be more attractive to potentially buyers depending on how strong and flexible the software is. Some investors even look for proprietary technology as par of their investment mandate.
Regardless of the financial aspects (I discuss those above because that is my area), it really comes down to the question of control vs revenue timing.
buy, and modify to be unique, that is the best way to go...buying a workign sample saves yous tart up time, while modifyign makes ti authentic, and unique, to allow you to build a culture around your product...!!!
I suggest you build a job board software. You will be more in control of the job board. Besides, building one will be cheaper than buying one.There are good digital trainers/ consultants who can help you build one.