12 Questions to Consider Before Investing in New Equipment
What to Ask Yourself Before Buying New Equipment
With the end of the year quickly approaching, it is important to check what your business needs to make it better for new clients. Investing in new equipment can be ideal to start the new year off on the right foot. But what exactly should contractors consider before buying these additions?
1. Will this equipment meet any business needs?
With every business, it is important to consider where exactly there needs to be an improvement. For this reason, it is essential to consider if the new equipment will add to the business by saving money or helping with the extra work.
2. Is it the best upgrade?
Buying a new piece of equipment is not the only way to meet a need that your company has. You can also achieve this by training your employees and technicians. The new equipment must be worth the investment.
3. Will your customers be provided with a service that they did not have before?
Before spending the money, it is wise to determine the cost of the customers. If the risk is worth the reward for your valued clientele, then it might be worth investing in.
4. Will your customers need to be flexible?
Not only should you consider the flexibility of your workers, but think of your customers as well. If you are unsure, it is even appropriate to ask if they would take advantage of the new product and services.
5. Do you need this upgrade right now?
Although it is often looked down upon, waiting some time for the equipment to decrease in price might save you some hassle in the future. Additionally, you might be able to find a more costly alternative that would provide the same benefits.
6. Do your competitors own this new equipment?
Asking yourself if fellow competitors have the same equipment might help decide on whether you want to invest in said item. Contractors experience a variety of competition, making it a priority to find technology that might be unique.
7. Will the new equipment work alongside your current technology?
If you purchase an item that requires you to upgrade technology that you already have, then it might not be worth it to buy this equipment. This is especially important for computer-based technology.
8. Can you give anyone the responsibility of learning the new technology?
It is important to task a worker with learning the ins and outs of your new equipment. Someone who can dependably teach others how to use it will save you time and money.
9. Besides the initial cost, how much will this equipment cost?
Not only do you have to worry about purchasing the new equipment, but you must keep in mind that there is a lot that goes into new technology. This can include employee training, installations, updates, and unexpected fees.
10. Is it better to lease or to buy?
For those who are unsure about whether they want new equipment, it can be smart to look into leasing these upgrades. You can always revisit the option of buying it later down the road while you get accustomed to it.
11. Can you buy it through a government program?
Investing in new equipment can be costly. Before making the decision, consider looking at federal, state or local programs that might provide a grant or loan.
12. Have you made your customers aware of the new equipment?
Lastly, it is a great business move to advertise the benefits of your new technology to customers.
When evaluating the cons and pros of buying a new piece of equipment for your company, keep both your workers and customers in mind. It might be worth it, in the long run, to hold off on buying new technology or to lease. When considering these twelve questions, keep the needs of your company the priority.