After deciding that you really need a computer system to run your business, you must choose the software you need. The following questions can help guide your choice. 1. Is the software designed specifically for the construction industry? 2. Has the software vendor been supplying programs to the construction industry for at least 5 years, and do they provide regular enhancements to the package? 3. Can the software vendor provide references from other contractors in your area who are using the package successfully? 4. Is the software clearly documented with manuals and installation guides, and does it have demo programs to allow you to work with it before purchasing? 5. Are the program screens easy to understand? Does the program provide on-screen assistance? 6. Does the software vendor have a qualified telephone support staff to give you help quickly? 7. Does the software vendor provide local installation and support?