The cost of acquiring software, especially free software may be bigger than you think. Here’s a checklist for you to assess true costs:
1. What is the basic license cost?
2. Are there additional costs for commercial use?
3. Are there additional costs beyond a trial period?
4. If you want to use it on more than one machine, are there additional costs?
5. Is your current hardware adequate? If not how much will an upgrade cost?
6. Do you need a training course, and or a book to help you with the new software, and how much will they cost?
1. Is it a simple and quick installation?
2. How long will it take before you are back up to full speed?
3. How much would this lost time have been worth in terms of what you could have done?
4. If you went on a course or read a book, how much would this time have been worth in terms of what you could have done otherwise?
5. How much better will you be at making money with the new software?
6. How long will it take you to recoup the money lost and make a profit on this upgrade?