So I came across this listing for a freelancer:

I already have purchased a complete POS software with source code built in .NET that uses Access for database. The POS software has 3 programs which are fully working. The server, client and PDA software. The software is fully functional but is not very user friendly and does not have proper reporting features, it can not complete a sale etc..

This person is really fooling himself.  A Point of Sale (POS) software package that “cannot complete a sale” would not be very usable for anything.  Perhaps it just needs some configuration changes, but if you didn’t buy that software with professional services of the person who developed it, then there is not much another developer will be able to do.  Unless you want to pay them to learn the source code and then strive to keep their interest without paying them full time, you will be soon out of luck (see “I Want to Own…” article).

Packaged software solutions used to run your unique business should include professional services to install and configure it.  You can read the manual of course.  But that is the same with anything.  You hire professionals to install new electrical or plumbing fixtures.  Why try to build and maintain software for running your business?

Hire a professional.  The results will be much more satisfactory.

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