It used to be that when you looked for software that’s all you found, but now more software companies are offering ancillary products and services like website design and hosting, and different levels of business services.
This means that the process becomes more challenging because it’s tough enough to choose what works well for you by test driving various software, meaning that you have to actually learn to used them to some degree to understand how they work and what they can do, but you may need to decide early on whether you want to go mobile, multi-inspector, what kind of device/operating system you’ll use, etc.
It’s another reason to attend chapter meetings, do ride-alongs, or find some other way to have experienced inspectors show you what they use and find out how they like it. It can really simplify the choosing process. It’s often not easy to find someone close to home because no one wants to train their competition.