Open source software refers to freely available source code for computer software. There is open source software related to everything from small business accounting to website design and client relationship management. In most cases, users can freely download, modify, and use the source code. Small business owners who opt to use open source software can save costs on buying software. If you are comfortable with coding, you can find and download all kinds of open source software for your business. It’s also possible to pay developers or hosting companies to help you set up the software. For example, CiviCRM is open source CRM software for nonprofit organizations around the world. If desired, you can download the code for free. Your nonprofit organization can pay developers to help you download and customize the software so it meets your needs. Similarly, WordPress is also open source software. As a small business owner, you can use WordPress to build your own websites, or work with companies that offer WordPress capabilities along with hosting. Although you pay for the hosting, the fact that the service relies on open source software helps to keep costs down. If you’re tech savvy and looking for ways to save money, you may want to check out open source software. In some cases, it can be less expensive than buying proprietary software. It’s also important to note that many proprietary software companies offer versions of their software for free.
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