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2011-11-15 00:00:00TechnologyEnglishOpen source software for small business is a great way to access important tools, while keeping costs minimal. Learn more about several key... Source Software for Small Businesses

Open Source Software for Small Businesses

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One of the things small businesses try to do when they start off is to minimize their costs. This article will showcase how to minimize costs for small businesses by using open source software that can take the place of paid software that can easily end up costing you a small fortune.

OpenOffice – Every office will require a suite of Office programs for typing reports, charts, presentations, etc. OpenOffice is a great free alternative for those who want to save money on one of the most important software for their office needs. The software is intuitive and the learning curve is a very short one. The software is available in many languages and runs on most common operating systems without any hassle.

PDFCreator –PDF is the common format used for the delivery of documents and most offices make use of the heavy Adobe PDF reader to view these files. But what if you need to edit or create your own PDF files? That’s where PDFCreator comes in to play with its lightweight footprint and easy to use methods to PDF creation. You can also save to other formats like PNG, BMP, TIFF, and others with this nifty little program.

GNUCash – Need a replacement for that expensive accounting software? Never fear because there is an open-source (read as free) replacement known as GNUCash for it. This easy to use and flexible software allows you to track income, expenses, accounts and much more. You can also easily create reports and graphs that you can share with partners and colleagues to see how your company is doing.

Thunderbird – Need a replacement for Microsoft Outlook? Well, this open-source email manager by the same folks who created the Firefox browser is a great replacement. Thunderbird allows you to set up your mail quickly so you can get your mail faster and finish your work more efficiently. You can also open your email in tabs making easier to follow different conversations. There are also plenty of add-ons to help you get the most out of your email software.

ClamWin – Being a small business means that you cannot afford to have any downtime because of viruses and other software problems. ClamWin can spot viruses, adware, spyware and is free for use. The software requires you to run manual checks on files you download so make sure that you are aware of sites that may infect your PC. I hope you enjoyed reading and learning about some of the open-source software that is out there for small businesses to make use of.

Do you make use of any of the above-mentioned software for your business or do you have some that you can recommend? Please share them with us in the comments below.

Information may be abridged and therefore incomplete. This document/information does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for, legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.

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