When you run a small business, it all comes down to reducing your costs while increasing your profits. Over the last decade or so, small business owners have realized that one of the easiest ways to do this is by employing software that will help them do exactly that. Today, we will be investigating the best free software solutions depending on the small business need that they take care of.
Invoicing – Wave Invoicing
When running a business, the most important thing is to get paid, especially if you are in the B2B arena where you deal with other companies that are often late with their payments. In order to prevent this and ensure you get paid the proper way, you need a piece of invoicing software. Wave Invoicing is definitely the finest free choice on the market, capable of everything a small business will need. A great thing about Wave is that you can customize your invoices to fit your logo and your business’ color scheme.
Antimalware – Comodo Internet Security
You are probably wondering why we are recommending a piece of software only a few people heard of instead of Avast, ESET and similar solutions. Well, the reason is pretty simple – those antivirus companies do not allow their free versions to be used for business purposes. In essence, if you decide to install their free software on your company computers, you would be breaking the law. This is where Comodo Internet Security comes in. It is not a fancy, flashy solution, but it gets the job done. Legally.
Accounting – Adminsoft Accounts
Adminsoft Accounts is not the most famous piece of accounting software out there and it probably has to do with the fact that it can be a bit cumbersome and complicated to use. However, if you spend a day or two getting to know what it can do, you will realize it is the most incredible and powerful piece of free accounting software a small business could use. As your business grows, of course, you will still need to find professional accounting services to handle your finances for you.
Project Management – Trello
Trello is a project management tool which was designed specifically for small companies with smaller teams that are often scattered. Its free version is limited by the amount of data you can share on a single project (10MB), but you can still invite as many people to the project and use all of the software’s functions. It is definitely more powerful when you purchase a license, but even in its free version, Trello can be perfect for smaller projects.
Office Suite – Google Docs
Every business needs a text editor, a program to handle their spreadsheets and other basic office suite solutions. If you are looking for a free solution to the office suite conundrum, then Google Docs is the right choice for you. Not only is it free, but it is also incredibly powerful and versatile. On top of all that, everything is in the cloud, meaning that you can access it from anywhere and share it almost immediately with other team members. Oh, did we mention it is also free?