The first quarter of the year can be a great time to assess your business needs for the rest of the fiscal year. It may be time to upgrade your existing software or look into what new software is available to make your business more efficient. Unfortunately, licensing software can be expensive, especially if it needs to go on more than one computer. The good news is that there are many companies out there offering great alternatives to pricey software that won’t cost you a penny and work extremely well.
- Open Office – If the price for Microsoft Office is too steep for your budget, help has arrived. Open Office is easy to download, costs nothing, and is compatible with many document, spreadsheet, and presentation programs, including Office products.
- Yammer – If you want to share updates and information between employees, Yammer is a safe and free place to do this. Once an account is set up, everyone with the same email address ending can write messages on the site and read what others from the company have to say.
These aren’t the only free business tools available online. Others are available for scheduling calendars, creating invoices, storing files, and setting up e commerce solutions. For more information, check out this great article from Mashable on more of the best free tools you can use to help run your business.
Toffer Grant is PEX's Founder and CEO. He founded PEX in 2006 as a prepaid card solution for small businesses. His background in the prepaid industry began at Clarity Payment Solutions, where he initiated 65 prepaid card programs in consumer, corporate, and emerging verticals of the prepaid card industry.