I am in the process of starting up a business with my friend, and we will need various types of software in order to facilitate and manage the business. We do not have that much start up money, and as such, are not in a position to be able to afford expensive licenses for software, and will need to go the open source route for most purposes. Of more pressing needs are open source software for accounting and payroll purposes. I am going to need to look for reviews and information on such software, because I am new to the concept of running a business, and I have a lot to learn still. I am sure there is a lot of other software we are going to need. Continue reading
When you are running a small business, it is always important to pay attention to the bottom line. The margin for profit and loss tends to be one that you need to keep a close eye on in order to make profit gains whenever possible. One area where you can think about saving money is with the software that you use to run your office. There are many available Open Source software solutions that can do as much as their expensive counterparts that you have to buy new licenses for every year. While it may not save you a ton each year, when you can get the same level service from a different program that is usually available free, it is likely you have more efficient ways to make use of the money you would have spent on software.
Open source software tends to be made in a collaborative fashion and this is considered one of the best things about Open Source. It is something that many different software engineers can improve and does not have to wait to be updated and improved by just one. This leads to quick advancement in this type of software. While many other types of software put out updates every year or so, because it can be constantly improved upon, you are able to access new features on a regular basis when you use this type of software.
One of the most popular programs that you may have heard of is OpenOffice which is a suite of applications that can do word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and much more. It has a friendly and familiar user interface that is easy for people to pick up. There are many other types of software to use depending on the kind of business that you have in addition to ones that most can utilize such as an alternative billing and accounting software program or email client. Next time you are looking to upgrade your office software, check Open Source options first for free and less expensive options to see if you can save your business additional unnecessary costs.