Putting up a home-based business has become faster and easier through the years – all thanks to the internet and many other technologies that have made it possible.
Indeed, in today’s information age, skills development knowledge can be researched online, social media sites are now being utilized as a marketing tool and business transactions can now be handled by various e-commerce solutions.
In today’s guest post, John Smith gives us a rundown of some computer applications which are not only free to download and use, but also very cost efficient for our home business.
I hope you will find his list very useful.
The recession is making it harder and harder for entrepreneurs to start up and maintain a business from home these days. Despite all the doom and gloom, though, it is possible to run a home business and make money from it.
Modern technology is almost counteracting the recession in the way of free business tools to help you along the way. Telephone conferencing, for example, is available for free on smartphones now, which means that you can run your business from anywhere. Here are a few ideas to improve the efficiency of your home business.
This is the only organiser you’ll ever need. It’s entirely free and allows you keep track of all of your appointments and meetings on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis in a similar way to Microsoft Outlook’s Calendar.
You can link up practically every part of your business with this program, from your Windows telephony to your email, your internet browser to your diary, which is obviously beneficial to your business in the short and long term.
Free Dynacom Accounting Edition
This free software is perhaps the quickest, easiest and most efficient way for you to handle your accounts for your business (well, for free anyway).
On a sleek and stylish interface, Dynacom offers many functions including payroll, banking, sales and purchasing for the perfect basic business package for companies big and small.
Open Office gives you everything you get with the Microsoft Office suite but it is entirely free. You can compose text documents and create spreadsheets and presentations for all your business needs.
It can be used on multiple platforms, too, so you can utilize it on the move and publish your documents in .pdf form when you’re done.
One of the best technologies around for businesses of all shapes and sizes is conference calling. There is no easier way to stay in close contact with all your clients and business partners on a regular basis; what’s more, free conference calling is now more widely available than ever.
Some companies charge for what is known as a ‘bridging fee’, but there are others that have apps that only require the cost of your own phone call. The app is completely free to download in the Android Market and the iTunes Store.
This free software is perfect for preserving the image of your business: it allows you to write incredibly professional-looking proposals and invoices.
The Proposal Writer has the function to create and print all your proposals, making things run that little bit smoother. With the invoice creator, you can save items for future reference, saving you time in the long run.
This post was contributed by John Smith.
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