The best things in life are free, right? While not always the case with business products, a growing number of free software tools are proving they can compete with the best without the associated price tag.
What free and high quality software is available?
The internet revolution has brought a range of free, online tools for businesses, ranging from professional documents and spreadsheets to human resources (HR) management, accounting and bookkeeping as well as email marketing.
While many free versions offer only basic features, for startups and smaller businesses they can be extremely useful – in many cases offering similar functions to more expensive software. However, it's important to do due diligence, checking user feedback, reviewing security settings and investigating functionality to determine the best software for your business needs.
Top picks for free business software include:
GnuCash accounting and bookkeeping
Google Docs document creation and collaboration
MailChimp email marketing (our personal favorite)
OrangeHRM HR management
The IT revolution has brought a plethora of free business tools, offering functions comparable to more costly software. By doing the research, investigating the options and experimenting with what’s available, it can be possible to get top-quality functions at zero or minimal cost to your business.