Open Source Software for Your Business?

When starting your business, aside from all of the money you’ll spend on the necessary paper work that makes your business “official,” the next biggest expense you’re likely to incur for your business’ software.

If you choose to go for all of the latest and greatest programs out there, you could be looking at spending several thousand dollars. Thankfully, there is a legal way to get around many of these expenses without sacrificing much performance: using open source software.

Essentially, open source software is developed by groups of programmers and when released, can be downloaded and used by anyone, free of charge. Many of the programs are able to replicate the functionality of high priced software, so it’s not like there is a dramatic drop off in performance.

Additionally, many of these programs are set up so that you don’t need to be very technologically savvy in order to use them – so you really are getting the best of both worlds.

Because I’m a bit of a miser, I’m a pretty be proponent and user of open source software. In fact, WordPress, the software that I use to publish this site as well as Daily Fuel Economy Tip and Saving Without A Budget, is a free program that anybody can use.

Anyway, here are some free programs that I use for my business:

  • Google Docs: Many of the applications here can replicate what you would use in products like Microsoft Office. All you need to access this service is to create a Google account, which is easy and free.
  • Buddi: This is a very simple budgeting tool that allows you to track expenses, sales, etc. While Buddi doesn’t have a ton of features, it should be enough to allow you to get started tracking your transactions.
  • Task Coach: This program is a simple tool that allows you to create and manage to do and task lists. The thing I like about this program is it allows you to create multiple tasks under one end goal.

If you would like to search for other open source software for your business, be sure to check out SourceForge.net.

Before you get too deep into a program, make sure you read its documentation. Many of these programs are still in beta form, so in order to avoid bugs and some problems, you’re probably going to want to work with programs that are in the final release phase.

Hopefully by using open source software, you’ll be able to save a lot of money, watch your profits increase and not notice any falloff in your software’s usability.

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  1. coRank says:

    Is Open Source Software Right for Your Business?

    When starting your business one of the biggest expenses you’re likely to incur is for software. If you go for the latest and greatest programs out there, you could be looking at spending several thousand dollars. Thankfully, there is a legal way