today’s biz lady post is all about recession friendly resources- free resources, to be exact! allison storm is joining us again to share a HUGE collection of free software available to business owners online. whether you’re looking for email marketing, virus software, photo editing, or office software (or more), allison has got you covered! with times being tough it’s great to know how to save a few bucks by taking advantage of the free resources that exist on the web. thanks, allison!
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Free Software for Business Owners
By Alison Storm
In my last Biz Ladies post I shared a bunch of free online resources for business owners ranging from free shopping carts to free phone services. I’m happy to be back today to share more free stuff because I know we all love good freebies! How do I know so much about finding good deals? That’s what I write about for CheapStingyBargains.com as well as other websites. This time for my D*S post I’m focusing on free software for business owners because after all, why pay for what you can get for free? Keep in mind that while I have personally tried some of these programs, I haven’t tried them all and they may not all be compatible with your computer so download them at your own risk.
Free Anti-Virus Software
Keep your computer protected with free anti-virus software. Check out this free version from AVG that promises not to slow your system down. Another freebie to try is this free downlaod from Avira. It’s easy to install so your PC can be protected in minutes.
Free Email Marketing
Email is a great way to keep in touch with your customers. Now you can set up an email marketing campaign for free with SendBlaster. It will help you gather email subscribers and deliver personalized emails to your emailing list. This is great for announcing sales, new products or news.
Free Stock Management
Want to keep track of what you’ve got in stock and what you need to replenish? You can do that for free with Stock It Easy. ZCI Computer Inventory System is another free option for tracking your stock.
Free Office Software
Get an entire office software suite for free from OpenOffice. You’ll get word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, databases and more all for free. It’s easy to download and easy to use. If you’re looking for a free web-based solution for sharing documents, presentations spread sheets and more, try Google Apps.
Free Document Management Software
Need to create PDFs? PrimoPDF promises to be the best way to do it for free. It will optimize your PDF for the version you need, whether it’s for printing, an ebook, or print. If you don’t have the need to create PDFs, but simply need to read them, then this free option from Adobe Reader is probably the way to go.
Free Time Tracking Software
Your time is a limited and precious resource. Track it with free software like Timesheets Light. The free version is quick to learn and easy to use. Up to three users can input data. Youc an also create reports and charts.
Free Printing Software
If you’re wondering whether to print brochures or other items in house, or spend money having them professionally printed, check out HP Print View. It’s a free download that will evaluate your print jobs to tell you where you can save money.
Free Photo Enhancement Software
Have a business where you need your photography to shine? Free photo enhancement software could help even if your photography isn’t the best. B/Works offers photo enhancement tools free of charge, but they’d appreciate a link on your website in return. Another one to try is CleanSkinFX. If you use people in your photography this software will help you to enhance their skin and hair in minutes. ColorCastFX will help you get rid of heavy shadows and improve the overall look of your photos.