"You get what you pay for" does not apply to free small business software with "free" equalling "not as good" in some people's minds.
Thanks to developers who promote "open source" (Linux-inspired) and other free computing applications, there has never been a greater time to locate free small business software.
Moreover, most of the best free small business software "gets along with" commercial business software. In other words, software such as OpenOffice is fully compatible with the Microsoft Office Suite and offers the same features that Word, Excel, Powerpoint and the like do.
Before you head out to the nearest store to spend money on small business software, check out some of these top free small business titles that you can download from the internet.
Remember: much of the new, free small business software available through the internet is not "cheap" in abilities and features. Let's have a look!
30 Boxes is an online ‘real' calendar application that can be shared with anyone, including on a network.
Remember the Milk is a web and mobile accessed "To Do" list.
DabbleBoard is a novel internet-based approach to drawing on a whiteboard. Great for collaborating ideas and sharing design concepts.
TOKBOX is a free online video and conferencing application that works with all other services such as Facebook, Twitter, AIM, and many others. If you have a webcam, TOKBOX is the way to go to video conference.
FileZIlla FTP Client is an outstanding, free open-source FTP client that runs on all platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux).
FoxIt PDF Reader is a feature-rich PDF reader that rivals Adobe Reader...but with even more bells and whistles. FoxIt also has additional free and paid add-on software for PDF editing and more!
PeaZip is an open-source zip and zip extractor for all types of zipped files including .rar, .gz, and more. PeaZip works across Windows and Linux platforms.
Zamzar File Converter is a web-based file converter that supports a file up to 100MB. Zamzar converts any file to any other type of file needed without having to download software.
Mint is an online budgeting tool for individuals and business. Mint can show in a glance where your money is coming from and where it's going. Mint works with all sources such as property, income, credit card, and banking information.
TimeToast is a free, web-based timeline creator.
ArtWeaver is an art/drawing application that rivals Corel Painter X. The difference is you're not paying $359 for it; it's free (Windows).
IrfanView is one of the best, all-around image viewers and editors. It can handle a multitude of file types and has an incredible list of features for quick image-editing with professional results. It also creates slideshows and plays music and videos! (Windows)
Pencil Traditional Animation software allows you to create 2D animations, frame by frame. Runs across all platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux).
MobaPhoto is portable image gallery software that allows you to create photo galleries for your webpage.
Photosynth is excellent free small business software that can take a few photographs and render them into one 3D image.
Sumo Paint is a free graphics editor that is so good, it's almost better than Adobe Photoshop with massive features and ease of use that Photoshop doesn't have.
Desktops creates up to 4 virtual desktops. What this means that it is great as free small business software where desktop ‘real estate' could get pretty crowded. You can have different applications running on each of the 4 desktops and simply click between them. It also creates hotkeys for quickly switching between and closing applications.
GreenPrint is a perfect free small business software that saves money on paper. GreenPrint prints files without blank sheets inside or at the end of documents. Because most laser printers do not allow you to reuse paper that has already been run through, GreenPrint is a perfect solution to saving paper costs.
EverNote saves everything and anything to any device which makes it extremely useful to the small business. (Windows, Mac, Web, Mobile)
Jarte is a portable document editor that is self-contained (so it can go on a key) and is fully compatible with Word and WordPad.
Kompozer is a feature-rich and free WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) web page builder.
LucidChart is a free, web-based flowchart and diagram builder.
SlideRocket is an incredible presentation creator that can imbed a multitude of types of files, such as flash, to create slideshow presentations that can even be shared across the web.
Zoho provides small business tools that other office suites don't, and is completely compatible with all types of documents. Zoho could be the ‘one-stop' shop for many businesses, large and small because every business application is there.
PrinterAnywhere allows you to print to any printer from your computer or phone! Extremely portable and versatile!
CamStudio is open-source streaming video creation software. Excellent for any business to use for creating training guides that can be passed out as CD's.
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Additional Resources for Free Small Business Software:
SPN: Soft Picks Network: http://www.softpicks.net/business.htm
Planet CDrom Free Small Business Software: http://www.planetcdrom.com/discount-software/Business