Small businesses can take advantage of free levels of several online services. Freemiums let small businesses level the playing field with online meetings, customer relationship management tools, project management and more.
For 35 years, I worked in the newspaper industry. The last 25 I worked for this company – Gannett – which owns USA Today and, among others, the Greenville News. I also worked for a very large private media company – Conde Nast – at their flagship newspaper in NYC.Before I started my own business in the fall of 2009, I never really concerned myself with how much it cost to put software tools on everyone’’s desktop, private sales software, accounting mangement, CRM and other key tools to our staff. If we needed another license for Office or InDesgn or Sales Force – we just got it.
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Freebies Software tools and services for small businessesStravolo Wealth ManagementMay 18, 2012
Desktop Productivity software including documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Meeting Management Web and video conferencing Project Management Forms, surveys and databases Online storage and ftp Email marketing
Desktop Productivity Google Apps Zoho Open Office
A full suite with docs, spreadsheets, presentations Branded with your own domainIndividual gmail accounts, shared contacts and tasksAdd intranet-style sites for training, communications, projects Google Apps
A larger suite of applications including CRM, invoicing, online notebooks, web conferencing The spreadsheet app supports many advanced data functions of Excel including macros and pivot tables. Integration with popular programs like Quickbooks, Outlook, Mail Chimp. Zoho
Installed software, local to each user’s desktop No online componentIncludes database software, spreadsheets, presentationbuilding, a scientific math calc program, documents and drawing. Open office
ConferencingSmall number of attendees - meeting generally under 5; some only 2 Needs are limited to basic desktop or presentation sharing. Don’t need immediate support Can handle some occasional bumps in the road.