We reviewed dozens of business software programs to bring you this list of free quality business software programs that can easily replace some costly program while saving you money.
Please note that these are all fully functional, completely free software programs that you can use without any restrictions. Now, you may be wondering just how this can be, it sounds like it's too good to be true. Well, the following are all "open source" programs, meaning they are developed by communities of volunteer programmers and made available to all of us to use for free.
We've included in this list the programs that in our opinion are the best open source business programs out there. Now without further ado let's start with the list:
1. Free Office Suit: LibreOffice (Replaces: Microsoft Office)
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite with functionality similar to Microsoft office, it has all the modules that MS Office has, including a word processor called "Writer", a spreadsheet module called "calc", a presentation engine called "Impress", a drawing and flowcharting module called "Draw", a database module called "Base", and in addition has a module for editing mathematics called "Math". LibreOffice is a powerful piece of software that has a clean and intuitive interface. One of the advantages of LibreOffice is that it can create and edit MS Office format style files including: .doc, .xls, Etc.
2. Free Project Management Tool: GanttProject (Replaces: Microsoft Project, Oracle Primavera)
As a business manager you'll have to assign projects to your stuff members and supervise their progress, how you do this? enter GanttProject.
GanttProject is an open source project management program. This tool has a rich list of features that make it easy for you to manage projects of any size. it can produce Gantt charts so that you can define milestones and observe how your projects are organized, in addition it can produce PERT charts. GanttProject allows you to assign staffers to work on each task and supervise their performance progress. A nice added feature is a module that allows you to see who's too busy and who is not really busy and can take on more tasks.
3. Free Small Business Accounting Software: GnuCash (Replaces: Quicken, QuickBooks)
GnuCash is an accounting software that allows you to manage the financial aspects of your internet business, it can also double as a personal finance program. It is feature rich and easy to use and in the same token flexible and intuitive.
GnuCash features double entry accounting thus follow the standard accounting method. Though you'll have to get yourself familiar with double entry accounting principles to be able to take full advantage of this tool. The personal finance module make it easy for you to follow your personal bank accounts, stocks income and expenses and much more.
What makes this tool different from most other accounting financial software programs is its ability to track both your personal finances and your business' financials. you can import data from Quicken, schedule transactions and much more. A nice feature that has been added recently is a linked android app that allows you to follow and keep track of your finances.
4. Free Task Management Software: GeeTeeDee
GeeTeeDee is a feature rich and easy to use task management program that allows for an efficient time and tasks management. Once you use this tool you'll probably notice a substantial improvement in your productivity.
One big advantage that this tool has over other similar program is it's ability to take into consideration the location of the tasks thus allowing you to group together tasks with close locations for improved productivity and less time that is consumed on commuting from one location to another.
5. Free Backup Software: Cobian Backup (Replaces: Acronis backup, Genie)
backing up one's computer data frequently is a vital task that is sometimes neglected. Cobian backup is meant to make this task easy and automatic. It allows to back up all your computer's files and directory to an external disk or any other device of your choosing, and it can make it securely. Since it is multi-threaded, it is also very fast. Cobian sports the ability to back up through FTP both download and upload. Plus it can run on the background, following a backup schedule, without interrupting with your work on the computer.
6. Free Compression Software: 7-zip (Replaces: WinZip)
A compression program is a piece of software that anyone needs to have. Currently the leading compression tool is WinZip which comes with a price tag of about $60. However 7-zip has all the features of WinZip plus it is free. It can create and open WinZip style files, its compression is better, it can encrypt its zipped files and also create self-extracting files.
7. Free ERP (Enterprise resource planning): ADempiere (Replaces: NetSuite, Microsoft Dynamics)
An ERP (Enterprise resource planning) program is meant to allow a business organization to integrate several business functions into one robust program. Actually ADempiere is more than ERP, it combines ERP, CRM and SCM.Usually it is utilized by larger organizations, however ADempiere can be quite useful to smaller firms too. An ERP software can make operations in your firm much easier to manage.
ADempiere is quite an impressive program considering that it was developed by volunteer programmers under the open source system. It has all the features of expensive commerce ERP programs yet it comes with a price tag of $0.
ADempiere will automate many tasks and functions of your business including technology related, services, sales, human resources and more. It offers plenty of documentation and has an active community of users that can help with any concern you have.
8. Free Flow Chart and Diagram Creation Program: Dia (Replaces: Visio)
Dia is a diagram and drawing program that is similar to Visio. It does not have all the features of Visio but it has enough features to satisfy any Internet business owner. It can create great organization charts, flowcharts, network diagrams and more.
9. Free Spreadsheet Application: Gnumeric (Replaces: Microsoft Excel)
Gnumeric is a strong spreadsheet program very similar to Microsoft's Excel that can be very useful to both beginners and advance spreadsheet users. It is quite intuitive and easy to use. Gnumeric is compatible with Excel files format and many others'. It also has a detailed user manual (stored online).
10. Free Website Design Software: BlueGriffon (Replaces: Adobe Dreamweaver)
BlueGriffon is an awarded winning web design editor. Powered by the same engine that powers Firefox, it is very fast and bug free. very easy to use while sports all the features of the expensive editors on the market including the latest HTML5 standards. Its simple and intuitive interface allows the creation of an impressive variety of attractive websites without the need to learn HTML. However, it still has a source view module that can be utilized by the more advanced users.
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