5 Awesome Free Tools For Small Businesses


If you have an old PC you can mess around on, and . You might have to reach back into your memory to remember those Unix 101 classes, but there's a wealth of out there to help you get started.

5. Go-OO office suite

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably already know about OpenOffice.org, the open source (and therefore free-of-charge) office suite. This keeps getting better with each release and is for lighter-weight office tasks. If you haven't looked at it recently, it's well worth a trial.

I find it very useful for those upgrading from an older version of Office and who are confused by the ribbon-based user interface, found on recent releases of Microsoft Office.

However, it's been a busy time in the world of OpenOffice.org, and Oracle's acquisition of Sun--owners of OpenOffice.org--has from which the dust is still settling. The project has picked-up the reins but is still in beta testing stage, so at the moment I recommend the existing version of as the best free-of-charge office suite around. Based on OpenOffice.org with some useful tweaks here and there, its chief advantage is support for Microsoft's newer XML-based file format (such as the DOCX, XLSX, and PPTX file extensions), which is the default in all recent releases of Microsoft Office.