Unlike some decades ago it is a lot easier today to manage a business successfully, in particular if you’re only a one-man company or have only few staff.
Where it took entire departments for things such as accounting or mailing, all it takes today is a PC and the right business software.
Not only does this mean it requires less staff, it obviously also means massive cost savings and today is also a lot more efficient.
On the other hand, for small business owners, the amount of software available today could at times get overwhelming. It is not always easy to find the right software packages, that is, software that is on one hand easy to use and not too complex and on the other hand does exactly what you require for your business.
Let’s start with more general software that any type of business can use.
Obviously, you want an email program for your business communication, a word processor for writing, a spreadsheet program. Most people will likely go with Microsoft Office for a purpose that contains all this basic functionality. On the other hand, there are alternatives out there if you don’t want to spend money on Microsoft Office. You want to mention Open Office which is a software package that does basically the same thing with out any compromises.
More specialised software can be very helpful to.
If your business ships goods, you should possibly look into good shipping software. This type of software can be a tremendous help organising the immense paperwork that’s often required. Keeping track of your invoices, bills and customs forms won’t then be an issue any longer. In many cases, shipping software can help save considerable time and money.
As for specialised accounting software, you may want to choose the common commercial packages such as Quicken or QuickBooks. But here too you have free alternatives at hand if you need to watch your spending.