Web-based Software Options for Small Business - Secure web browser
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Of course, if you are going to be doing all of this business online you must make sure that you're secure, and that starts with a secure web browser. After all, you don't want to be hemorrhaging data left and right, do you?
That is why I am recommending Firefox. It is:
- Compatible with both Windows and Mac
- Easy to use
Also, even though this is a piece of web-based software, I am going to mention that you need virus protection if you are going to be working with a lot of files or sites online. I suggest Clamwin if you don't have protection currently. Sorry for the aside, but you need to know about these kinds of things, and if I do not tell you, then who will?
Now that you have an idea of the web-based software options that are available to you, let's talk about some of the cost savings.
Office suites can run up to $700 to buy, and an inexpensive version of Photoshop will set you back about $500. To run a blog or site for customers could easily run you $10 minimum for hosting and another $10 every month. That's only for basic hosting. Let's run those numbers:
That's $1330 saved on each work station you equip with web ware only. This means if you have to do 10 computers you would save $13,300 in expenses right off the top. That is way better than the thought of a tax write-off at the end of the year!
If you do anything with photos like designing a newsletter, a web site or marketing materials, then you will need an image editor to make the photos work.
Pass by that expensive copy of Photoshop and get GIMP instead. Sure, there are a lot of other image editors out on the market, but if you want a piece of software that is comparable in quality and will give you multi-layer editing and the full array of features that you are used to as a Photoshop user, then GIMP is the way to go.
In the end you can save yourself a lot of money, which is a great thing whether you are a new start-up or an established business looking to save some lines on your budget report.
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