Small Business Downloads – 5 Free Solutions That Can Save You $1000’s, Part 1

Setting up a small business does have costs, but buying software does not have to be one of them With a little research it is possible to find open source and give-away software that is just as good and in some cases better than their paid equivalents. I have also included a few online alternatives to small business downloads and with the development of ‘cloud’ computing these will become more and more popular.

This article includes many free tools to meet the needs and increase the productivity of any small business with some more specifically targeted at online businesses.

When setting up my own small business I did a considerable amount of research into free software as I knew there were many free alternatives and basically I don’t like wasting money. I also had suggestions from other small business owners about other types of software I had not considered to boost productivity and provide solutions to several of the problems many online businesses face.

To be clear, all of the software I mention in this article is legal, in some cases it is provided free, then later users are encouraged to upgrade to a paid version, and in others there may be some advertising, but most of it is open source.

I have included the approximate cost of paid alternatives so you can get an idea of how much you can save. This article is also not a full technical comparison and much of the information about paid software is based on research rather than personal experience.

1) Browsers

Although virtually all browsers are free I have found Mozilla Firefox to be the best, both because of ease of use and the huge number of add-ons, many of which perform the same job as software you would have to pay for. If you want more ‘Real Estate’ on your desktop however Google Chrome would be a better option.

My Choice: Mozilla Firefox

2) Email

All computers come with some form of email program for free but these are usually inadequate for business use. The grand-daddy of all business email programs is Microsoft Outlook which costs around $100 with a license for 1 computer.

I use Mozilla Thunderbird as my email client as it does everything Outlook can do and handles IMAP better which is important as I use gmail.

Apart from having a more attractive interface Thunderbird with a Lightning add-on outperforms Outlook in many areas. For large business with a server however Outlook with MSExchange is a better option but it costs several thousand dollars.

My Choice: Mozilla Thunderbird

3) Calendars

Microsoft Outlook comes with a built-in calendar however Thunderbird comes with a very good calendar add-on called Lightning. Both are good desktop calendars and can sync with Google Calendar. Google Calendar is a web-based calendar program that can be shared between multiple users and can be accessed from any computer with a browser and internet connection.

My Choice: Mozilla Thunderbird with Lightning add-on synchronized with Google Calendar

4) Office Productivity Suite- Word Processing, Spreadsheet, Presentation, and Database

Again Microsoft leads with most popular office productivity suite in the world, Microsoft Office. The price of MS Office range from around $50 for an older version without Outlook or Access (a database program), up to $500 for the latest version that also includes Publisher (software for desktop publishing).

The most popular free alternative is Open Office which is almost totally compatible with Microsoft Office, it can even be set to add MS office file extensions so you can seamlessly share documents. Open office includes a word-processing program (Writer), a spreadsheet program (Calc), a presentation program (Impress) a database program (Base) and a drawing program (Draw).

Open Office does not have the pretty ‘Ribbon’ interface of Office and lacks some of its whiz bang formatting features but it seems better at handling HTML and PDF documents. Sharing documents is also easier in MS Office but to truly share documents and collaborate with their editing I would choose the Google option.

Google Apps is a free suite of many different types of programs and tools but for this comparison I will just look at Docs which includes tools for word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation writing. Google Docs are fairly basic and do not have the power or options of the desktop based suites but being web-based it is far ahead of the others when it comes to collaborating on documents. Because your documents are stored on Google servers they can be accessed from anywhere and do not need to be backed up. Google Docs is a great option if you have several people collaborating on one document.

My Choice: Open Office

5) Computer Tune-up Tools

Tune-up utilities are needed to keep your computer running fast and error-free. There are a variety of tasks tune-up programs can do, such as hard disk cleaning or disk defragging, Registry cleaning, cleaning out junk files as well as adware and spyware removal. While there are programs that can take care of each of these problems individually I prefer to use a toolkit that does everything at once.

Norton Utilities is one such program but it does have a price tag of around $50. I use Advanced System Care Free which seems to keep my system chugging along nicely and I have never had any problems with it.

My Choice: Advanced System Care Free

Xango Business – 2 Ways To Generate More Leads And Sponsor More Reps Into Your Xango Business

You are probably reading this article because you are either in the Xango opportunity and you are looking for ways to step up your marketing efforts, become a top earner in the company and explode your business, or you are considering the Xango business opportunity and wondering if it’s for you and whether or not you can be successful with it. If you are here for one of those reasons, this will be the only article you need to read.

In this article I’m going to show you how to exactly how to generate an endless flow of leads and sponsor more reps into your Xango business. It all comes down to what I’m going to discuss here today and if you pay close attention to the rest of this article you will absolutely grow your Xango business lightning fast.

The first thing you must do is learn and adapt the concept of Attraction Marketing. The concept is quite simple… brand and market yourself up front instead of your business opportunity. By doing so you will be making yourself stand out as a leader and expert in the industry which will attract like minded people to you and your business and trust me, these are the kinds of people you want to work with. Your prospects don’t want to be pitched or sold anything, they want to be the one making the decision. You want to make sure you prospects have a reason to join you and that they can feel confident that they will benefit by being a part of your organization before you ever pitch them your opportunity or ask them to join you. Remember this… People join people they know, like and trust.

Once you have a clear understanding of Attraction Marketing and are using in your business, you then need to learn how to leverage the power of the Internet to market yourself online. The most successful network marketers in the industry today understand the power and leverage of the Internet and that is why they are completely dominating the industry. Now we are usually taught the offline pitch and chase marketing techniques and while those do still work, the are just not enough to build a successful Xango business.

With so much technology and the power and leverage of the Internet, you will be left behind if you don’t learn how to market your business on the Internet. There are over 200,000 searches done every week from people looking for more information on network marketing opportunities and if you are marketing your business on the Internet you can generate hundreds of targeted leads DAILY for your business, and if you are branding yourself as a leader, you will turn a high volume of those leads into new reps for your Xango business.

The most successful network marketers in the industry including Xango understand these two things and that is why they are dominating the industry. Now it is up to you to put forth the time and effort necessary to learn and apply the strategies we discussed here, however, if you do then I guarantee you will have very different experience in your Xango business.

Automatic Internet Cash – 3 Lightning Fast Methods To Generating Instant Profits Online!

One of the great things about the Internet is the ability to use it to make cash 24/7, without requiring your presence. In fact, having the ability to generate cash on the Internet is like having the license to create money on demand!

This article will cover 3 lightning fast ways to generate income on the Internet. So drum roll, here they are:

Lightning Fast Tactic #1: Resell Rights

It truly amazes me what is possible with resell rights. Acquiring resell rights to a digital product like an ebook or a video package means you acquire the right to sell it at 100% profit, and keep all the profit for yourself! This is a great way to own an instant Internet business because you don’t have to create the product or the salesletter to sell it. You can simply plug in the files to your web host server, and start selling!

Lightning Fast Tactic #2: The ‘Google Cash’ Method

The ‘Google Cash’ method is dubbed as such because it refers to an ebook created by Chris Carpenter, where he outlined how to profit from affiliate programs using Google Adwords. It’s a quick way to get started in minutes, because setting up an AdWords account only takes $5 and you get instant approval. You can get your first campaign promoting an affiliate product on AdWords in as little as an hour.

Lightning Fast Tactic #3: Affiliate Marketing With Ezine Ads

This lightning fast tactic can create income in just a few hours. Go to an ezine directory (a simple search on Google will churn up a few results) and find an ezine to advertise your affiliate product. Once you book an ad, the ezine owner will fire an email to his list promoting your affiliate link, and you get to reap the profits.