There is nothing so rewarding as a business person who has managed to successfully run their enterprise. But the credit does not go to the owner alone because in today’s world, it is a known fact that there is plenty of software to get business running smoothly. There is software for almost every business task.
Intuit QuickBooks Pro
The flowchart-based accounting of QuickBooks is as close to a standard in financial management as the small-business world has, and it’s arguably the easiest way for nonprofessionals to transfer their books from the filing cabinet to the computer, where they belong. Most actions, from cutting a check to billing a client, are just a click or two away from the start screen. ($200)
Backup and Recovery
Mozy’s remote backup service lets you select what you want to back up.
You can (and should) regularly back up files to an external hard drive or NAS (network-attached storage) device in your office–but what if the whole place goes up in smoke? Hedge your bet with an online backup service like Mozy, which automatically archives whatever you’d like across the Internet, safe and sound. Just select what you want backed up, and Mozy does the rest, either in bulk while you sleep, or in real time, as files are changed. ($5 per month for unlimited service)
If there is a department that has lots of work it is the human resources department. This is the department that deals with the employees and if it is not run well then the entire workforce is affected. Thankfully there is software to help with the tasks.
This all-in one human resource software program gives you access to benefits management, payroll processing, onboarding tools and more. Even better, many Zenefits features can be set to run automatically after your initial configuration, significantly reducing the amount of time you need to spend on these tasks on an ongoing basis.
As an added bonus, if your small business uses contractors rather than–or in addition to–regular employees, Zenefits makes it easy to manage their details as well, allowing you to track their compensation and handle their tax needs from within a single program.
Like Zenifits, BambooHR is a cloud-based HR system that’s simple interface and intuitive design make it a great fit for small and medium sized businesses. Although the program is exclusively an online human resource information system, it does integrate with other payroll solutions or applicant tracking software, giving you easy access from one central dashboard.
Communication is what keeps work flowing and it goes hand in hand with organization. Google Docs will serve well for organizing and storing documents while Thunderbird will help with managing emails.
Best office software: Google Docs/LibreOffice
If you require compatibility with Microsoft Word and Excel, open source OpenOffice successor LibreOffice is probably your best choice since it’s very similar in terms of interface to those paid-for packages. It also includes a presentation package similar to PowerPoint, a drawing package perfect for flowcharts, and its own database software.
Document collaboration is an increasingly important requirement. It’s certainly possible with LibreOffice, but we’d lean more towards the multi-user world of Google’s web apps – Docs and Sheets – for items that teams might need to work on simultaneously.
Best email software: Thunderbird
While Microsoft and Apple have their own options for managing email for free, neither has the sophistication or advanced features of Thunderbird, a well-trodden email package from Firefox’s parent company Mozilla.
Now, you may choose to have all mail managed online through services like Gmail, which is certainly useful if you have a distributed team, no definite hardware ownership, or need frequent access to mailboxes remotely. There’s nothing stopping you – you can integrate web mailboxes with Thunderbird using IMAP, and the changes between them will be synchronised.