Top 5 Best Free Programs for Starting a New Business
The biggest problem when starting your own private company is the risk you take and the money. As far as risk is concerned, we have one encouraging remark. Employment in the company used to be secure. Back when you could count on starting and ending your career in the same company and thus having a secure income for the rest of your life.
That has not been true for decades. You can get fired because the company has changed location because it will make more money by hiring a beginner who they can pay less or a global pandemic will break out, the company doesn’t work for a couple of weeks and you get fired so they can save some money. In short, in private companies, you have absolutely no security, so the risk is not that great.
As far as money is concerned, the situation here is encouraging. Many jobs for which you once had to hire professionals, today can do it yourself using free programs and without any knowledge in the field. That’s why we’ve made a list of the top 5 best free programs for starting a new business.
Keep in mind that most of the programs we write about will meet your needs for free only in the beginning until the company grows enough that you have to pay for the full version of the program or hire a professional.
The first thing any company needs is a website, but if you are just starting out, hiring a developer can be very expensive as well as unnecessary, of course, depending on the type of business your company does. That’s why we put Wix in the first place, a free program that is available through the website, so it’s available on all operating systems. With this program, you can create a website without any programming knowledge.
Wix is extremely easy to use. As we said, you do not need any programming knowledge to use it, but it is necessary to get acquainted with the program options and user interface. What makes using this program so simple is the fact that you can use hundreds of free templates that will give you the skeleton of a website that you just need to edit.
Wix also supports more advanced options such as creating e-commerce websites, but it is our opinion that the program is best used for simple sites, which have no advanced options, just images, and text. When it comes to online payment or private user information, this is best left to professionals.
Informing users about new products, news or discounts is very important, especially if you are just starting out, and the cheapest way is to send them an email directly. For this, we use the Newsletter, an advertising email for which users sign up themselves.
MailChimp is a free program for sending Newsletters, which means that you are given the opportunity to send one email to several users at once. It is available through the website so you can use it on all operating systems.
The program is very easy to use, and the main reason is that, as with the previous program from this list, you can use a large number of templates to create an attractive-looking email, which you just need to edit as you see fit. The next step is to add a list of emails to which the Newsletter should be sent and schedule a time to send them.
The reason why we chose MailChimp and not some other program is the Forever Free plan that this program offers. Namely, as long as you send less than 12000 emails per month and to less than 2000 email addresses, the program is completely free. Great option when you are just starting your business and you still do not have a large number of users.
Another way you can advertise for free is through social networks. Today, it is difficult to find a person who does not use at least one social network, so this type of advertising is extremely popular and effective. However, most social networks do not have the option of scheduling posts, and making a post on each social network separately can be tedious.
Buffer is the solution to all these problems. It is a free program that is available on the computer through the website, which means that it can be used on all operating systems, as well as through applications for Android and iOS. Buffer supports all popular social networks, and in the free package you can make posts on up to three social networks of your choice and schedule up to 10 posts on each social network.
It’s easy to use. The first thing you need to do is create an account, and then select the social networks on which you want to post (the paid version allows you to make posts on all supported social networks and without restrictions on the number of posts). After this, making the posts themselves is easy. You have a form in which you just need to enter what you want to publish, schedule the time and date, and everything after that happens automatically.
Website, Android, and iOS
Visit the Buffer website.
Download Buffer for Android.
Download Buffer for iOS.
The first three programs we wrote about all deal with some kind of advertising. When you are just starting a company, informing potential customers is of the utmost importance. This, of course, is so you can make a profit. When you finally start making a profit, you need an accountant who will take care of your company’s debts and expenses.
In the beginning, you do not have to hire the services of a professional accountant for this, but we suggest you use ProfitBooks, a free program that is available on your computer via the website, and on Android and iOS via the application.
ProfitBooks is an easy-to-use program for which you do not need any knowledge in the field of accounting. You can make invoices, track costs, as well as company inventory. Whether you are engaged in production or sales, all the necessary information is easily accessible, and it is possible to share this information via email.
Website, Android, and iOS
Visit the ProfitBooks website.
Download ProfitBooks for Android.
Download ProfitBooks for iOS.
The last program that we will present to you is the most famous on this list. It is Google Docs, a free program that is available on the computer via the website, and on Android and iOS via the application.
Google Docs is used for writing and editing text documents and is very similar to Word. If you know how to use Word, you know how to use Google Docs. What makes this program so good is the fact that it allows multiple users to collaborate at once, as well as the ability to use Google’s Cloud service, Google Drive, for free.
Perhaps it is better to say that Google Drive allows the use of Google Docs, but also programs such as Google Sheets, Google Slide, and others. If you are in any business, you must try this software package. They offer so much, completely free, without artificial restrictions, without ads and they all work flawlessly.
Website, Android, and iOS
Visit the Google Docs website.
Download Google Docs for Android.
Download Google Docs for iOS.