Starting up a small business can seem a scary proposition, and it’s often difficult at first to know what software you will need.
While there are obvious basics, such as productivity suites and accounting platforms, it’s always possible that something can take you by surprise. That’s why it’s good to have a general idea of what different types of software are out there, so that the moment you identify a need, you can also identify a solution.
This is especially the case when you start to grow and find yourself wanting to communicate and collaborate with new employees, customers, or suppliers.
Luckily, there is a lot of competition online in the software market, and while there are big name products priced for big name clients, there are always smaller and cheaper packages which can be just as good. The challenge is to find not just the type you need, but the one that comes in at the right price for you.
However, even some of the more seemingly expensive software suites sometimes have a free tier, so you can try it out and see if it works for you – and if it does, you can grow into the software as your business cashflow improves.
Even better is that sometimes there are free alternatives to paid-for brand name suites, though often it’s the case that you get what you pay for, and cheap or free can come with limitations.
We’ll therefore look to list a wide range of software types that it’s good to be familiar with, and feature the best on the market, so that should you develop a…