Best Apps – FREE and almost free

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Email

Google Gmail

Having a Gmail account is your gateway to all things Google. Yourname@gmail.com becomes your login username for Android, Google+ for Business, Analytics, Search, Google Docs and more.

Microsoft Outlook

Impressive new features and a Yourname@outlook.com user name.


Office Apps

 

Google Drive Docs Sheets Slides etc.

Use Google Drive to save your docs and never be without a file. Hint: You can access all of your Google apps from one place: https://Drive.Google.com – Bookmark it. Save it!


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Microsoft 365 (Formerly Office 365)

Impressive new features and a cool yourname@outlook.com user name.


Browser

Brave

Just like Google Chrome – based on the open-source Chromium, has 80% of the features of Chrome, but NONE of the tracking and add features.  It is secure, reliable, compatible and has options for terrific extensions and plug-ins. Warning: Some sites don’t work with Brave, so don’t delete Chrome quite yet.

Edge (2020 version)

Microsoft joins the Google Camp by offering the Edge Browser based on Google’s Chromium open-source. Yes, Google. In my mind, the jury is still out deciding, but it’s a Brave new World (pun-intended)

Google Chrome

Simply the most widely used browser, and for a good reason; it is secure, reliable, compatible and has options for terrific extensions and plug-ins.

Mozilla FireFox

A great alternative to Chrome when you need. Sometimes can be less secure because of its open architecture.


Cloud Storage

Google Drive

Sync files and folders from your hard drive to the Cloud and always have your files available, anywhere. A key part of Google Docs.

Microsoft OneDrive

Great companion for the free online versions of Word, Excel & Outlook. Some limitations in quantity of files that can be stored make it less attractive to business use.


Accounting Software

Wave Accounting

Basic Accounting system that is superb for home businesses and entrepreneurs. Includes a powerful Invoicing system with a built-in merchant account. Read a 3rd party Wave Apps Review Here by Cloudwards.net


VoIP

Google Voice 

Get a free phone number with voice mail. Advertise this as your business line, then direct calls to your home or cell while keeping them private.


Email Marketing

Mail Chimp 

Blast your news to your contacts! But, be sure to use the double-opt-in features to get your contacts or you could be black-listed quickly.


Project Management

Asana 

Simple task and project management for small business.


Free Security Software for Windows

CAUTION:  Many others can NOT be trusted. I only recommend those on this page. [I do NOT recommend Norton/Symantec, McAfee, AVG. You’d be better off with the free version of Windows Defender]

AntiVirus

Sophos Home

In the past Sophos has only offered business solutions – now with Sophos Home you can get that same protection on up to 10 computers for free.

Anti-Malware & Antivirus

Malwarebytes

The new standard in eliminating Malware. Perfect when partnered with Webroot.

The Full Version stops malware before you are infected – well worth the $ money.

Anti-Malware

SpyBot S&D

(Difficult to use – only recommended for advanced users).


Clean-up Tools

CCleaner

Caution: this will clean all browser settings including history, cache, etc.

SpyBot S&D

(Difficult to use – only recommended for advanced users).


Password Manager

LastPass

If you are tired of managing passwords for dozens of sites, try Last Pass – it takes SOME of the pain out. Still it is up to you to use effective passwords.
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OpenSource (Free)
software for Windows and Linux

Office Suite

Libre Office

Reads and writes all Microsoft Files with near 100% accuracy.


Open Office

Email Client

Asana 

Simple task and project management for small business.

Photo Editor

GIMP – Randy’s Favorite

80% of the features of PhotoShop – takes some experience to become proficient.

Desktop Publishing

Scribus

Advanced users only: Suggested for experienced DeskTop Publishing experts only.

Graphic Editor

Inkscape

Advanced users only: Suggested for experienced DeskTop Publishing experts only.

Media Player

VLC Media Player – Randy’s Favorite

Frustrated with Media Players that don’t play your file type or disc? VLC can do it.


Software Download Service

Ninite

One place to download all your favorite software and utilities.


Audio MP3 WAV Editor

Audacity

Audacity is a free, easy-to-use, multi-track audio editor and recorder for Windows, Mac OS X, GNU/Linux and other operating systems.

PDF Printer

CutePDF

Create PDFs quickly and easily from any program that will print.

FTP Client

Filezilla

Yes, FTP is still used in many applications – mostly web devs and geeks, but this is a handy one.

Mind Map

Freemind

Organize your thoughts on any subject using a Mind Map.


Linux Operating Systems

Linux Ubuntu

(Leading Linux Distro)

If another OS isn’t cutting it, or you want to free yourself from the mainstream, install Linux on your computer.

Get your Geek on… it takes some patience and geekiness to make it the most effective.

Linux Mint

(best for Windows users)

An alternative distro of Linux Ubuntu that operates more like Microsoft Windows.


 LOW COST Services

Merchant Credit Card Systems

Wave Apps

Built-in Merchant Account (2.9% plus 30 cents)

More than 2 million small businesses and freelancers use Wave to send invoices and manage accounting and bookkeeping.

Paypal (2.9% plus 30 cents)

PayPal is the faster, safer way to send money, make an online payment, receive money or set up a merchant account.

Square (2.75% – 2.9%  depends on card type)

Square helps millions of sellers run their business- from secure credit card processing to point of sale solutions.


Accounting Software

QuickBooks Online – Randy’s Favorite

Start at $12.95 per month for a basic system. The #1 rated small business accounting software. Run your whole business better with QuickBooks.

FreshBooks

The best cloud based small business accounting software. Send invoices, track time, manage receipts, expenses, and accept credit cards. Start at $12.95 per month for a basic system.


Office Apps

Microsoft Office 365

At $85 per year you can get ALL of Microsoft’s Office apps on Five (5) of your computers. No need to fork out $360+ for the premium version of Office anymore. Expand your OneDrive capacity and your redundancy improves again.

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G Suite 

Create an entire collaboration environment with Google products. Manage and control for all your employees on one console. Similar in price to others at $10 to $15 per month.


Honorable Mention

Comprehensive Suite of Business software.

Zoho Apps: about 45 business apps


Hitman Pro : Anti-malware


DropBox : Cloud Storage


VirtualBox for Linux : Run Windows under
Linux