Free software to help you do business

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Post by September 3rd, 2015
IT Services, Software

David McGillivray is the MD of Navertech Ltd and an expert in all things Digital and IT related. As well as running the day-to-day operations, David also works as a digital consultant and trainer.

We all know the well know phrase “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” and whenever I’m offered something for free, I always think about the ulterior motive.

However, being in this line of business, we can separate the good from the bad and find those which are actually free without any real obligation.

With the growing trend for software to be web-based, or dare I say “in the cloud” from a business perspective you can potentially save hundreds, if not thousands of pounds… that got your attention!  Here’s our top 3 free software apps:-

MailChimp allows you to send bulk email messages (such as this e-bulletin) to a mailing list.  What’s special about this is the ability to track how many people opened your message.  In the free version there’s a wide selection of email templates and you can send a whopping 12,000 emails per month to a list of up to 2,000 subscribers.

If you’ve ever struggled to synchronise files between more than one computer and/or mobile device, you’ll be blown away by Dropbox.  Apart from the very clever software which sits on each computer/device to ensures files can be synchronised in real time, it has the added benefit of acting like an off-site backup.  You can also share folders with anyone you like through the Dropbox website.  Under the free “basic” account, you get 2GB of space which for a “swap” area, is more than ample.

With Skype it really is “good to talk”.  You can talk (using a headset or a Skype handset) to anyone else with a Skype account absolutely free, which is particularly good if you make lots of international calls, or if you travel a lot.  It is compatible with webcam for quality video chat and by adding calling credit, you can make landline calls at a cheap rates.

You are welcome to give us a call if you wish to discuss how your business can take advantage of any of these applications, we have the experience to help you set-up these apps.


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