This post may not make me popular with some people because a lot of people think “Why would I want to pay for it, if I can get it for free?” and it embraces the use of big corporation tools. Yes, I know, we all apparently have to hate Microsoft, but I actually don’t, because a big part of my business relies on their tools, which are now more affordable than ever.
Many years ago I decided that I wanted the best tool for the job, rather than the cheapest tools I could find and although that is a grand plan, the high cost of using them become reality when I was broke and started working from home about four years ago.
I would often install a trial package and uninstall it again when the trial run out.
I would then install it again or another version, giving me the tools I wanted and for free.
One day I removed a Microsoft Office trial from my PC and found that I had used too many trials and it wouldn’t install again for me, because it had a hard limit on the number of times I could use a trial version of Office.
This left me scrambling for all the free options I could find, because a big part of my business was inside of Outlook (mail, calendar, tasks and more) and they all stopped working. I believe I lost 2 days of my time on that occasion just trying to get my data imported into another application, but even when I did it wasn’t the same, it didn’t have the integration between my most important tools like Outlook did.
I struggled with clumsy alternatives for about 12 months until one day I found out I could get the complete Microsoft office Suite for just $9.95 US per month. Boom! – It took me about Zero seconds to make my mind up on that one and I have been using that subscription for well over a year now.
With the subscription come some bonuses, including a five user allowance, which meant I could put MS Office on up to four additional devices (PC, Mac & Tablets). The subscription also come with a monthly credit allowance for making telephone calls from Skype to land lines all around the world and 1TB of cloud based storage for each of the 5 users.
I am thinking that is pretty good value for $9.95 per month.
Once I had these important tools back I started looking at what other major software vendors offered software as a subscription and to my surprise I found that I could buy Adobe PhotoShop on a monthly subscription inexpensively as well, so I said goodbye to my old version of PhotoShop and upgraded immediately. When I purchased this subscription I was pleasantly surprised to find that it come with most of Adobe’s applications included in the one subscription price.
Links to the packages I have spoken about in this article.
If you’re looking for software tools to run your business there are now more affordable options than ever available and I would suggest looking for tools as a subscription. There are many benefits in subscription software, including the fact that most packages come with free upgrades (you always have access to the latest version).
That is all I have time for today.
Best wishes and bye for now.
Just a Home Business Learner