Running a business from home is great, but there are a few downsides. Separating work from your personal life, dealing with taxes and constantly seeking out new clients are just a few. But another one that a lot of people don’t think about is finding the right programs.
There are a few must-have computer programs for your business that you should invest in. Even though there is a lot of competition and noise out there, all you really need are these few to get started.
Knowing your numbers can make or break your business. No matter what type of home business you are running, knowing exactly what your income and expenses is a must if you are to make profitable decisions moving forward. A program like Quickbooks offers an inexpensive way to keep all your data organized so that you know exactly where every penny is going.
This can be either Microsoft Office or something like Open Office. These suites allow you to create word documents, spreadsheets, presentations and more.
Even if it doesn’t seem like your business needs these right now, chances are high that you’ll need them in the future. Spreadsheets are great for tracking goals, revenues and sales. Word documents are critical for creating invoices, newsletters, brochures and more.
If you don’t want to download software, you can consider using Google Drive. It has a lot of capabilities, just keep in mind that it’s not as robust as most downloadable programs.
Most successful home-based businesses rely on email lists of their customers. Whether these are customers that have spent thousands of dollars or just signed up for a free newsletter, having an email list software is critical.
There are several ways to do this. One way is to install software on your computer. The advantage is that you don’t need to pay monthly fees, but the disadvantage is that it requires a lot of technical expertise and can cause you IT problems.
The other solution is to work with an email list company like AWeber or Constant Contact. These aren’t necessarily software programs, but services that allow you to store email addresses and email customers a newsletter, digital product, etc.
When your entire livelihood relies on your home business, don’t you think it’s important to take protective measures? After all, you lock your front door when at night and when you’re not home, right?
Likewise, you need to get your hands on a good anti-virus program. Granted- if you’re using a Mac or Chromebook, this isn’t as much of an issue. But if you have a Windows-based PC, you need to keep it protected.
Notice that most of the recommendations were generic. That’s because some people like Microsoft Office, others like Google Drive. At the end of the day most of those things don’t matter, unless you need something more robust than the general population.
But just about every business owner should implement Evernote. There are competitors, but none of them work as well as this beauty.
Evernote lets you track goals, journal about your lessons learned, upcoming projects…everything. It’s a great one-stop-shop for putting just about everything in your business besides large files.