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Small Business Software to Improve Productivity

Graphic Design Software

You may want to be capable of creating your own logos, banners, and other visual designs. Graphic design programs enable you to design your own brochures, flyers, and other advertisements.

1. Photoshop - $699

Image editing and composition. Manipulate images and create your own designs.

2. CorelDRAW - $499

Illustration, layout, tracing, photo editing and Web graphics, all in one

3. Adobe Creative Suite - starting from $1,699

Includes Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign all in one bundle.

Website Creation

Creating a website is a process that has a long-term learning curve. As a small business owner you might not have enough time to teach yourself, but still want to design your own website. These programs automate the process for you, making website creation a simple task.

1. Intuit Website Creator - $59.88

Offers the most templates out of all the website creation programs. Quickly create your website using thousands of template and stock photos, and build customized 5-page sites using drag and drop tools and step by step assistance. A great choice for creating a customized website for your small business.

2. Web Easy Professional - $49.95

Create your webpage within hours. Whether you're a web design pro or it's your first time, Web Easy Professional makes the process easy.

3. Xara Web Designer - $49.99

Xara offers the most freedom when it comes to page layout. Provides options for publishing, creating animation, graphic and document design and image editing.

Web Hosting Solutions

You need a web hosting provider in order to host your website onto the internet. These are the 5 best web hosts around, they offer a variety of packages to fit your needs.

1. HostGator

2. GoDaddy

3. iPage

4. Blue Host

5. Super Green Hosting

Automation of time-consuming tasks will allow you to focus on what really matters for your business, maintaining your vision and achieving goals. The less time spent on these tasks, the more time you will free up for productive activities, maybe even for some extra sleep each night! So don't drive yourself crazy with busy work, do your homework and find out which programs are right for your needs. You may find that streamlining your processes was the smartest choice you ever made for your business.
 
Comments
Oct 5, 2010
by Anonymous

Needs better definition of "small business"

Steve: What is a "small business"? Small businesses can range from single-person, home-office setups to mom-and-pop manufacturing or sales operations (candy maker, gift baskets) to 30-person repair or delivery services (plumbers, florists). The software that's listed doesn't consistently fit any of these categories, and in some cases would be a poor fit for larger small businesses.

There's also an entire category that's missing here: data backup. If a hard drive dies and takes the company ledger or customer database with it, the small business closes its doors tomorrow. I'd put a backup service at the top of the list and certainly ahead of record management.

Business owners can always DIY and put together a customized solution that fits the business. That takes time and energy away from what the business owner does best, which is probably not business system installation and maintenance. It would be better to ask other business owners for recommendations for someone local who helps set up all the moving pieces.

Oct 20, 2010
by Spencer Lanoue

RE: Needs better definition of "small business"

If you would read on to the 2nd and 3rd pages you would see that I do suggest data backup products, as well as many others.  

- Spencer Lanoue

Oct 20, 2010
by Anonymous

hostgator

I have used Hostgator web hosting for last 2 years, the service is great and I've never had any problems.

Oct 26, 2011
by Anonymous

Productivity tools

I use Google Docs for easy online sharing.