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Save Money With Free Software & Services For Your Small Business

Taxes & Money Management


Quicken Online provides a free web based service for managing your finances, it includes automatic bill reminders, plus you can check your finances on your mobile phone.

TurboTax from Intuit will file your 1040EZ or other simple forms for free.  The Internal Revenue Service also has a list of companies that provide free tax preparation and online filing services for eligible taxpayers, plus they have blank fillable forms online that you can use to quickly and easily prepare your own taxes.


Office Support


If you’ve got limited office support, or take on most office chores yourself, I’d highly recommend that you try RapidFAX’s free 30 day trial that sends faxes directly to your email.  This simple service can save you time and the expense of a fax machine and supplies for only $9.95/month once the free trial period is over.

VistaPrint will provide you with 250 free full color business cards.  You can choose from over 42 designs and all you have to pay is shipping and handling.  If you need more than 250 business cards, or just want to re-order later, their regular prices are a steal, even when compared to local prices for two-color printed cards.

Skype has an excellent service that allows you to talk to anyone around the world for free over your Internet connection.  The basic service is free and requires only a small software download on your computer.  There are also upgrade packages and accessories available, however they are not necessary to use the service.  I purchased a Skype compatible phone from Wal-Mart for less than $30 so I could talk to my husband for free while he was travelling outside the country.


Security


Anti-virus software protection is a necessity these days, but you don’t need to pay those pricey subscription fees to keep your software up to date.  AVG Anti-Virus Software is available for free from Grisoft and provides basic protection against viruses and spyware.

PC Tools also provides a powerful free anti-virus software product that will protect against viruses and worms.  Since the software is free, it doesn’t come with technical support, however the free version does provide excellent protection for your computer.


Other Neat Stuff


You can also get free game downloads and screensavers from Permission Research once you’ve got your taxes and other work done

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