Free Softwares/Tools/Services to run your Small and Medium Business

You have a small and medium business (SMB) and you are on the budget to implement your IT infrastructure. Don’t worry! There is a multitude of good and free tools out there.

Email Service

Create an account on Gmail – https://mail.google.com

This Google account will allow you to access many useful collaborative services such as:

  • Calendar Service: Free Organise meetings & events – https://calendar.google.com
  • Contact Service: Free Directory of your contacts – https://contacts.google.com
  • Google Docs: Free alternative to Microsoft Word. Many users can work simultaneously on the same document. Versioning control. And more… – https://docs.google.com
  • Google Sheets: Free alternative to Microsoft Excel. Same as Google Docs, many users can work simultaneously on the same document. Versioning control. And more… – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/
  • Google Slides: Free alternative to Microsoft PowerPoint. Same as the other Google tools, many users can work simultaneously on the same document. Versioning control. And more… – https://docs.google.com/presentation
  • Google Drive: Free 15 GB cloud storage space – https://drive.google.com
  • And more…

Operating System

Install the free operating system on to your server to replace Windows or other Linux paid OS: Ubuntu Server

Remote Access

Install Chrome Remote Desktop which is a free remote control software, a good alternative to Teamviewer: How to install Chrome Remote Desktop on Ubuntu 18.04 – (pretty much same config for Ubuntu 16.04)

VPN

How to set up an OpenVPN Server on Ubuntu 16.04

Cloud Printing

Google Cloud Print on Ubuntu 16.04, in 10 minutes!

Dynamic Domain Name Service

How to set up Free DDNS Service on Ubuntu

Backup

How to install and configure ownCloud on Ubuntu 16.06

Usually, I couple ownCloud with a Dropbox account (not free) for redundancy.

ERP / E-commerce website

Install Odoo on an Amazon Lightsail server for $20 / month.

Open Source ERP – Odoo 11 – installation guide on Ubuntu 16.04

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