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Looking to run a business on a shoestring? One way to start is to cut back on software costs and use free solutions. They may not have the speed or features of their more expensive competition but they work.
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LibreOffice is a free open source alternative to Microsoft's Office suite and Oracle's free OpenOffice. In fact, LibreOffice is a recent spinoff of OpenOffice. The set of included tools should be familiar to Office users - with versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Visio--known as Writer, Calc, Impress, Base and Draw.
Mozilla.org, best known for its Firefox browser, also makes a free, open-source email client - Thunderbird. If you use Firefox, many of Thunderbird's features should look familiar including tabbed email, a one-click address book, and add-ons to customize email clients.