Open Source Replacements For Small Business Software

Small business software can often cost a lot of money. But there is no reason to spend a fortune since you can replace almost any of today’s commercial software with free, open source alternatives.

Here at is a huge list of seventy free open source alternatives you can use on your PC for your small business.

It’s a great article that lists basically all available alternatives on software that is out there today.

The list does not only contain business software such as replacements for Quickbooks or Sharepoint, it also lists commonly used utilities that are available for free, such as web browsers and other tools.

Start saving money with those great Open Source software packages!


On Workplace Assessments

office-ergonomicsIf you happen to be a business owner in the United Kingdom, chances are you will come across the challenge to make your employee’s workplaces and workstations more ergonomic.

Office ergonomics are especially important in the United Kingdom since we have strict regulations for work ergonomics in place.

Employers in the UK but also those in various other countries of the EU are at obligation that worker’s workspaces confirm to what is called DSE regulations. (DSE stands for display screen equipment, so basically this is a another term for computers, monitors or similar devices).

Obviously, making sure that a workplace conforms to those regulations is not something the average Joe can do. Simply buying an ergonomic desk chair is steerable and sufficient. There are various factors that need to be taken into account if you want to make sure that a work place is ergonomic and won’t pose any type of health hazard for your employees.

A professional workplace assessment means that experts are looking at all those factors, including but not limited to right posture or environmental factors. A lot of those points may not even be obvious at first, this is why workplace assessments are always performed by qualified professionals.

A DSE desk assessment can be done on-site or online. For most smaller to mid-sized businesses, the on-site workstation assessment is probably the one they would choose. The online workstation assessment can be an option if you have a larger number of workplaces to assess. In such cases, and on-site analysis of each particular worker and their workstation may not be practical. The on-site DSE assessment works in such a way that weaknesses in ergonomics and environmental factors are discovered when employees go through a number of questions and answer them using an online assessment system.

Many times, those companies that provide work place assessments can also help you to get the right ergonomic office furniture. I recommend that you contact them and ask them about their services if you want to improve your office ergonomics.

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A Tip If You Need To Train Your Staff In First Aid

First-Aid-coursesA lot of companies in various industries will at some point want to have their staff trained in proper first aid.

Amongst the industries which come to mind here would be manufacturing plants or warehouses and all types of industries where there is a heightened risk for injuries and accidents.

But first aid training is also valuable for employees in other fields such as retail and even in a typical office environment.

You can never know where and when when an accident happens and is then where knowing about first aid will be extremely helpful.

What is the main purpose of proper first aid and what makes it so invaluable for saving further injuries and in many cases even lives?

When an accident happens it will always take some time until the medical professionals that have been called will be there. If you’re fortunate enough this will only take minutes. But even if it only takes minutes until doctors will be around it is those minutes which can be critical. Think about someone having a heart attack, a car accident or a similar emergency situation.

First aid serves the purpose so that the best assistance to an injured person can be given right away.

How can you train your staff in first aid?

Private persons may often be able to attend first aid training courses at local community colleges or at organizations like the Red Cross. But for entire firms and the staff this is not really a viable solution. Here it is much better when a provider that can offer first aid training comes to the business premises and can train the employees right there.

Several providers exist that can do exactly that. You can contact them and can arrange first aid training courses for your company or business. There may be several different first aid training courses available. The best thing you can do is have the provider advise you what types of first aid training courses they offer and which one would be best in regards to the particular health risks that may be present in your company.


What Is E-Invoicing?

For almost any business owner, and here it doesn’t matter what size a business may be, cost savings and  operating at peak efficiency are always top priority. One area where the business owner can see dramatic cost savings is by replacing their traditional invoicing process with e-invoicing.

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What is E-invoicing?

With E-invoicing, most of the steps involved with traditional invoicing such as mailroom, post, printing, sorting and registration become unnecessary and obsolete.  The supplier can send electronic invoices right to the customer without all those steps necessary. In some cases, suppliers can save up to 70% on costs just from switching to electronic invoicing.

What makes e-invoicing in particular appealing is the fact that it is compatible with most existing forms of conventional invoicing. What this means is that a supplier does not need to acquire new technology to switch to electronic invoicing nor will there be any large financial investment required.

Modern e-invoicing systems take advantage of the fact that almost 90% of invoices today are created as electronic PDF files. Those documents can be read and then digitally processed. What this means is that the supplier simply emails a PDF invoice and  the customer will receive the electronic e-invoice data within minutes.

Any supplier can be an e-invoice supplier. With modern cloud-based e-invoice systems there is no reason to  worry since those systems can use  existing tools and processes seamlessly.  The significant cost savings and  faster and more effective operations make e-invoicing the recommended invoicing alternative for many types of businesses today.

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Choosing a Hosting Company For Your Small Business

web-hostingIf you happen to be a small business owner, chances are you may have a web site. And if you happen to own a web site, you will at some point also face the decision to go with a particular hosting company.

In my opinion, saving money on your hosting provider is a bad idea.

Many of the the “bargain” web hosting companies today are lacking in certain features that you as a small business owners would really such as added security need or they are simply unreliable. Yes you may save the one or the other buck by going with a cheap hosting company but what use has it if your web site will face outages or go down once it will see a good amount of traffic?

If you choose a reliable web hosting company such as Bluehost or Dreamhost you can always be sure that your web site will operate flawlessly. Those companies have a lot of experience in the hosting field, unlike many of the unreliable newcomers in the web hosting industry. Your business should be worth it that you go with a good web hosting company!

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