FREE Small Business Software – Immediate Downloads

All WINDOWS business software on this page is FREE. We strongly suggest you not underestimate the value and quality of these programs. In most cases, ALL are comparable to their paid counterparts. There are tens of thousands of free software packages available, and MOST are junk. 

We ONLY include the BEST and primarily the most popular ones here. We don’t list a lot of choices to prevent our visitors from being overwhelmed and confused with too many choices, especially when there is generally only one or two that are outstanding. We’ve done the work for you.

We use many of these and have tested them all.  Some offer an upgrade to Pro version, but all have the free version too. Some essential programs not having a free release are available on our Products page. You will find just about everything you will need to set up and operate your home business office.

Open Office Suite
A Microsoft Alternative. A suite of business programs
Apache OpenOffice is the leading open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, graphics, databases and more. It is available in many languages and works on all common computers. It stores all your data in an international open standard format and can also read and write files from other common office software packages.

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 LibreOffice Suite
A Microsoft Alternative. A suite of business programs
LibreOffice is a powerful office suite – its clean interface and feature-rich tools help you unleash your creativity and enhance your productivity. LibreOffice includes several applications that make it the most powerful Free and Open Source office suite on the market: Writer (word processing), Calc (spreadsheets), Impress (presentations), Draw (vector graphics and flowcharts), Base (databases), and Math (formula editing).
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Foxit Reader
PDF File reader & printer
Foxit Reader goes beyond PDF viewing; it’s ConnectedPDF Powered. ConnectedPDF is leading edge technology that powers cloud-based services for PDF files. We feel this is a better PDF Reader than Adobe Reader, especially because they don’t attempt to sneak in other software when loading theirs.
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Paint.NET
A feature-rich replacement for the overly simple Microsoft Paint software for editing graphics.
Paint.NET is image and photo editing software for PCs that run Windows. It features an intuitive and innovative user interface with support for layers; unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools. An active and growing online community provides friendly help, tutorials, and plugins.
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GIMP
A Deluxe Graphics editor is similar to Adobe Photoshop.
GIMP is a cross-platform image editor available for GNU/Linux, OS X, Windows, and more operating systems. It is free software; you can change its source code and distribute your changes. Whether you are a graphic designer, photographer, illustrator, or scientist, GIMP provides you with sophisticated tools to get your job done. You can further enhance your productivity with GIMP thanks to many customization options and 3rd party plugins.

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7-Zip

7-Zip is a free and open-source file archiver; a utility used to place groups of files within compressed containers known as “archives.” It is developed by Igor Pavlov.

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Digital sticky notes
Post-It notes on your desktop
Everyone knows sticky notes, those little-colored notes we use every day to remind us of tasks, missed calls and other important things?  Now you can replace the sticky paper notes with efficient digital notes that are ‘pinned’ to your desktop. You can customize their appearance with new background colors and text fonts, attach a file to them, add an alarm to them and more.  The program puts an icon in the system tray, from which you can access its main functionsYou can share notes by email or in a local network, as well as the backup option that makes sure you’ll never lose an important note.

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Mozilla Thunderbird
Was the #1 free Email software. No longer supported but still highly used
 Thunderbird is a free email application that’s easy to set up and customize – and it’s loaded with great features! Mail Account Setup Wizard – Before this feature, you had to know your IMAP, SMTP, and SSL/TLS settings. Now all you need to provide is your name, email address, and password and the email account set up wizardry will check our database and find the email settings for you. Note: This Open Source Freeware is no longer supported. It works well but won’t have any new features in the future.
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Scribus
Desktop Publishing alternative
An Open Source desktop Publishing applications. Underneath a user-friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK colors, spot colors, ICC color management, and versatile PDF creation. Scribus has many unexpected touches, such as powerful vector drawing tools, support for a huge number of file types via import/export filters, emulation of color blindness or the rendering of markup languages like LaTeX or Lilypond inside Scribus. The Scribus file format is XML-based and open. Unlike proprietary binary file formats, even damaged documents can be recovered with a simple text editor

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MailBird Email Software
One of the BEST Email Softwares
Mailbird is BETTER than Thunderbird – It’s more than just another email client. Unlike most of the competition, Mailbird is designed to change the way you manage your email, scheduling, tasks, communications, and beyond. However, it doesn’t require you to sign up for a bunch of new accounts and services. Instead, Mailbird lets you bring all your accounts onto one amazing looking platform where you can do everything in one place.

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NotePad++
More features than MS Notepad
 Notepad is a simple but powerful TEXT READER replacement for Windows Notepad and supports several languages. Running in the MS Windows environment it.

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Task Coach
Digital Daily To-Do Task Manager
Task Coach is a simple open source todo manager to keep track of personal tasks and to-do lists. It is designed for composite tasks, and also offers effort tracking, categories, notes and more
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VLC Media Player
Very popular, easy to use video/audio player
VLC plays Files, Discs, Webcams, Devices & Streams. We prefer and use this over the Windows Media Player. It’s simple, yet feature rich.

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GNU Cash
small-business financial accounting software
 GnuCash is personal and small-business financial-accounting software. Designed to be easy to use, yet powerful and flexible, GnuCash allows you to track bank accounts, stocks, income, and expenses. As quick and intuitive to use as a checkbook register, it is based on professional accounting principles to ensure balanced books and accurate reports.
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HomeBank Accounting
Personal Accounting Software
 If you are looking for a completely free and easy application to manage your accounting, budget, finance, then HomeBank should be the software of choice.
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Today you need to remember many passwords. You need a password for the Windows network logon, your e-mail account, your website’s FTP password, online passwords (like website member account), etc. etc. etc. The list is endless. Also, you should use different passwords for each account. Because if you use only one password everywhere and someone gets this password, you have a problem… A serious problem. The thief would have access to your e-mail account, website, etc. Unimaginable.  It helps you to manage your passwords securely. You can put all your passwords in one database, which is locked with one master key or a key file. So you only have to remember one single master password or select the key file to unlock the whole database.

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Audacity
Audacity® is free, open source, cross-platform audio software for multi-track recording and editing.  Audacity can record live audio through a microphone or mixer, or digitize recordings from other media. With some sound cards, and on any recent version of Windows, Audacity can also capture streaming audio.
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Amazing Audio Player

Amazing Audio Player is an easy-to-use Windows & Mac app that enables you to create an HTML5 audio player for your website. The audio player works on iPhone, iPad, Android, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera and Internet Explorer 7/8/9/10. It can also be published as a WordPress Audio Player Plugin, Joomla Audio Player Module or Drupal Audio Player Module.

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Lightworks
Movie Editing Software
Lightworks editor has been at the forefront of film editing, having been used on many of the finest films in cinema history: The Wolf of Wall Street, LA Confidential, Pulp Fiction, Heat, Road to Perdition, Hugo, The King’s Speech and many more! Now with the release of Lightworks v14.0, we have created the complete video creative package so everyone can make a video that stands out from the crowd. Whether you need to make a video for social media, YouTube or a 4K film project, Lightworks makes it all possible!

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Tawk. To
Add Chat to Your Website
tawk.to is a free messaging app that lets you monitor and chat with visitors on your website, mobile app or from a free customizable page.  tawk.to makes it easy to deliver personalized and real-time customer service.  Monitor traffic on your website and be there when visitors need you most.  Proactively initiate a chat with your website visitors and app users.  Unlock a new frictionless channel for conversational commerce
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FileZilla
FileZilla is FTP Software
An FTP Client is a program designed to transfer files between two computers. While most web browsers support FTP file downloads, to upload files and to perform other FTP tasks a dedicated FTP Client is needed. By using an FTP Client users can upload, download, delete, rename, move and copy files on a remote server. While FTP could be accessed via terminal, programs with a graphical user interface are preferred, and Filezilla Client represents an easy to use multiplatform solution. Filezilla is the most popular and easy to use FTP Client, it is feature rich and available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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