FREE Software Programs to Download for the Home Office

Listed below are several free software programs and comparable off-the-shelf versions.  Each free program is well-tested and proper for a home business that wants to save money on common software programs.

–        Open Office – a substitute for the classic Microsoft Office package

–        GIMP – an image manipulation program, similar to Adobe Photoshop

–        Picasa – is an image organizer and image viewer for organizing and editing digital photos

–        Snipping Tool – available for Windows XP and later operating system versions and used to capture screen shots, manipulate, and annotate.  Compare to Snag It.


(this sunrise photo is free from MorgueFile)

–        CutePDF – is a PDF writer, similar to Adobe Acrobat.  Files are saved in PDF format and opened by Adobe Reader.

–        SpyBot and Ad Aware – both find and destroy spyware, malware, adware, and other malicious software.  Similar to many anti-virus programs available.

–        Apple iTunes – Manage your music, and movie libraries on your PC, iPod, iPad or Mac

–        Google Chrome, Firefox – alternatives to Microsoft Internet Explorer

–        Skype – for Windows XP and later.  Free instant messaging to friends and family, free Skype to Skype calls over the Internet, video calls on Skype and Facebook

–        MorgueFile – license and royalty free pictures for use in blogs and websites!  Compare to ShutterStock, Ghetty Images, and iStockPhoto.

This is a great way to spend little but get a lot of features.  Most are user-friendly, stable, and suitable for a home business.  Many other free packages are on the Internet, but I have personal experience with this list and feel comfortable recommending these programs.

By Dion D. Shaw

Dion D. Shaw is the founder and owner of Homepreneurs

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Homepreneurs does not endorse nor have any relationships with any of the services listed.  Homepreneurs receives no compensation or consideration for its suggestions.  Homepreneurs strongly urges all interested parties to conduct research and accepts no responsibility for any losses incurred.

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