Free Document & Spreadsheet software:
10 years ago when writing documents and spreadsheets it was Microsoft Office Word or Excel or nothing. These days the competition has heated up.
LibreOffice is a free fully fledged suite of programs where you will be able to run a small business efficiently and effectively. Their version of Word and Excel is very similar and the learning curve is non-existent between Microsoft and LibreOffice. The main difference you will notice immediately is the file type is different and you will need to install a plug-in to read Office programs.
The other feature that I love is LibreOffice ability to pdf your document quickly, easily and for free. In fact for whatever reason the PDFs that are created are already natively a smaller file size so you can email without resizing. What no more 1MB pdfs?!?
Whilst LibreOffice is a great program for the frugal business owner, due to compatibility issues with various file extensions it really isn’t suitable for larger businesses.