Small-Business Software

Software Programs

  • Database programs keep track of current and prospective customers, generate invoices, create mailing labels, maintain personnel records, prepare expense reports, and store a variety of data for easy reference.

  • Spreadsheet programs enable effective financial planning, expense tracking, forecasting and budgeting. They allow for the computation of numerical and statistical information, as well as the ready preparation of graphs and charts.

  • Word processing programs enable the creation of documents in all shapes and sizes, and contain state-of-the-art spelling checkers, grammar checkers and thesauri. Many now come with full Internet connectivity.

  • Office suites give you the advantage of having several major software programs combined into one package. Suites usually contain a word processing program, spreadsheet and accounting programs, as well as many added features, such as desktop-publishing capabilities and information managers.
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This article was originally published in the May 1997 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Small-Business Software.

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