Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants: Office Suites

Tools for Business Owners Who Work With Virtual Assistants: Office SuitesAs a business owner you will inevitably use some type of office suite in your day to day operations. Day to day tasks such as merging letters, updating a database or creating a brochure can be easily delegated to a professional virtual assistant to maintain within your desired office suite. Things to consider when selecting your office suite, also know as a productivity suite, include: cost, ease of use, licensing, programs, web or PC based.

Below is a list of commonly used office suites.

OpenOffice is a open-source office software suite for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases and more. The most recent edition is 3. It is a free, easy to use software with components similar to other traditional office suites. You may download it free of any licence fees, install it on as many PCs as you like and use it for whatever you need.

Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office is a desktop-based office suite that has been around for over 20 years. According to Wikipedia, some version of Microsoft Office is used in 80% of enterprises. It offers Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access, Publisher and Outlook. The most recent version is Microsoft Office 2010 released June 2010. There is also a Mac edition, Office:Mac available. The price ranges from $99 to $499 depending upon your desired Suite. (Academic, Professional, Home and Business, etc)

Zoho Office Suite is a web-based office suite that offers 22 applications including: word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, databases, customer relationship management, invoicing, project management and others. Their applications are separated into 3 different categories: business, productivity and collaboration. Zoho is free for personal use. Every one of the many Zoho services will have a free edition for individuals. Businesses may be charged; however, they offer a discount for non-profit organizations.

Google Apps
Google Apps is a web-based application similar to traditional office suites. Google Apps is free but you can upgrade to Google Apps for Business with additional features for a reasonable $5 per user per month. Highlighted features of this suite are: Gmail, Google Calendar, and Docs. Google Apps’ Gmail offers over 7,6500 MB of email storage space, 10 users within same domain and sending abilities of 500 external recipients per day per email account. There is also a Google Apps Marketplace where you can add more paid and free apps to further customized your Google experience.

Did we miss your favorite office software in this list? Feel free to share the information in the comments, and don’t forget to include a URL!

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