As small business owners, we have to look in every little nook and cranny to find ways to maximize sales and minimize expenses.
One way you can minimize the expenses of running your business is to take a look at open source software. According to wikipedia, open source software refers to computer software available with its source code and under an open source license to study, change, and improve its design.
The upside of open source software is that it is free. The downside is that often the learning curve is steep. But if you are willing to invest in sweat equity or paying someone to customize the code for you, it can pay off in big time savings.
There is open source software for just about anything you can think of.
Take a look at the open source directory here. You could spend hours looking for just the right thing. You’re better off going in knowing what you are looking for (like shopping cart or linking software for example).
A good way to find out about what open source software for small business is available is to give a “shout out” at your favorite online forum. That’s what happened recently over at the Minding Your Own Business forum.
The discussion revealed a mountain of information. Take a look at the open source discussion here. What do you think about using open source software? Have you had good or bad experience with it? Leave me a comment.