3 Tips: Free Software

As a small business owner working with non-profits and small businesses, The Leone Company’s goal is always to keep costs down.  I print on the reverse side of scrap paper.  I keep electronic files as often as I can.  And I always look for free (and yes, legal) versions of software.

Three of my favorites:

PDF To Word: I discovered the program this week while editing work for a client; I’ve already fallen in love.  It does exactly what is claims to do: converts the PDF document (that you may-or-may-not have had an intern retype) into a usable Word document, and e-mails a copy directly to the specified e-mail address.

YouSendIt: Create a free account, and upload your too-large-to-send-without-clogging-up-your-boss’s-email document, presentation or high resolution photos.  A link to a secure FTP site will be sent to your e-mail address, as well as the recipient’s.  I’ve been using this gem for years.

MailChimp: Free e-mail marketing software that allows you to send up to a certain number of messages each month.  It allows you to segment lists, provides templates.. and even has a great monkey logo.  Love it.

Now give the intern something else to do instead.  But let me know your thoughts.

What free software could you not live without?

10 iPhone Apps To Increase Productivity

I receive daily e-mails from the Orlando Business Journal.  Like any publication, some items are more relevant to my daily life than others.

Note two things about me here.  First, I don’t pay for apps for my iPhone.  (I’m not sure how, but in 2 1/2 years, I’ve never purchased an app.)  Second, I love any tool that keeps me more productive.

Keeping that in mind, I loved this article, showcasing the best in free and low cost apps, including great applications for mileage reimbursement, dictation in the car, push-to-talk-esque voicemail features and cloud computing.

Enjoy!  And, please do share below: What are the apps that keep YOU most productive?