A Return to Free Software Friday

So it’s been a good long while, but I’m back. This is a tough industry for continuity. The breakneck speed of innovation in the industry keeps us all with our hands full all of the time. I have some unfinished business here so I better get on with it.

Small businesses and start-ups have been on my mind a lot lately. I have been consulting for many of them during this long hiatus so I wanted to point out a few things that I have seen work very well out there in the real world where people are trying to grow their businesses.

 

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I started using this app about three years ago to keep track of several projects I was working on. It was my first real exposure to Kanban and it just made so much sense to me, that it changed the way I worked almost without conscious effort.

I know that many people really love Trello, but LeanKit’s backlog feature and analytics feature are incredibly useful for the way that I work and I never really was able to get Trello to do what I wanted.

I have seen businesses in almost every industry realize huge benefits from adopting this approach to productivity.  It’s free for 10 boards and up to 25 users.  You really can’t beat it.

 

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I’ve been questing for a replacement for Quickbooks for YEARS! I’ve come close a few times (the now defunct Intuit Billing Manager for example), but there always seems to be something missing.  I came across Wave Accounting recently and it seems to be the real deal. 

It has a full General Ledger system in addition to Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Expense tracking, and pretty decent reporting.  This is a seriously full featured system and it’s free. The ad-supported kind of free, that is.  The ads DO seem to be relevant to small business, though.