Running a small business can be a full headaches and expenditure and one more on your list is the cost of computer software.

With that in mind we’ve put together a list of software that we think will be of benefit to you and your business.  Please keep checking back to this list because as we’ll keep adding to it when we find great new software.

If you think there’s any software that we’ve missed and should be on this list, please let us know. We’d be delighted to hear from you.

Usual disclaimer: We have no control over external website content. We accept no liability in the event of damaged caused or data loss due to installation of software. If you are unsure in anyway, do not install any software and seek professional advice.

MailChimp – Create free e-newsletters and mail shots. Keep your clients up to date. No software actually required, it’s all done over the web.

Hotspot Shield – If you use public wifi you need to protect your connection. Many public Wifi has no security and you have no idea who’s ‘listening’.

GIMP – Adobe Photoshop is really for the best of designers very expensive but we think GIMP gives it a good run for its money. Professional designers don’t like GIMP but for mere mortals who only want to do some basic image manipulation, it’s great.

Paint.Net – Another excellent graphics /paint programme

SugarCRM – Customer Relationship Software can be very expensive. SugarCRM offer a free version that lets you track clients and sales enquires.

VeraCrypt – Protect your sensitive date with this excellent encryption tool. Use it to its full potential and it’s virtually unbreakable. Just don’t forget your password.

Malware Bytes – If you do get infected with malware on your PC, very effective at cleaning it.

Foxit Reader – Many consider this a better alternative to Adobe Reader for viewing PDF files

Auslogic Disk Defrag – A disk de-fragmentation tool, we think it’s better than the one that comes with Windows.

Ccleaner – Cleans rubbish off your PC.

Ecwid – Fantastic free shopping cart solution. Sell on Facebook.