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Free and low-cost all-in-one business management applications for your business

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As its name indicates, all-in-one business management software includes a set of applications to help you run your entire business in a more efficient way. This kind of software often integrates major business functions, such as accounting and invoicing, CRM, project management, collaboration, time tracking, and even in some cases email marketing, social media management, and website creation tools.

How do all-in-one business management applications help?

The primary advantage is that you can access, manage and use all of your business applications in one place, which translates into:

  • Time and cost savings
  • Simplified billing
  • Reduced IT complexity
  • No duplicate data entry
  • Lower risk of errors
  • Resolved data integration issues
  • Automated workflows
  • Better communication
  • Improved productivity
  • Simplified training
  • Better company-wide visibility
  • Real-time reporting

What do all-in-one business management applications do?

When you work with stand-alone applications from different vendors, your business can quickly become entangled in siloed business applications and inefficient processes, not to mention higher costs for redundant software.

However, because everything is integrated with the all-in-one business management software, you get to spend more time on managing your growth.

All-in-one business management applications tend to be cheaper than stand-alone applications, but it really depends on what you need and the pricing model of the application vendor. Some require that you buy licenses for all your employees, while others let you choose the applications you need à la carte. Make sure to re-evaluate your needs as your business expands.

Free, low-cost, all-in-one business management applications

If you’re looking for low-cost or free tools, you may want to consider the following:

Revised September 2023

This table lists applications alphabetically and isn’t exhaustive. Hyperlinks to external sites do not constitute endorsement by BDC of those websites or any information, opinions, products or services expressed or described on them.

Furthermore, the list is only a starting point and excludes applications that are neither low cost nor free. When assessing all-in-one business management applications for your organization, you will probably consider many other factors.

BDC will review and edit this list regularly. If you are an all-in-one business management applications vendor and would like us to consider adding your solution, please contact us.

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