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How to run your small business with free open source software

Paul Rubens | Nov. 15, 2013
From simple bookkeeping packages to full-blown ERP systems, open source software can provide free options for small businesses that don't have the budget for big-ticket enterprise applications.

Open Source Ecommerce Tools
Ecommerce software packages, such as the three cross-platform products listed here, include everything from product presentation to shopping carts, checkout and payment processing.

  • OpenCart is a turnkey shopping cart for small and medium-sized retailers. It includes order management and multiple payment gateways, provides the capability for customers to leave product reviews and ratings, and offers lifetime free community support. (Commercial support is available through an international partner network.)
  • PrestaShop is a popular and easy-to-use platform that offers product displays, translations, marketing, localization and taxes, and product export to eBay. Support is available as a paid service. Training is offered in France.
  • An older ecommerce platform that branched from osCommerce, Zen Cart is aimed at developers and advances users. Features include discount coupons, gift vouchers and multiple payment options.

 

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