Software is an Office Supply
Types of Software
Today, most offices will need computers, in turn;
the computers will need software to function as they
are needed. From this statement one could accurately
assume that computer software is an important office
supply product. The most common software that an office
would use is in the area of accounting, business forms,
and office functionality, because an office will need
to handle money, make forms concerning the business,
and simply create documents and media. Each category
has various forms of software, but, each category
also has software that is more popular than others.
The Most Popular Computer Software
One of the most well known and bought office product
offered is through Microsoft. This is an internationally
known product. Microsoft has one of the most qualified
and functional office software to be found and is
called Microsoft Office or Microsoft Office Suites.
This office software can come in a few different variations,
depending on the need of the office and are as follows:
Microsoft Office Home and Student
Microsoft Office Standard
Microsoft Office Professional
While there are other versions of office software
that can be bought, Microsoft is the one used the
most. One can find word processing, excel, power point,
and much more on this software. This software can
range in price from around $50 to well over $300.
One of the most popular accounting software series
available is called QuickBooks. This series can provide
a small business or office the tools to manage their
finances, do payroll, create invoices, and much more.
This software series can range from $100 to $300.
Now, business forms can be bought or software can
be found to make them at an office. Software, like
SmartDraw will assist an office in creating any forms
they may need, create flyers, maps, diagrams, and
more. The most popular business forms are as follows:
Debt Collection Forms
Human Resource Forms
How to Choose and/or Buy Software
The fist step in choosing these office products are
to assess what the office needs are. A home based
office may not need Microsoft Office Professional
addition, just as a large business office may not
need Microsoft Office Home edition. By assessing the
needs of the office an individual will be able to
see what software would work best for them.
The second thing to do is get online and compare
reviews. Each site that sells these products will
have reviews on them. This will allow an office to
see how well the product worked for others.
The third thing is comparison shopping. While sites
like Amazon.com has the prices and reviews of different
products, an office may choose to go to a store (Office
Depot) and shop there. It is still possible to compare
the products offered in a store.
Lastly, it would be wise to see what services come
with the software. Is there a warranty if the disk
does not work? Is there a support center to help if
an office has trouble learning the system?