Open source software can be a huge help to small business

While sometimes you really can find a free lunch, it is a little harder to believe that open source software can be utilized to run a business completely for free via cloud hosting.

However, those who have used free or open source software can attest to the fact that it is quite possible to open and run a small business by making full use of cloud computing technology.  The hardest part of doing so is actually not the maintenance, but the transfer of that concept into business terminology because the fact that free is not always good has been drilled into most business minds for years.

While it can be hard to fathom that a free product really will work as well as a paid counterpart, the truth is that as the cloud computing technology and research continues to progress free can be a very viable option.  This is particularly true in the case of a small business where a budget may be limited.

With this thought in mind, it may be time to toss out the ‘you get what you pay for’ mindset and replace it with a mindset that is focused on what future technology has to offer.  After all, Google has created a cloud that is practically free and maintenance free, and Google is not a company known for being unreliable or shady.  Therefore, maybe the possibility of free is something that all business owners should take the time to reconsider.