Basic business suite

Get a handful of business tools with this no-frills software program.

An important part of selecting the right software for your business is matching the features of the software to the size and needs of your business. BusinessManager is a basic program for small, uncomplicated businesses that want help with contact management and invoicing. If you're a freelancer or running another kind of small enterprise it could be helpful, although there are definitely more comprehensive alternatives.

The program's interface is plain and easy to navigate, with buttons and menus across the top. There are separate contact managers for customers and vendors, and a basic inventory manager lets you keep track of what you have in stock. We liked it that users can add images and captions to the items in the inventory and then automatically create a slide show of their merchandise. An invoice generator makes it easy to create custom invoices, and a list of issued invoices lets you quickly see which invoices are due, past due, and paid. The report generator was a bit more challenging; this function opens a separate RDL designer, and if you haven't used RDL before, you're not likely to have any idea what to do. Aside from that, the program isn't too difficult to use, but we do wish that it came with a Help file. Overall, BusinessManager wasn't awful, but it didn't particularly impress us. Many users will likely want a program with more integrated accounting features, and the difficulty of using the report generator is a serious drawback.

BusinessManager installs a desktop icon without asking but uninstalls cleanly.

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