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I have been a small business owner since I left the corporate world about 10 years ago. I don’t remember the exact date, though you’d think it’d be permanently etched in my mind because while at the time it was a scary endeavor, it’s turned out to be the best thing I’ve ever done.
Granted, my choice was made for me by an illness, but I’ve never regretting working for myself. I am the only one who benefits from my long hours, my dedication, and my enthusiasm for my job. It’s nice to know that my employer (me) appreciates the amount of hard work I do.
But it’s not easy being self-employed. There are a lot of hardships and changes. No one is handing me a paycheck every two weeks, there are no paid vacation days, no holidays off, and no sick leave. Plus I’m not provided medical benefits and there are no office mates to both entertain and annoy me.
Still, for now working alone is what suits me and my family, so I’m making the best of it and trying to create something I can be proud of. But I do get a little help from the training and experience that I gained after 20-years in the IT field. It makes being online easier since I know the jargon and where to find help.
GoDaddy Office 365 – A Must for a Small Business
I also know the ins and outs of software like Microsoft Office 365 from GoDaddy and it’s a must for running my business. I use EXCEL to balance my books and prepare my taxes, WORD for drafting blog posts, OUTLOOK for sending/receiving/tracking emails and managing my press trips, appointments, and post schedule.
Open Office from GoDaddy Video
I switched from the stand-alone Microsoft Office about two years ago and I haven’t regretted it. The pricing is fabulous, the access to information and help available at the click of a button, and I only have to download and use the pieces of MS Office I need.
Plus I can use it on multiple machines like my laptop, desktop, and tablet, and it gives me additional free storage on their cloud storage service which makes auto backup from my devices so easy and the pictures available to me from any Internet connected device.
Plus I can collaborate with others, share documents, and track changes. This is especially helpful in creating and managing Ambassadorships, sponsorships, and contracts.
But what if you don’t have the IT experience I have? Will you be able to implement Office 365 in your small business? Well that’s where GoDaddy can help. They are set up specifically for the small business that doesn’t have an IT department or the IT department that can’t take on another project. They offer easy set-up with familiar tools and 24/7 support.
Win a 1-Year Membership to GoDaddy Office 365
By entering you’ll have the chance to win a 1-year Office 365 GoDaddy Business Essentials plan (a $99 value) in addition to a 1-year .COM, .NET or .ORG domain name registration.
Included in the Business Essentials plan is including HD video conferencing, and online web versions of Excel, Word, Outlook and more (see all the details the plan provides here).
Check out this Always Open Small Business infographic and let me know what features of Office 365 from GoDaddy are you most excited to use?
I am gearing up to open my Etsy store and I really want to do it right! This would help me immensely with my store and my blog!
I started my online business and this would be perfect to keep me organized.
My husband owns a small business and this would be great for him:)
I was trying to get my business started and this would really help.
Yes, it would help me by having the most up to date versions of the Office products.
My sister just started her own website business and this would be so beneficial to her.
This would be great for my husband to keep track of things he needs to get done for clients and reaching out to potential clients. The website will also be very helpful for his business!
I am a small business owner and this would help a lot with tracking and organization.
I opened my Etsy shop in May, The Lemon Daisy, selling glass marble magnets. I am giving it a full year to see if it will be worthwhile. This GoDaddy package would be nice since it is about the same time frame. I’m not really sure what kind of business help I need. Right now I’m using Excel.
not yet but i am hoping to start a bow making website for hair bows. this would help me stay organized.
we are still in the planning stage, but this would be nice to check off the massive to-do list
I own my own soap business. This would be great for so many different things but mostly getting my books in order.
I have recently started my own blog and I use godaddy to host my domain name. I would love to learn more about office 365.
No I am not, but will soon be one
Sure am! I own an online fitness business 🙂
I like the latest technology, and I’ve been researching microsoft 365 how fitting is this contest. I’ve been unorganized for too long and would love to by a home someday so getting the business finances in order along with my and my husbands would really set us up for a world of good.
I am in direct Sales and this would be so wonderful in so many ways! The Go Daddy domain name would be awesome along with excel for keeping up with books and inventory!
Office 365 is a must for businesses trying to get into the “information age”! The GoDaddy Business help would be super helpful, too! It’s a small business owner’s dream! Thanks for the chance to win!
We do own a small business, and I think office 365 would help us by being available on the go my husband travels around to do work and it would be helpful to get the info while he was out and about
My sister is a small bsuiness owner and this would allow her to save documents anywhere she needs them!
We sell knitting products online like ebay and etsy. This package would help us sell more
I am entering this contest for my daughter who owns a Wedding Destination business in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
She’s a sharp gal and always busy and needs all the time saving ideas and easy forms would be great.