One of the first items I considered before going live with my own business was Microsoft Office. I’ve obviously used it in the past and know how helpful it is. My previous employer set up direct routing for microsoft teams to improve communications, Outlook was a very useful resource and we obviously used Word and Excel an awful lot. If you’ve worked in any kind of office or administrative environment, there is no doubt you will be familiar with what Office can do for a company. Yet, I knew that once I left my current employer, this kind of application would be one of those that I would need to consider and purchase all on my own accord.
Whereas the multinational company I was an employee of had to purchase numerous licences for multi users, I knew there was no way I could afford to do such a thing when starting in my own business. Yet, I needn’t had worried for I soon found out that Microsoft Office has three types of plans for the smaller of businesses, and all three are adequately priced.
Office 365 Packages for the Smaller Business
Office 365 Business Premium: The top package of the three, Business Premium has almost everything you can think of to run the administrative side of your business. With all main office applications included, from Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, One Note and Access, the premium package also allows access to an extensive range of services including One Drive, Skype For Business, Yammer, Exchange and SharePoint. With a maximum of 300 users allowed, this one package licence covers 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 PCs per user! This is a great resource for a small business team.
Office 365 Business: The one-step down version from premium is Business, with all the main office applications included but with only one additional service of the One Drive as standard. However, the business package is still as impressive with the same amount of 300 users permitted as well as one licence required to once again cover 5 phones, 5 tablets, and 5 PCs per user!
Office 365 Business Essentials: The Essentials package is technically the bare bones of the three types, and does not support any office applications. However, what it does allow is a business class email and other business services alongside the ability to access desktop applications of Word, Excel and PowerPoint!
All three packages offer 24/7 phone and web support. They also all require an annual commitment. But, with prices laid out per month, I’m sure you’ll agree that for the smaller of us business types, this is the most affordable way to purchase one of the most popular business applications for the PC.