As an entrepreneur, you will in the long run not be able to purchase a legal, business license for Microsoft Office. The complete Office package is the solution for your business mail, preparing quotes and invoices, but also for keeping your administration and giving presentations to customers or employees. There is only one problem: Microsoft Office is relatively expensive. For those who know where to look, there are also affordable alternatives.
Why Microsoft Office?
As an entrepreneur you may sometimes wonder whether it is really necessary, such a license for Office. You would expect that there are many cheaper, or perhaps even free, alternatives? Virtually every entrepreneur worldwide needs an e-mail program, word processor and spreadsheet software.
That thought is not so strange, and yes, there are indeed alternatives. Free Office and Open Office are two well-known examples. They are free software packages that resemble Microsoft Office and that are accessible to everyone. There are, however, important drawbacks to these types of alternatives. Exchanging files with customers and suppliers can be difficult, because you have to be constantly focused on the extensions that you give your files. The layout differs, you have many (really much) fewer options and the number of programs that are included in the package is a lot lower anyway. Copywriters will notice that changes and comments are not recorded in the same way. In short: you might get away with a free Office alternative for a while, but as an entrepreneur you eventually want to 'just' arrange everything professionally.
Watch out for counterfeit and illegal copies
Those looking for a moment on eBay or Marktplaats can get an Office license for a few euros in no time. You can even rake complete packages for free via download software. No dirt in the air, right? Certainly!
As an entrepreneur you lie under a magnifying glass. In general it is cheap expensive purchase. A complete license for a few euros? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Microsoft issues separate licenses for private and business users, but also for developers. The latter variant - the developer licenses - is often misused and illegally resold. The unsuspecting user does not notice much of this, but during a corporate audit or an unexpected license check you fall irrevocably through the basket; after all, you use illegal software.
Deploying the cheaper, private version of Office for business purposes is also prohibited. As an entrepreneur, you do not want to take the risks involved.
Affordable, legal options
Is there nothing else to do than tap dozens of euros every month at Microsoft? Fortunately! Online you can buy completely legal licenses for much lower rates for, for example, Microsoft Office 2019. Check carefully which party you're dealing with - a shadowy, Russian website is generally less reliable than a well-maintained, Dutch-language site with a Chamber of Commerce number and Dutch assessments on it.
One of those Dutch parties for Microsoft Office 2019 keys is Onlinekeys.nl. By buying in bulk from suppliers and delivering almost at cost, you can purchase complete licenses here for a few tens. You will then receive a digital version - so no discs - that you can download directly from Microsoft. Do you need help? They offer Dutch-language support.
In this way, a little research and smart trading can save you as an entrepreneur tens of euros per month, without having to sacrifice professionalism or ease of use.