I test a lot of software in the course of my work for clients as a freelance consultant. I work with several non-profits and small/medium sized businesses. Controlling costs is always a concern for small business and I always try to suggest free solutions whenever its appropriate. There are several very good open source and freeware Windows applications available now. If you end up using any of these free solutions with your clients, please suggest they donate to the developer. Supporting the tools you use will help them continue to grow and support your business in return. In this article I will suggest a few of the applications I use or suggest to customers on a regular basis. The software listed in this article is geared toward the "average office worker".