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3 Things I Just Can't Live Without as a Small Business Owner + Microsoft Office 365 Giveaway - Ends 6/28/14

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of GoDaddy. All opinions are 100% mine.

Being employed by someone else and being a small business owner each have their own benefits. For example, I miss having paid holidays and vacation while being employed by someone else, but being able to have such flexible hours while being my own boss makes it worth it. However, it can also be stressful being solely responsible for your business and income. Luckily, these days there are a lot of resources out there to help small business owners be as successful as we can be. Here are 3 things I just can't live without as a small business owner.

3 Things I Just Can't Live Without as a Small Business Owner

1. Dependable Email - Email is my primary form of communication for companies and brands that I work with. I also use it to quickly transfer files such as photos from my phone to PC.  Sometimes I even use drafts to make quick notes. Needless to say, I check my email at least once an hour whether I'm at home in my office or watching TV on the couch, or out and about. Because of that, it's imperative that I have dependable email with decent storage.

2. Organization Through Calendars, Spreadsheets & More - Honestly, I can often be quite the procrastinator though it's something I've slowly been defeating through the years. One of the ways I've been doing this is by being super organized. I use calendars to keep track of due dates, spreadsheets for accounting and keeping track of posts and regular documents for future post ideas and checklists for other tasks I need to get done. Without these, I'd likely be running around like a chicken with its head cut off trying to figure out what I need to get done first.

3. The Ability to Access What I Need No Matter Where I Am - One thing I love most about my small business is that I don't have to always be in an office in front of a computer. I love to work on the couch while watching movies with Mr. Savvy, to be able to check my email and stay in touch while out doing errands and to access any files I may need while I'm out of town for a few days.

The best thing is, thanks to Office 365 from GoDaddy (be sure to check out the giveaway below!) I can have all 3 of these things that I just can't live without as a small business owner and more without having to break my small expense budget! Not only do I get dependable email with a great amount of storage and the ability to access my Word and Excel files  and calendar anywhere at anytime, but I can also collaborate on documents with others in real-time while utilizing online meeting solutions.

Office has been my choice for document creation and editing as long as I can remember, so I'm so happy that I can continue to use it with my small business on the go and at home. It's so easy to set up and it's a real business budget saver to not need any advanced IT knowledge or an IT team. But, if you do have an issue, there is 24/7 expert support available.

 Office 365 from Go Daddy Giveaway

Would you like to try a year's worth of Office 365 from Go Daddy? One lucky Smart Savvy Living reader is going to win Mircosoft Office 365 from Go Daddy for 1 year (Business Essentials plan) that also includes a 1-year .COM, .NET or .ORG domain registration!

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 US states + DC who are 18+. Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET 6/28/14. Winner will be randomly chosen from eligible entries and be notified via email with 24 hours to respond.

Enter to Win

Are you a small business owner? Leave a comment letting me know how Office 365 can help you better manage your business on this post to enter to win!

What features of Office 365 from GoDaddy are you most excited to use?

Denise C

Friday 27th of June 2014

I already use Office as it is, but it's trapped on my desktop computer. I like the idea of it being available wherever I might be. Thanks!


Friday 27th of June 2014

My clients and my business would definitely benefit from always having up-to-date software. Not to mention that as a small business it's not always feasible to buy multiple copies of this software for my mobile devices and desktops. As a Virtual Assistant this is super exciting not to be tied to my desktop!

kim burnett

Friday 27th of June 2014

I am a small business owner and am always looking for ways to stay more efficient and organized. This would be a huge help!! Thanks for the opportunity!!


Thursday 26th of June 2014

I am on the road constantly, and this would help enpower me to have one consistent platform to run my business from while on the go. Currently having different emails on my phone from my laptop and not knowing which email is where is crazy.

md Kennedy

Thursday 26th of June 2014

I travel a lot, so being able to work on collaborative Office files, such as quotes and proposals, with my employees while I am on the road would be a great asset to managing my small business!