Did you know that with Odoo you can run your business using free software? The community edition of Odoo has over 20 applications that are updated annually, as well as over 16,000 modules created by the open source community that are used in conjunction with the apps. Now, while Community that may lack some of the bells and whistles of its Enterprise counterpart, it is still a completely viable option to get your business off the ground and running!
Let's take a look at some of the biggest pieces you'll need to run your company, that are offered in the free version of Odoo Community.
It Begins With Your Website
Managing Customer Contacts and Making Sales
Keeping Your Warehouse Stocked
The HR Apps are a Home Run
Creating Projects and Setting Timesheets
The Project app, offered by Odoo, allows you to line out your work in different stages so that you can track its progress from inception to completion. You can set up tasks in different stages and assign them to specific employees or sales teams. You can schedule activities that remind you to follow up on a task with a call or an email. You can also track the time an employee spends on a task. Timesheets can be enabled on projects so that billable time can be tracked, down to the minute, and keep your business making money. It can also be used as a viable tool to monitor employee productivity. The options are there to play with and Odoo puts the ball in your court.
Keeping Track of Things Keeps You on Track
Now that you've got your business rolling, it helps to stay organized. If you have set an activity on a project task to follow-up with a client by making a phone call on a specific date or time, that information can be immediately filled in on your Calendar application - along with any other meetings you may need to create - right inside the app itself. Or, you can use the Notes application as a way to keep minutes of important meetings or just to keep your thoughts. You can also use the Discuss application as your internal communication tool.
Communicating With Your Customers
There are four applications offered in Odoo Community that make marketing a breeze! Use Email and SMS to send out information to your employees and customers, or use Survey to gather information on anything you like. The Events application lets you organize and sell tickets to the shows or presentations your company may be giving. How could this be any easier?!