It no longer costs a bundle to set up a home office. That's particularly good news in a hard economy, where newly unemployed find themselves having to look for a job or take on freelance assignments at home. Free software and Web services are just a few of the ways that tech can save us money these days.
I spoke this weekend with WTOP about a couple of places to find free replacements for Microsoft Office. My favorites include Lotus Symphony from no less than IBM, and one assembled by volunteers called OpenOffice.
Other free options include Google Docs and Zoho, which offer online software that does just about everything a job seeker would need. Also online are free fax services, including Faxzero and K7.