Over At My First Mac they have tackled the age old question. Can I Really Run My Small Office On Macs? They tell about how they use the Mac in their business. I can attest that every thing they talk about works and works well. The only thing we do differently is we use an application from Clickablebliss, Billable.app, for our management.
“In researching for this article I couldn’t decide on how to organize the content at first. Should I write base on the type of person using Macs (student, IT professional, road warrior, etc.)? Or should I present the reader with a product-centric focus? Finally I realized that the best way is to write from my experience and tell you what my company has done.
My Small Office. I run a small business with two other partners. Our business plan hatched a couple of years after Apple launched the white iBook (aka iceBook). By that time a partner and I have become complete Mac converts after owning iBooks and using Mac OS X and were convinced that Apple once again is onto something insanely great. We decided to start a business to help all the local Mac users, newbies and old-timers alike.
Our first company computers were an used PowerMac G4 and three iBooks. Now we operate on a PowerMac dual-G4, MacBooks, several external FireWire/USB drives, and various lab/test systems (an old iBook G3, PowerBook G4, and a Mac mini G4).
Small Office Software. In the beginning we stuck with AppleWorks as our “Office” suite. That worked well when our customers are Mac users. However, many times our customers are in a mixed Windows and Mac environment, and document exchange between AppleWorks and Microsoft Office sometimes became an issue. Later on we purchased Office for Mac in order to exchange files with our customers more efficiently and seamlessly. However, we also run NeoOffice, an open source Office-compatible suite, or Google Docs, and may very well hold off on spending money on Office upgrades in the future.”