5 Software Programs Every Professional Should Know

When it comes to staying organized and maximizing efficiency, there’s a couple programs that I seem to gravitate toward every single day.  Knowing how to operate technology systems is a huge plus for employers, too.

No matter what industry you’re in, I recommend downloading and becoming familiar with these 5 awesome software programs:

  1. Adobe Creative Suite

This bundle is a fantastic choice, because you’re getting the entire collection of Adobe programs, from photo and text editors to font kits and stock photos. These tools have helped me, an inexperienced user, to create tons of eye-popping marketing material and gorgeous photos.

If you’re a college student and you can provide a University email, you can snag all 24 apps for $19.99/month.  Unfortunately, if you’re not a student the program will run you close to 50 bucks a month.

Either way, you’re getting a deal.  Purchasing Adobe Photoshop on its own is $19.99, so its always better to bundle it and go with the Creative Suite option. Even if you don’t think you’ll use many of the apps, I still recommend it. It lets you bring out your creative side and play with video editing apps or animating programs you wouldn’t have tried otherwise.

  1. Intuit Quickbooks 

If you’re running a business or even a side-hustle (like selling T-shirts or mowing people’s lawns), this program will save you some serious cash.

Signing up for their most basic plan at $15/month, you’ll be able to effortlessly track income and expenses, accept payments, run reports, track sales, and maximize tax deductions.

In case you skimmed past these two beautiful words: tax deductions. This is the first year that I’ve stopped being lazy and filed for a tax return. And guess what? A $500 check is coming my way. Just for taking the time to fill out some paperwork.

Monotonous, yes, but definitely worth it.

  1. WordPress

WordPress is a website that I think everyone should know in and out. In fact, you’re reading this off of a WordPress site right now.  A study actually found that WordPress powers 22.5% of all websites online.

This handy site is simple to learn and creates stunning websites custom to you or your business. You can opt to use it free, but your website will appear as websitename.wordpress.com. I personally believe that it’s better to pay the $48/year for your own unique domain name.

Social proof is everything and WordPress will help you take your personal blog or your business home page to the next level.

  1. Google Drive

I use this 100% free program more than anything else.

Google Drive comes with your Gmail account that many of you may already have.  In short, it is a way for you to access your files from any computer, any time.

There are a lot of benefits to typing up a paper via Google Docs in your Drive rather than Microsoft Word.  If your computer goes bad, you don’t need to lose your mind when you realize your 17-page analysis of The Kite Runner is gone forever.

Google Drive holds your precious files safe and lets you share things with others by typing in their email address. It’s so easy to use and that’s why I love it.

  1. Evernote

Last but not least, Evernote. The note-taking/organization tool that I can’t seem to live without. This too allows you to store files in one location, similarly to Google Drive.

For example, it’s a great place to store all of your receipts, which a lot of users say is the number one reason why they have it. Just snap a picture of the receipt and upload it to the corresponding folder, and voila. Throw that old shoe box away!

It has a really great task section as well that keeps you accountable for getting things done and can really help you stay on track.


These programs won’t only help you with staying organized, but having proficiency in them may even help land you your dream job. The more softwares you familiarize yourself with, the more marketable you become!

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