Microsoft Office 365 subscriptions for freelancers

Microsoft 365 is a really great solution for freelancers.

Office 365 applications included in the plans are really everything necessary for the daily work for the independent consultant.

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Microsoft 365 plans are a great package of applications that could help every freelancer in daily work. Multiple options could help you to choose the best subscription to your needs. I would like to highlight key differences in Office 365 plans to help you to choose the package that fits the best your needs.

Some of the links below are "affiliate links". It means if you will order in the next 30 days the licenses or trial subscriptions from Microsoft I will receive a small commission. No extra cost for you.

Challenges connected with choosing Microsoft 365 by the freelancer

Microsoft 365 plans thanks to great flexibility could be a perfect package of the application needed for a freelancer, but ... you need to remember about few things:

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Benefits in using Office 365 as a productivity tool by the freelancerΒ Β 

Office 365 is a quite cheap and flexible solution that you can adapt to your needs. You have multiple options you can choose to fit into your expectations.

What is Office 365 subscription

Microsoft offers a few plans you can choose. Every plan contains different applications. Based on your needs you choose the right option for you.

You can also choose between two types of subscriptions:

For the freelancer, I recommend choosing the monthly commitment model. It gives more flexibility and easier way out.

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Applications and functionalities that could be useful for every freelancer:

You can get just Office Suite apps separately

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You can get just email solution separately

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You can get just SharePoint application separately

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You can try a free version of the Microsoft Teams

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You can try a free version of the Microsoft OneDrive

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There's no free or separated license for Planner

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There's no free or separated license for Stream

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There's no free or separated license for Bookings

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There's no free or separated license for My analytics

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You can get just email solution separately

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Which Microsoft 365 plan choose and how much it costs

I prepared for you a detailed comparison of the available Microsoft 365 plans that are suitable for the freelancer. You can choose the right one based on costs and available features.

In case of additional saving Microsoft 365 Business, annual licenses are cheaper per month but you need to commit for the whole year. In the case of Office 365 E licenses, annual licenses are at the same price as a monthly subscription.

MICROSOFT 365
OFFICE 365
Business BasicBusiness Standard

E1E3E5
Costs
Monthly commitment - price per user$ 6.00$ 15.00$ 8.00$ 20.00$ 35.00
Annual commitment price per user$ 60.00$ 150.00$ 96.00$ 240.00$ 420.00
DetailsDetailsDetailsDetailsDetails
Core features
Exchange - email solution●●●●●
SharePoint - collaboration●●●●●
Teams - chat based collaboration●●●●●
OneDrive - personal files●●●●●
Planner - kanban task management●●●●●
Bookings - apppointment management●●●
Stream - webinars●●●
My analytics - personal perfomance●●●●
Office Siute - client applications●●●
Power BI - Advanced reporting●
Plan detailsPlan infoPlan info Plan info Plan infoPlan info
Trial licenseTrialTrialTrial

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What is important in a monthly plan you can easily switch between Office 365 subscriptions.

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How to cancel Office 365 subscription

You can cancel Microsoft 365 subscription anytime. In the case of the cancelation of the Office 365 monthly payment plan, you will reduce the risk of lost cash. After cancellation of the annual payment subscription, you can ask Microsoft for a refund but there's no clear rule about a possible refund.

To cancel your Microsoft 365 plan open Admin Center (1), go toΒ Billing (2) and Your products (3).Β  On the list of owned licenses, you can Cancel subscription (4).

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After the cancelation of the Office 365 plan your account will be set for Disabled. The functionality of the whole platform will be limited to read-only. After 90-days your data will be deleted without the possibility to restore it.

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Can I get Microsoft 365 for free

In general Microsoft 365 plans are not free, but ... you can start with the 30 days trial subscription and play it before you will decide to put investments in new tools or get totally free license for the testing, development purpose.

Microsoft Office 365 Trial licenses:

Microsoft 365 Business PremiumΒ 30 days Trial Subscription

Microsoft 365 Business StandardΒ 30 days Trial Subscription

Office 365 E3 30 days Trial Subscription

Office 365 E5 30 days Trial Subscription

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Free Microsoft 365 Developer license

If you would need Microsoft 365 plan for the testing, development or deliver Proof of Concept for your client you can use totally free Office 365 Developer program

Register for free in Microsoft 365 Developer program

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Conclusion

Microsoft 365 plans can deliver great applications for the freelancer. Choose the right Office 365 subscription for you, control costs, and improve your productivity. Centralize your daily applications with Microsoft Cloud solution. Cancel the Microsoft 365 subscription anytime.

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