7 Free Tools Every Start-Up Considering Using It
As a start-up, the first thing first, you would like to know about the free tools which can help you build your product, which can possibly let your start-up stand on its foot, which can even let you take and make a huge place in the industry. In this article, I have been focusing on explaining (in brief), the seven available free tools which every start-up consider on using it.
Note: Although this list does comprises of only ten tools but as we all know, the world is full of resources and if you think something important I will surely consider on adding in this list, then I request you to share its name through the comment box below.
#1 Zoho CRM
Although words “sweet” and “sexy” does not makes a perfect fit at first place in world of strict business but this first tool Zoho CRM considered to be saying as one. It is an online customer relationship management software which can be used for managing your sales, marketing customer support and inventory, all in single place.
Zoho CRM gives you a 360-degree view of your complete sales cycle and pipeline. It comes free for first three users and will helps you in identifying trends, spot opportunities, increase efficiency and reduce costs with the right answers, right now.
The second tool in the list, Dropbox wins hundreds of thousands of hearts across the world and why not, it is a complete solution which one considers on for backing up things. Dropbox is a virtual hard drive which not only stores your files but also syncs them as well. You can use it in any way you want it to. The basic plan comes free of cost, allowing you to store 2 gigs while if your requirement is more, you can probably consider on opting for either a Pro plan ($9.99 per month, offers 100+ gigs) or Business plan ($15 per month, offers unlimited space for 5+ users).
Mozy is another backup tool which protects your business from data loss. The offering is mainly a solution for online, data and computer backup software. All you have to do in order to start is sync your most important files securely to the cloud and you are done.
If you are in need of virtual employees, then oDesk is a place for you. The offering allows you to find remote employees and that too at good price. The offering lets you hire as many as employees you want to hire it out, then whether it would be an entire team of just a single specialist.
#5 Google Docs
While in recent times, the use of Google Docs got less, thanks to our number 2 entries (above) Dropbox, but still people love to use it. An offering from Google, as the name suggest itself, it allows you to create and share your world online and even let you access your documents from anywhere around the world. You can manage documents, spreadsheets, presentations, surveys and more all in one place, making people loving it out.
MailChimp is an online email marketing solution which lets you manage contacts, send emails and track results. The company claim on its offering homepage that more than 5 million people use the service till now to design and send email marketing campaigns, which is certainly a very good number. It comes for free if you got 2,000 subscribers (up to) at your end while if you believe or think that your requirement is more than this, then you can consider on using the Growing business plan as well as High volume sender plan, which gives you a space to send emails to up to 50,000 subscribers.
#7 Fulfillment by Amazon
When it comes to fulfilment, there is no one better than Amazon. Thanks to Amazon fulfilment networks across the world, it will let you store your products in Amazon’s fulfilment centers and then Amazon itself pick, pack, ship and provide customer service for these products. The reason on why to use Amazon’s Fulfilment offering because with this you need not to pay for the whole of the storage i.e. you have to pay only for what you are using. Say, you own the inventory but not want to buy or lease a place for its storage and pay huge bills for it. Instead you plan onto opting for a solution like this. You have to pay by the square foot of warehouse space which you use plus a monthly fee, that’s it and you are done with all other hectic involved in the process. A nominal fee and you will be able to save a lot.