Things are usually tight when you have just started or are a small enterprise. You really can’t afford to buy expensive tools. On the other hand, you can’t take the risk of ignoring the importance of these tools altogether. Thankfully there is a middle ground.

Today, you have plenty of free or considerably cheap tools that can get you started with ease. This means that you no longer have to worry about investing too much money on tools that you won’t even be able to use to their full potential.

We have come up with a list of a few such comprehensive tools for you:

Zoho

Zoho is a simple, effective, and easy-to-use CRM tool. It is free for up to 3 users. If you have more users you can choose any of the three packs offered. Each pack comes with different features and prices. With this CRM tool you can easily keep track of your retailers or customers. Keep in mind that this tool is ideal if you have a few customers. In other words, it is perfect for startups. You may not be able to find it feasible if you have hundreds of customers because entering data can be tedious and time-consuming. Zoho is a smart replacement for Google spreadsheets and MS Excel.

Dropbox

This tool is a blessing for all SMEs! It comes with the dual benefit of storing as well as syncing all data. The online hard drive also saves any and all changes made by someone and then syncs it in all accounts immediately. While you can use the first 2 GB of Dropbox space for free, you will have to pay $99 per annum for more space (50 GB). The pricing is highly economical especially when you consider the feasibility and the security this tool provides.

There are other similar tools as well: Mozy, Google Drive, and Box.

PortableApps

This tool consists of a number of popular programs that are very handy for SMEs. The reason why it is a good choice is that you don’t have to install the software to run the programs. You can, instead, simply save it on your flash drive. This means that no matter where you are all your software programs will be with you and you will be able to use them in any laptop.

Skype

Need we say anything about this tool at all? Use it for free for chats and one-on-one calls. Simply pay a small amount and use all its features to the fullest thereafter. This one is a blessing for people who frequently make international calls.

MailChimp

With the MailChimp tool you can send 12,000 emails per month for FREE. We are sure this is more than enough for SMEs.

The Internet has a plethora of tools that are very useful and will not hurt your pocket. You just have to start a comprehensive search according to your needs.

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If you think you have to shell out hundreds and thousands of dollars on reliable tools to run your business, you are mistaken. There are many cheap or even free tools that you can use without breaking the bank.

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