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HubSpot CRM
By Simone Johnson | July 22, 2021

The free version of HubSpot may offer very small businesses enough functionality to improve processes and organization at zero cost. It also offers a wealth of raining resources.

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Rapid Finance
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Rapid Finance is the best non-bank lender for merchant cash advances because it offers quick funding and approvals, plus great customer service.

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SBG Funding
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

SBG Funding is the best alternative lender for startup loans because loan requirements align with what new businesses can qualify for.

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Truist Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Truist is our best pick for SBA loans because it has years of experience extending SBA loans to small businesses. It is an SBA Preferred Lender and knows the ins and outs of applying and getting...

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Accion
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Accion is a small business microloan lender. The company provides two types of loans: one for established businesses and one for startups. Loan types, amounts and requirements vary by state. Each...

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Balboa Capital Review
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Balboa Capital is an alternative lender that provides loans for small and midsize businesses. Small business owners can choose from several different types of loans, including standard small business...

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Noble Funding
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Noble Funding caters to small businesses through invoice factoring and A/R credit lines and works to improve companies' cash flow by providing advances specifically for small businesses with large...

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Fundbox
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Fundbox offers business owners a way to fix their cash flow by advancing payments for their outstanding invoices. There are no approval processes, forms to fill out, phone calls to make or...

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Crest Capital
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Crest Capital has a simple application process, fast approvals, a variety of equipment financing terms and excellent customer service.

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Biz2Credit
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Biz2Credit is an online marketplace for small business funding. The company connects small businesses in need of funding with lenders. It can help small businesses obtain a variety of loans.

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Fora Financial
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 28, 2021

Financial offers small business loans and merchant cash advances with terms of up to 15 months. The alternative lender makes it quick and easy to apply for loans. It offers an online application and...

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monday.com
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

monday.com's ready-made CRM, sales, and project templates make it easy to capture leads, track pipelines, and manage customer data so teams can collaborate and sell more effectively.

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Keap CRM
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

Keap is a strong contact management software with robust marketing, sales and e-commerce tools built-in. The functionality and interface are top of the line, but it's not a lightweight solution, and...

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Freshworks CRM
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

Freshworks CRM replaces time-consuming, repetitive tasks, allowing you to focus on attracting quality leads, engaging across multiple channels, nurturing customer relationships and closing deals...

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Oracle NetSuite CRM
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

NetSuite CRM gives each employee at your company the tools they need to provide the ultimate customer experience through insights across every interaction or "touchpoint" during the buying journey.

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Zoho CRM
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

Zoho CRM is easy to implement, intuitive to use and inexpensive to adopt. It offers a lot of functionality at a competitive price point, and it's easy to tailor to your needs.

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Salesforce
By Jeff Hale | May 28, 2021

Salesforce offers small businesses the power and functionality of an enterprise-level CRM in a package that can be gradually scaled and upgraded over time.

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SugarCRM
By Lisa McGreevy | May 28, 2021

SugarCRM allows startups to craft a fully customized CRM solution, without starting from scratch. It has a highly active online dev community, plus tons of other developer resources.

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Business Plan Template for Entrepreneurs
By Sean Peek | May 05, 2021

To make your business idea a reality, you need a business plan. These simple business plan templates will get you started.

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Should You Designate Your Business as a Sole Proprietorship?
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

Is a sole proprietorship right for you? Learn more about this business structure.

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5 Ways to Ready Yourself to Launch Your Dream Business in 2021
By Andrew Martins | December 21, 2020

Starting your dream business in 2021 could get kickstarted by doing these five simple actions today.

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How to Choose a Company Name
By Jennifer Post | December 16, 2020

The name of your company defines your brand. Here's how to make a choice that works for your business.

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21 Great Small Business Ideas to Start in 2021
By Max Freedman | December 08, 2020

Looking for a great business idea? These ideas will help you start and grow a successful business in 2021.

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Market Research Guide for Business Owners
By Adam Uzialko | November 20, 2020

Market research is an important part of a business plan and should serve to guide your business as it grows.

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5 Steps for Writing an Executive Summary
By Skye Schooley | September 15, 2020

Learn what to include in your executive summary and how to go about writing one.

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How to Conduct a Market Analysis for Your Business
By Kiely Kuligowski | August 03, 2020

A market analysis can help you identify how to better position your business to be competitive and serve your customers.

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The Pros and Cons of Business Partnerships
By Skye Schooley | July 16, 2020

Is a business partnership right for you?

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Less Annoying CRM
By Simone Johnson | July 15, 2020

With just one subscription tier of $15 per user per month, Less Annoying CRM takes the complexity and expense out of adopting a customer relationship management solution.

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How to Do a Competitive Analysis
By Skye Schooley | June 30, 2020

Learn the best way to conduct a competitor analysis, and how it can help you improve your products or services.