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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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Square
By Donna Fuscaldo | May 24, 2021

Square is the best credit card processor for small businesses because it is easy to use, packed with features, and usable as an iPad or Android POS system.

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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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Business Bank Account Checklist: Documents You'll Need
By Kiely Kuligowski | April 19, 2021

Find out which documents and licenses you'll need to bring with you when you apply for a business bank account.

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GoToConnect
By Jeff Hale | April 14, 2021

GoToConnect combines the power and reliability of Jive's cloud VoIP phone systems with GoToMeeting's web, audio, and video conferencing into one simple, reliable, and flexible solution.

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Nextiva
By Jeff Hale | April 13, 2021

Nextiva is one of the best phone systems for businesses with multiple locations. It's a cloud-based VoIP system that can spread across several offices and stores yet still be managed from one central...

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Dialpad
By Jeff Hale | April 13, 2021

Dialpad offers voice calling, video conferencing and text messaging. This flexibility helps small businesses connect with clients in ways that work best for both customers and businesses. This VoIP...

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8x8
By Chad Brooks | April 13, 2021

8x8 is our favorite phone system for small businesses because of its features, reliability and customer service.

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Ooma
By Chad Brooks | April 13, 2021

Ooma Office is our favorite business phone system for very small businesses because of its easy installation and low cost.

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RingCentral
By Chad Brooks | April 13, 2021

RingCentral is our favorite phone service for businesses because of its wide array of features, reliability and multiple service plans.

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Grasshopper
By Chad Brooks | April 08, 2021

Grasshopper is our favorite virtual business phone service for a mobile workforce because of its ease of use and flexibility.

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Hubstaff
By Skye Schooley | April 08, 2021

Hubstaff is an employee monitoring software solution focused on time-tracking and productivity monitoring. Its tools help keep employees on task and allow managers to better prioritize the most...

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Flagship Merchant Services
By Donna Fuscaldo | April 08, 2021

Flagship Merchant Services is our pick for the credit card processor with the best flexible terms, because it offers customers month-to-month service with no early termination fee.

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Startup Costs: How Much Cash Will You Need?
By Sammi Caramela | April 05, 2021

When starting a business, you must answer an important question: How much money do you need? Here's what you need to know about funding your startup.

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Paychex
By Laura Handrick | March 31, 2021

Paychex is an especially good payroll service for large businesses. It serves businesses with up to 1,000 employees, handles all payroll and payroll tax responsibilities, is available in multiple...

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Intuit QuickBooks Payroll
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

QuickBooks Payroll is our favorite payroll service for small businesses. Its three pricing plans allow your service package to grow along with your business.

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ADP
By Laura Handrick | March 31, 2021

ADP offers payroll services for businesses of all sizes. While the size of your business will determine the platform you use, each offers the same core payroll services, including the ability to run...

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OnPay
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

We recommend OnPay as the best payroll service for very small businesses. The service handles all payroll tax responsibilities, plus it offers employers unlimited pay runs and multiple ways to pay...

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Gusto Payroll Software
By Chad Brooks | March 31, 2021

Gusto's month-to-month pricing plans and comprehensive features earn it our best pick for sole proprietors and S-corps that use contractors or freelancers.

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How to Develop a Credit Policy
By Max Freedman | March 24, 2021

A credit policy can help protect you against clients who don't pay what they owe and boost your cash flow.

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Xero
By Donna Fuscaldo | March 23, 2021

As your business grows, it's important to have accounting software that supports and adapts to those changes. Xero's prices and plans accommodate a company's progression, which is important for small...

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Wave Financial
By Simone R. Johnson | March 23, 2021

Wave is free, cloud-based accounting software that is viable for freelancers and businesses with fewer than 10 employees.

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What Is Crowdfunding?
By Simone Johnson | March 22, 2021

Need funds for your business? Here's what you should know about crowdfunding.

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What Is B2C?
By Business News Daily Editor | March 19, 2021

B2C, or business to consumer, is the type of commerce transaction in which businesses sell products or services to consumers.

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The Fundamentals of Contract Management
By Bennett Conlin | March 18, 2021

Learn the basics of contract management.

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Property Leases: What SMBs Need to Know
By Jennifer Post | March 17, 2021

Commercial leases are complicated. These tips will help you sort through the legal jargon.