SFSales
If you are looking to spend $0 on a CRM platform, is it crazy to just use Excel?


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tblacks85
I wouldn't say "crazy" but I would probably use a free platform like Zoho's CRM
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HarborSales
YES. Don't use Excel. There are several free CRM tools that you can use that are optimally better than just using Excel (and scalable). Check these out:

SuiteCRM
CapsuleCRM
Insightly
Really Simple Systems
FreeCRM
Bitrix24
Raynet
vTiger
ZohoCRM
Zurmo

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source: http://blog.capterra.com/free-and-open-source-crm/

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Gigasale
I second HarborSales [thumb]
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techwhale

Absolutely agree with HarborSales...there are so many great options out there for free CRMs, I would call it foolish! haha
I used Zoho for a couple years in my last startup which was actually great..the good thing is, when you plan to move to say Salesforce or something, you can just export the data.  I have used Hubspot lately as well and it's pretty fantastic (and opens up a lot of options when want more marketing tools, etc. - obviously those parts aren't free!).

Regards,

Dave

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SFSales
Thanks HarborSales. Forgot to mention but we decided to explore HubSpot!
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rg
Well, not, but it's very limited. It will be difficult to track conversations. 

We use ProsperWorks and it's great. Their ability to connect to your Gmail to see latest activity, and log any calls or events is great. Plus it help us maintain a healthy sales pipeline. 
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Mike Cartwright
Not at all. There would just be a few things that you need to sacrifice though. Other than it would be a bit difficult to track conversations (you can always use other means), actions are a bit limited. Just switch to a proper CRM when your start-up grows to more than 10 employees.
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