9 CRM Tools Priced & Designed To Help You Grow Your Bootstrapped Startup
Greg Roth May 12, 2015

If you’re bootstrapping a startup, you’re doing things on the cheap. You should skimp on overhead, buy used equipment, work from home and be frugal whenever possible. But don’t make the mistake of using a spreadsheet as your CRM just because it’s free. There are plenty of other options available priced and designed for boostrapped startups. Your CRM is a critical growth tool you should implement from the start. Don’t wait.

Here are our top picks that will help you keep costs low and productivity high:

 

pipedrive

1. Pipedrive

What Is It?

Pipedrive is a customer relationship management company whose roots are founded in direct sales. With offices in Estonia, Tallinn, CA and Menlo Park, Pipedrive was founded as a solution to dealing with painful CRM software. In order to manage sales, founders teamed up with skilled developers and created Pipedrive.

How Much Does It Cost?

Pipedrive has no hidden charges or contracts, and charges only $12 per user per month. This is very affordable and also includes a 1 month free trial.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Team of 74 unique specialists
  • Amazingly affordable
  • Clear Pipeline overview
  • Google apps integration
  • Sales reporting
  • Multi-language and multi-currency
  • Mobile apps
  • Smart email BBC
  • Numerous features

 

nimble

2. Nimble

What Is It?

Awarded PC Magazine’s “Editors’ Choice,” nimble is a simple, web-based platform that brings together your communication, calendar, contacts, collaboration and more to build easy-to-navigate functionality for your business. The key focus of nimble is building valuable business relationships, starting with actionable insights that result in authentic engagement.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nimble offers a 14-day free trial, with a business plan that costs $15 per month per user. This makes it highly affordable whether you are a small startup or a large corporation.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Contact Management
  • Social Listening
  • Insights
  • Unified Inbox
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Activity Management
  • Apps Marketplace
  • Brings together insights, organization and management

 

nutshell

3. Nutshell

What Is It?

With the goal of making businesses more productive, Nutshell is a smartly designed CRM that is integrated with services such as MailChimp, Wufoo, Olark, Zendesk and Google Apps. Giving you the tools you need to close more sales, Nutshell streamlines your contacts, maps, sales process and more to help your business run as efficiently as possible.

How Much Does It Cost?

Nutshell offers a 14-day free trail and only costs $15 per person per month, with no contracts or hidden fees, unlimited storage and all the features.

Why It’s Awesome

  • 3rd party integration with
    • Google Apps
    • MS Exchange
    • Twitter
    • And much more
  • Intelligent design
  • Streamline sales process
  • Syncs contacts, calendar and team

 

capsule

4. Capsule

What Is It?

Launched in 2009, Capsule is a modern CRM that helps businesses keep organized, get to know their customers, build valuable relationships and create sales opportunities while minimizing input. With the goal of streamlining business and creating valuable customer relationships, Capsule features a number of tools and integrations.

How Much Does It Cost?

Capsule is highly affordable as they offer a FREE plan, with the option of upgrading to a Professional Plan that costs $12 per month per user.

Why It’s Awesome

  • 50,000 contacts
  • Premium integrations: Wufoo, MailChimp, Freshbooks and more
  • 2GB storage per user
  • Sales pipeline
  • Numerous addons: Mobile app, Google Apps, Xero and more

 

onepagecrm

5. OnePageCRM

What Is It?

With the goal of providing every aspect of business with a superior user experience, OnePageCRM is a sales-focused CRM. This CRM provides all the features to focus on sales management, contact management, lead capture, sales collaboration, integrations, sales forecasting, mobile apps, and a GTD-based (Get Things Done) design.

How Much Does It Cost?

This very affordable service offers a 21-day FREE trial and costs only $12 per month per user on a pay-as-you-go basis with no contract.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Training and support
  • Integrations with LinkedIn, MailChimp and more
  • Activity, sales pipeline and marketing reporting
  • Mobile and tablet apps
  • Customization options

 

prosperworks

6. ProsperWorks

What Is It?

ProsperWorks provides you with automated customer research, providing information regarding your customers and prospects, also compiling statistical research to create leads. It’s integrated completely with Google, letting you use your suite of Google Apps for marketing and business accounting. Visual Pipeline management and reports and analytics is easy to use.

How Much Does It Cost?

ProsperWorks offers a 14 day FREE trial, then is $19 per month, per user. This price provides the most advanced, only available version of it.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Seamlessly toggle from mobile version to desktop.
  • Easy to Use Visual Pipeline management and Reports.
  • Automated Research.
  • Fully integrates the full suite of Google apps.

lessannoyingcrm

7. Less Annoying CRM

What Is It?

Less Annoying CRM is a small team that is dedicated to helping small businesses succeed. With a focus on customers, they focus on providing what users need and cutting out what they don’t. This cloud-hosted CRM offers everything small businesses need to make their sales process easy-to-manage and more successful.

How Much Does It Cost?

Offering a simple 30-day risk FREE trail and costing only $10 per month per user, this CRM is one of the most affordable options on the market.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Contact management
  • Calendar and task creation
  • Leads and pipeline management
  • Multiple-user teams
  • Easy customization options
  • Cloud-hosted

 

clevertim

8. CleverTim

What Is It?

This small software company is based in the UK and has provided a wide array of features and functionality that is designed to help businesses succeed. This CRM offers you everything that you need to manage contacts and company accounts, sales opportunities, individual cases, tasks, meetings, reminders, follow-ups, online files and email integration.

How Much Does It Cost?

While all plans come with a 30-day free trial, this CRM is pretty diverse, offering plans ranging from FREE to $99 per month.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Contact and company account management
  • Sales opportunity management
  • Case management
  • Tasks, meetings, reminders and follow-ups
  • Online file storage and organizer
  • Email integration

 

batchbook

9. Batchbook

What Is It?

This social CRM for small businesses features easy start options, lead insights, address book, mobile options, to-do lists, deals and unlimited users. They have also integrated the best of MailChimp, Twitter, Quickbooks, Facebook, Xero, Disqus, Google Apps and more. They also feature easy-to-use tags for tags, activities, and custom fields.

How Much Does It Cost?

Batchbook is a bit pricey at $46 a month that is billed annually, however, some would consider it a small price for the features offered.

Why It’s Awesome

  • Easy set up options
  • Contact organization
  • To-do lists
  • Deals
  • Mobile options
  • Unlimited users
  • Create tag groups
  • Calendrer activities
  • Create custom fields

 

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Greg Roth Marketing Strategist

Greg is the marketing strategist at UniTel Voice, the virtual phone system designed for running your own business. Find out how UniTel Voice can help you stay connected and sound more professional by visiting unitelvoice.com.