Organizations are always looking for ways to improve business efficiency and increase profitability. Thankfully, there is an abundance of apps and online tools available that can help your business improve its operations, minimize costs, and improve productivity. While many of them come with small monthly fees, there are some that won’t cost you a cent.
We’ve rounded up some of the best free business apps of 2019 that can save you time, help your employees stay organized, and improve their productivity, without breaking the bank. And the best part is, you can connect these apps to your ERP with IoT Pulse, helping to automate your processes and streamline your business.
Zoho CRM is a customer relationship management software designed to automate daily business activities, track sales, and improve customer relationships. With features such as sales force and marketing automation, workflow management, reporting and analytics, and mobile application, Zoho CRM can help you close more sales and retain customers.
You can enhance Zoho CRM’s capabilities by integrating it with your ERP system, Google Apps, MailChimp, and many more apps. In addition to IoT Pulse, You can also integrate Zoho CRM with your ERP with Commercient SYNC, the #1 data integration platform for sales. It’s an out-of-the box, cloud-based application designed to seamlessly integrate both your ERP and CRM systems, giving you one access point for all your data.
Zoho CRM offers a free edition for up to three users.
MailChimp is one of the most popular email marketing tools used by businesses today. MailChimp lets you send newsletters, drip email campaigns, use email personalization to fill in names and send emails in the correct time zone, and much more.
The service also comes with pre-designed email templates or you can use the drag-and-drop email designer to create customized emails that stand out. Whatever your needs, this tool will help your business achieve its marketing goals.
MailChimp’s free plan allows you to send up to 12,000 emails per month to a maximum of 2,000 subscribers. Some restrictions do apply, so take a look here.
SurveyMonkey is an extremely popular survey platform that you can use to create, send and analyze surveys. This tool comes with free templates, which can be used to create surveys to evaluate customer satisfaction and get feedback on your products and services. SurveyMonkey also has a mobile app that allows you to monitor the results of your surveys from a mobile device.
SurveyMonkey’s free basic plan allows you to create and send unlimited surveys with up to 10 questions for which you can view up to 100 responses per survey.
Trello is a user-friendly app with a visual approach to project management. Instead of a standard list of tasks, Trello is built around kanban boards with cards that hold your ideas and lists to organize them. It’s especially handy for brainstorming. Jot down every idea on a Trello card, then drag them into lists to group similar ideas. Easily organize using tags, labels and categories, upload files and attachments, set deadline reminders, receive email notifications and assign tasks.
Their free plan is perfect for small businesses.
HelloSign lets you sign documents with legally binding e-signatures in just a few clicks. Request signatures, autofill contact information, receive status notifications and add your company name and logo. HelloSign alerts you when a document is being reviewed or signed. HelloSign is compatible with 17 file formats including PDF, Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, and more.
HelloSign’s free plan integrates with Google Drive and can be used to sign up to three documents per month. IoT Pulse also connects it to your accounting system (ERP).
Todoist is an easy-to-use app you can use to organize and keep track of tasks, either individually or as a team. Todoist allows you to add reminders and due dates to your to-do-lists. It connects across multiple devices and also gives you a report at the end of each week, listing all your accomplishments. To-do-lists can be viewed in multiple ways such as overdue, due today, due in seven days, etc.
Todoist’s free plan supports up to 80 active projects, and up to 5 people per project.
Slack is a messaging app that makes work communication much easier than email. It has a desktop and mobile application that can be used to communicate in real-time. You can use Slack to create group messages for specific teams, share files, comments, images and videos.
Slack’s free plan has no limits on the number of users, which makes it a great work communication tool for a business of any size.
Free Apps Can Benefit Your Business
These apps can provide your business with many benefits and best of all – they’re free! Why not give them a try and you will see why so many businesses rely on them.
If you’d like to learn how Commercient IoT Pulse and SYNC can help integrate your company’s ERP, CRM, and apps, and help streamline your business, please contact us today. You can also click on this video to watch how SYNC integration works.
About the Author
Anna Kinnear is a Sage Financials Consultant at Edgeware, and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting Science from the University of South Africa. She has always had a passion for reading and writing.