6 SaaS Tools That Make Starting Up More Affordable

May 13, 2016

12:30 pm

As a small business owner, keeping costs low is one of your main focuses. And unfortunately, staying awake all night worrying about your startup doesn’t keep resources from flying out the window. When your company starts to grow beyond your capacity to manage it properly, you may have new costs come into play. So be sure to take advantage of some SaaS solutions that can save you a ton of cash on everyday business processes.

Things like payment solutions, phone lines and advertising can get pricey fast. Thankfully, you can find a list of some options that are sure to help you keep expenditures to a minimum.

Freshbooks

A simple and intuitive tool, Freshbooks takes the fear out of accounting, particularly for SMB owners who aren’t strong with finances. The platform allows businesses to invoice clients, track time and log expenses in an organized way, ensuring you don’t lose track of outstanding invoices or expenses.

Square

A commerce solution that offers a variety of products for various SMB needs, Square empowers entrepreneurs and founders with tools that allow them to get paid anywhere. Small bakeries, for example, can run their entire business from an iPad. Even personal trainers can swipe client credit cards on their phone while they’re on the go.

Zopim Chat

An online chat that lets you help customers in real time, Zopim is an SaaS tool that allows you to automate online conversations so that you can engage in discussions before customers even ask a question. It also provides agent statistics so you can see when your agents log in, how many people they assisted and their satisfaction rating.

Mailchimp

Mailchimp makes it easy to send marketing emails, automated messages and targeted campaigns from a company email. With the over-flowing research that shows email marketing is how to reach customers, this is a necessary SaaS tool to keep your business running right. If you aren’t a strong marketer, don’t panic! Mailchimp is very user friendly and has a strong customer support team.

Hipchat

Communicating with your team is easy with HipChat. The platform gives you the ability to chat, make voice calls and share screens. And, on top of all that, it is incredibly secure. The app lets you chat from anywhere so you can easily stay connected with your team when you’re out of the office or doing anything else that founders are expected to handle on a regular basis.

Ring Central

RingCentral is a complete cloud communication platform. Instead of using phones, just plug IP desk phones and computers into your internet and download the RingCentral app to your employee smartphones. The result is secure communication from anywhere. Plus, your team gets email notifications when they miss a call and can listen to their voicemails online.

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CEO and co-founder of needls.com, the Internet's first RoboAgency. Justin is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years experience in startups and exits.

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