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Inexpensive CRM replacement, please?

Hello, We are currently using Business Contact Manger as our CRM software. We are having problems when having to re-install (computer crashes, etc) at this point and are looking to either upgrade to Office 2013 (which will allow us to use Business Contact Manager 2013) or to find a new CRM. The preferred option (long-term) would be to get a new CRM, as BCM (Business Contact Manager) does not meet all our needs, and is essentially defunct, but it would need to be less than the price of buying Office 2013 for the 4 users who use it (around $2100). [more inside]
posted by Laura in Canada on Jun 2, 2014 - 4 answers

Need a pep talk for someone new to promotions and sales

Help! I'm crippled with anxiety over promoting our business and selling our services!! Looking for tips and tricks from seasoned sales professionals. [more inside]
posted by SheIsMighty on Jan 11, 2014 - 7 answers

How to Find and Keep a Good Salesperson?

How do I find a salesperson? How do I pay them? What kind of freedom do I give them? How can I make it worth their while so it can be a long term relationship? I believe there are people out there interesting in helping me, but I've never been able to figure out how to find them. One man bands do everything but seem to burn out faster, and I don't want to do that. I need help. [more inside]
posted by CollectiveMind on Jan 10, 2013 - 7 answers

Sales as a bridge to other careers?

Is a job in sales a good way to jump from academia to the corporate world? [more inside]
posted by MouseOfHouseofAnony on Oct 18, 2012 - 6 answers

Can this deny me unemployment insurances? Is the company being sneaky?

May be let go for sales performance, company wrote "general misconduct for not achieving monthly target"...is this a play on words to deny me unemployment insurance? [more inside]
posted by Wazooga on May 26, 2012 - 17 answers

Need online bookkeeping website

I need a free online bookkeeping / accounting website, can anyone suggest one for a small business? [more inside]
posted by ascetic on Apr 30, 2012 - 2 answers

Sales tracking for a small business?

I am looking for an online or software-based solution to track monthly/quarterly/yearly sales numbers across multiple markets. As a small company, we are not opposed to paying for the service, but cannot afford anything too expensive. Any suggestions on programs you have used?
posted by Equiprimordial on Mar 6, 2012 - 8 answers

Selling a product wholesale – How do you do it?

Know anything about selling a product wholesale? To local shops? Looking for some hivemind retail knowledge! [more inside]
posted by amanda on Jan 9, 2012 - 5 answers

Online resources for selling a restaurant in London

Are there any useful online listings services for selling a restaurant in London? [more inside]
posted by zhwj on Dec 30, 2011 - 0 answers

Also, I'm not sure why it's socks in particular

What is the business model of people who sell socks at intersections? [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Oct 10, 2011 - 11 answers

Sales tax collecting?

In business - Is it true that if you pay sales tax on your materials you do not have to charge to your customers? [more inside]
posted by Snackpants on Feb 26, 2011 - 8 answers

Help us navigate the large corporation world!

Looking for the best route to contact large corporations for sales of an R&D solution. If I were a small company with a patented product that could revolutionize how certain industry giants could do business, how would I find the right contact inside the company that would take the time to listen to me? [more inside]
posted by wile e on Feb 14, 2011 - 6 answers

Should I Charge Sales Tax?

I am opening an electronics repair shop in PA, I will be repairing cell phones, video games, and computers. Do I collect sales tax? [more inside]
posted by psiwave on Sep 30, 2010 - 6 answers

Small business proposal writer: Help me design my bonus plan.

Small business proposal writer: Help me design my bonus plan. [more inside]
posted by Wossname on Jun 18, 2010 - 2 answers

Selling on Amazon?

How to be successful as a professional Amazon merchant and how to limit one's risk? [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jun 16, 2010 - 5 answers

Client Retention and Relationship Building

Creative marketing types: Looking for creative ways to "stay in front" of my clients! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 11, 2010 - 5 answers

Your Best Sales Advice

I have owned a small B2B business for the past three years. It is basically a one-man operation though I have a few part-time employees. I am pretty good at everything, except for one thing: sales. I suck at sales. The way I am currently doing my sales is I send sales letters to people I know are interested in our services and then follow up with them via email or the phone. I'm not bad at writing sales letters, but when it comes to closing the deal, I always have a hard time. With the recent economic downturn, our profits have dropped and I need to drastically improve my sales. If you have any experience selling to people, what have you learned? Anything applicable in the slightest would be very helpful!
posted by 1awesomeguy on Feb 8, 2010 - 8 answers

What metrics are sales professionals guided by?

What metrics are sales professionals guided by? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Do online companies need toll free numbers?

Do online companies need 800 numbers if most of their sales are online from their website?
posted by ckohrman on Oct 2, 2009 - 14 answers

How to start my sales team?

Growing my business...what are my options for building a sales force? [more inside]
posted by Elminster24 on Sep 14, 2009 - 3 answers

What are good data sources for laptop and PC sales?

Where can I find detailed sales data on best-selling laptops and PCs? [more inside]
posted by PercussivePaul on Aug 25, 2009 - 1 answer

Suggestions for starting a small event photography business?

Considering freelance event photography as a sideline. The kind where you take the photos, and then sell them later online. Any advice - including talking me out of this - is appreciated. [more inside]
posted by tkolstee on Aug 15, 2009 - 19 answers

Want to trade ads for ads

Help me plan a mutually beneficial, strategic partnership with a sponsor for my podcast. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 12, 2009 - 0 answers

international custom fees for online orders

I have a small online company in the US. Am I responsible for the custom fees other countries charge my buyers? [more inside]
posted by ChloeMills on Jan 6, 2009 - 15 answers

How can I work for myself?

Help me build my sales empire! [more inside]
posted by Hellafiles on Oct 7, 2008 - 2 answers

How do I sell to norse companies?

Norwegian Businessfilter: How would an american with almost no understanding of Bokmål go about getting contracts from Norwegian companies? [more inside]
posted by MaxK on Aug 22, 2008 - 3 answers

Any recommendations for good sales / business development blogs?

Any recommendations for good sales / business development blogs? [more inside]
posted by tundro on Aug 12, 2008 - 2 answers

Biz travel: little time, big splash?

How should we make the most of our business trip? Two partners and I are visiting NY next week for a client meeting. (We're normally in London and US West Coast.) We may have a spare couple of days, and I'd like to make those as productive as possible from a networking perspective. Suggestions? (More inside.) [more inside]
posted by diastematic on Mar 18, 2008 - 4 answers

How to get submission form fields from email to database and more!

How can a new company track leads submitted via its website through the sales and post-sales process, simply, automatically, and online? [more inside]
posted by prophetsearcher on Jan 30, 2008 - 12 answers

wedding ring removed for sales pitch

Is it ethical for a women who is in sales to remove her wedding ring so that prospective clients will be more interested in hearing her pitch? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 6, 2007 - 63 answers

How to efficently set up a sales department?

What is the most efficient organizational structure for a sales department? [more inside]
posted by tundro on Jun 25, 2006 - 2 answers

Filter by month, not year in Excel?

How do I sort a column of birthdates in Excel to by month and NOT year? [more inside]
posted by ggypsy on Feb 4, 2006 - 9 answers

How to I pull off the sales event of the year?

How do I pull off the sales event of the year? I have been put in charge of my company’s fiscal year end sale/open house. The purpose of this event is to generate sales (both immediate and future). We sell specialized machinery to hobbyists and professionals. This will be an opportunity for our local customers to come and see our show room and get great end of the year deals. This will also be marketed to our national customers. They will be able to call in and get the same deal as someone attending our event. We have the opportunity to market to several types: people in our database that have purchased a tool from us in the past, people in our database that have a deposit on a machine, people in our database that have expressed interest in our machinery in the recent and far past. I have several questions that hopefully this knowledgeable group can answer. [more inside]
posted by ieatwords on Feb 3, 2006 - 6 answers

Sales process development books

Have a sales process development book or other resource recommendation? Looking for something practical with sample processes and documents, less on theory.
posted by will on Jan 3, 2006 - 1 answer

Online Fulfillment House

Does any company at all do online fulfillment? I'd love to sell t-shirts, photographs, and eventually my own books, but I don't like shipping stuff and cashing checks, etc. I've looked and looked and can't find anyone that just holds inventory, sends it out when requested, and takes a cut. Heck, I'd be willing to pay a few bucks per item to someone doing this. It must exist, but I can't seem to find anyone doing it.
posted by mathowie on Jul 5, 2004 - 12 answers

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