Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can

Deciding which customer relationship management (CRM) system is right for your business takes time and can be complicated, especially if it’s the first time your business is choosing software to manage customers. You may not be sure how much you need to spend or how to choose the one that fits your business’s needs best. We’re here to save you time by going over some of the most popular free and open source CRM solutions and when you should consider paid systems (find out how we chose the featured products here). Free CRM software companies earn revenue primarily by enticing businesses to purchase premium expansions which unlock better features or support structures. As such, the following free systems, while coming without any restrictions, should be considered “freemium” systems, in that they come with a limited set of features and offer more with more expensive plans. Freshsales is a cloud-based CRM solution that helps businesses across a variety of segments and verticals manage contacts, leads, and develop customer success strategies. The software was the third most popular free CRM according to our methodology and functions with macOS, Windows 10, and any web browser (OS ag...

ISS Store: Kliebenstein Guides to Making Money in Self-Storage

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Though there are many nuances to running a self-storage operation, the key to profitability is to maximize revenue, decrease expenses and create property value. This is the central focus of How to Make Money in Self-Storage and How to Make MORE Money in Self-Storage, authored by RK Kliebenstein and Jennifer LeClaire. 2205 Stainless Steel Angle The first book in the series offers concrete, actionable strategies and programs facility operators can use to boost their bottom line. It includes sections on how to generate more income and manage expenses. The sequel offers additional guidance on revenue management and adds insight to equity generation. Kliebenstein, vice president of acquisitions for Metro Storage LLC, is an industry pioneer with more than 30 years of experience financing, developing, acquiring and managing self-storage properties. LeClaire is president and creative director of marketing firm Self Storage Promotions. The books are available ...

2019 Top-Operators Lists of Self-Storage Industry’s Largest Players

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726. Just released, the Inside Self-Storage 2019 Top-Operators Lists rank the industry’s top 100 facility owners and top 50 third-party management companies by net rentable square feet. They include facility and brand owners, independents and property-management firms. Designed for anyone looking to buy, sell or investigate existing and potential competition, the lists include contact information, expansion plans, number of locations and units, and other key data. The 2019 package includes both complete lists in Excel format as well as a 19-page PDF companion comprising a three-page analytical report of the list results and a full representation of the rankings in easy-to-read format. For the fifth consecutive year, the lists feature data on owned vs. managed self-storage facilities for companies that do both, with breakouts for number of facilities, units and square footage for each. The report portion of the PDF analyzes growth, decline and general mov...

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This story was written in collaboration with Forbes Finds. Forbes Finds covers products we think you’ll love. Featured products are independently selected and linked to for your convenience. If you buy something using a link on this page, Forbes may receive a small share of that sale. Graduation is the perfect time to splurge on a promising young person in your life. While the completion of a degree is no doubt a celebratory affair, for many new graduates, the event can also be a stressful moment full of unknowns and uncertainties as they begin a new chapter in their lives. For graduates entering a creative field like media, this may be even more true. After all, the media industry is notoriously unstructured and low-paying, and, since the advent of social media, ever in a state of flux. However, one thing has remained constant: the foundations of good storytelling. That’s why we recommend you stick to practical basics when considering gifts for folks entering the media business—the kind of reliable tools that will prepare them for a challenging yet exciting future. From a solid voice recorder for interviews to a functional-yet-fashionable shoulder bag, here are five gifts...