Running a small business can be expensive, and while implementing a CRM system saves you money in the long run, it may seem like a large expense at first. Here are a few ways to trim the cost of your CRM implementation.
1. Managers first
The first users of your CRM system can be owners, managers and supervisors in your business. Once familiar with it, they can demonstrate the system to other employees, who can then become users themselves. Having a proper training program in place will speed up your implementation, and increase the cost benefit of your CRM system. A CRM system only works to it’s potential if everyone participates.
Be sure to check if your business qualifies for any discounts. Bulk orders, and those working in Education and Non-Profit organizations can receive up to a 20% discount on their 1CRM software licenses. (Discounts apply to On Premise Software License fees but not to On Premise Support Subscription fees.)
3. Cost Comparisons
When it comes to CRM systems, you want to get one that fits the size, needs, and budget of your business. You do not want your CRM system to cost you more money than it saves you through the proper management of your business and customers.
4. Small Business Grants
In many cases, the government can pay for a large portion of your CRM implementation.
– Visit this website for a list of the top Canadian small business grants
– On this website, you’ll find information about small business loans and grants available in the United States
– This website will tell you all about funding your small business in Europe
– Lastly, if you are a resident of the UK, you can visit here for grant information.
5. Partner Up
In addition to government grants, you can also pitch to investors in your area, or partner up with another business to become affiliates for one another.
6. Appeal to the Masses
Start a campaign on Kickstarter or Indiegogo. Share your vision with the world, and see who would like invest in your project.
We hope that these tips have helped you in your efforts to trim the costs of your business and CRM implementation. Do you have more tips for small business owners? Feel free to share them with us below!