“What is one piece of advice you’d give to a new entrepreneur?”
We asked our Facebook fans. And here are some cool responses we got, sorted by order of popularity / number of likes:
#1 Don’t Rush
Elnur D. Penahaliyev says:
Not to rush; to collect enough money before he starts to implement his business plan. And to collect the whole team of people who will work for this business, himself / herself should only work on how to increase efficiency and develop business, not to take part in daily work. This is important guys.
Don’t start with insufficient money! Collect at least money so that your business can survive 4 months without any sales.
One word of advice that says a lot. From Michael J. Hajduk.
#3 Have your product ready
Devin Kent Bryce says: Have a product or service ready to be sold before you start trying to sell it.…
A while ago the Zoho Invoice iPhone app V1.7 was released in the iTunes. And now, our android app development team has something fascinating to share as well – Release of Version 1.3.
Dim says – (Zoho Invoice android app user)
“Tried a lot of alternatives. This is EASILY the best of the lot. Made my life several magnitudes easier, and if you can believe it, has already saved me a few hundred dollars.”
What’s new in V 1.3 -
Contacts as customers in Zoho Invoice : Just like in the iPhone app, importing contacts from your android smartphone address book as customers in Zoho Invoice is possible in just a few taps. This little feature will directly import fields like email and mobile number etc., and map it to customer data in the app. You can even call or send a mail to your customer directly from customer detail page in the android app.…
In an effort to integrate a custom application with a database, a software developer struggles with one CRM application, but finds solace in Zoho CRM.
Pawan Jaiswal is a senior software developer that contracts on many different application integration projects. A few years ago he was working on a project for Laitkor Infosolutions Pvt. Ltd., a software development consulting company that builds custom web applications, mobile applications, and Windows applications.
Jaiswal was working on a project that required him to build a CRM backend interface for a custom application that was being used by a medical practice. He and his team started using Free CRM, but it quickly turned into a horrible experience.
The front end application that was supposed to be sending data to the CRM, wasn’t properly inserting the data into the database.…
Title alone is a giveaway. You have two or more customers with duplicate records in your Zoho Invoice or Zoho Books customer list. Reason for their existence could be :
1. You recently imported accounts and contacts from Zoho CRM and there are duplicate customer names staring at you.
2. You and your colleague unknowingly created the same contact under two different names. One as ‘Jane’ and another as ‘Jane Thomas’.
End Result : There are two sets of data (invoices, estimates,expenses..etc.,) running parallel for the same customer. You are annoyed and want to delete everything and start fresh… Pause .. Take a deep breath.
A little while ago we introduced ‘Merge Customer’. This tiny, yet powerful feature in Zoho Invoice and Zoho Books lets you merge your customer data so you won’t have to worry about twin records anymore.…
Using Zoho CRM, an outsourced sales staff shows its clients how every dollar is being used to gather leads and close sales.
Katie Berkovich is the founder and a sales executive for Contax Growth Strategies, a two-year-old consulting firm that provides outsourced sales professionals to growth stage companies. They help start ups get big enough so they can hire their own sales staff.
Contax consists of six sales executives that work on a part time basis for multiple clients. Since they’re distributed all around the country, they need collaborative cloud-based resources.
Ever since Berkovich graduated college, she has extensively used Salesforce.com and Oracle Siebel.
Berkovich’s knowledge in CRM made her realize she couldn’t start a business with the tools she knew. The other options were simply too expensive.…
There’s cold calling, and then there’s Cold Calling. If you don’t know the difference (hint: it’s not the capital C’s), then you’re probably not doing it right. Here are 5 tips from a cold calling “target” you can use to increase the effectiveness of your prospecting and sales.
In technology companies, there are two people that get the most cold calls: the IT/Data Center guy and the Marketing guy. In addition to pitch emails, I get about 3-5 cold calls every day from different vendors trying to pitch me some new service, product, ad network, etc.
Being in Marketing, I’m certainly sympathetic to what sales guys are trying to accomplish every single day: fill out their pipeline, and keep deals moving. As a professional courtesy, I try to take most of their calls, and I reply to their emails – even if it’s just to tell them I’m not interested (the exception to that rule are email list “companies”).…