Nick Abouzeid
Nick AbouzeidContent @ Emergence Capital

What's the best personal (free) CRM service?

Read this great article ( about Chris Fralic about how he manages his network & would love some free alternatives to Contactually - $39/mo is way too much for a college student. Thanks!
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    The next generation contact manager

    Jonathan Costet
    Jonathan Costet3Head of Marketing · Written
    Jonathan Costet made this product
    Folk works perfectly on my end. Lets me import contacts from all my sources, organize and map out my network, and set reminders, tasks and simple flows. Added bonus: lots of automation (contact enrichment, deduplication, scoring, etc...) that takes a lot of time in a regular CRM.
    • Jonathan Costet
      Jonathan CostetHead of Marketing

      I've been using Folk in private beta for some time, and I'm glad I can finally tell the world how much of a game-changer it has been for me! Folk saves me a HUGE amount of time: it keeps all my contacts from multiple sources in one place, it automatically deduplicates/enriches/adds email threads to contacts, AND it acts like a CRM but for my network. I had tested many options before, so I'm relieved I won't have to switch tools back-and-forth anymore!

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    • David Ryan
      David RyanCreator of Corilla.

      New product that instantly made me smile. It fits in between the virtually useless contacts list in Gmail and the distant-feeling CRM in the cloud. Using it made me realise this happy medium of Folk is much quicker for the kind of contact management and outreach most relevant for our company. Plus the overall UX and beautiful UI run rings around the majority of CRMs and contact managers out there.

  2. You get the full version of Salesforce, for free. It has some limits, but all-in-all pretty complete!
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  3. 3
    Freshsales CRM

    A full-fledged CRM for high-velocity sales teams.

    Tejas Kinger
    Tejas Kinger20SaaS Product Marketing @ Freshworks Inc · Written
    You could try Freshsales CRM. Freshsales comes with a full-featured free plan that should work well as a personal CEM for a college student. Go ahead, give it a spin.
    • Steven Hambleton
      Steven HambletonFounder, Emailancer

      I used Pipedrive for a while but Freshsales is so much faster and the user interface, automations and built in email tracking meant I could retire a few other products.

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    CRM in your inbox - for Gmail

    Ayush Mittal
    Ayush Mittal27bro @boombro, Founder RefR ✌ · Written
    Streak is pretty cool. It integrates with your Gmail and absolutely free. I believe all your do's and dont's of building long-thriving (Not Just Lasting) relationships can be accomplished with this. There are preset pipelines and one of the personal pipelines will suit you the most. It works like a spreadsheet and each cell here is called box. Every contact is categorised into different stages. You can create tasks for yourself. Hope this helps.
    Aleksandra5Maker @ Planet:tech, Supergirls · Written
    Agree. And I'm really waiting for the integration with Zapier :)
    • Jonathan Knegtel
      Jonathan KnegtelBuilding

      I've used Streak for + 3 years and has always been my go to. I've set it up for clients for sales, project management and my personal inbox.

      Support is always willing to help and once you think you have mastered it, there is another hidden feature. (formulas in a CRM anyone?)

      Make sure to hold an onboarding session for your team and commit, it will pay off.

    • Robert Stojnic
      Robert StojnicCEO, Atlas ML

      Indispensable for managing hires and pipelines, been using it every day for months. However, it frequently takes a couple of seconds to load, and can take longer to retrieve old emails assigned to a box.

  5. 3
    HubSpot CRM

    Organize, track, and sell

    Tomas Johnson
    Tomas JohnsonProduct manager · Written
    Pretty simple , we moved from Salesforce to Hubspot. It has all basic features small business may need.
    masonlevyFounder, Education Bot · Written
    Hubspot is amazing an email tracking. Not the best for keeping any other type of interaction in line.
    • David Ferguson
      David FergusonFounder, 5000fish, Inc.

      I've been using HubSpot CRM since it was in Beta and it's really matured into a powerful CRM. I do pay for the Sales Pro tools which unlock a lot of power. There are some limitations however that make it a bad fit, you can read more about those in this review -

    • Julián Maya
      Julián MayaFounder, Sensorglobe

      I applied for the program through Start-Up Chile accelerator for my startup.

      It is a bad product, it lacks of quality, features and it is expensive. That is ok, you have the choice to deliver bad quality as I have the choice to find other solution.

      But I can not cancel hubspot account, now we are attached to a 12month contract per agent without any advert. I'm watching how they take my money every month even when I am not using it, and i begging them to cancel my account, they refuse.

      Keep away from hubspot for startups, this is more a SCAM than a support program.

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    NetHunt CRM

    Turn Gmail into a smart CRM

    Victor Iryniuk
    Victor IryniukMarketing Manager, NetHuntCRM. · Written
    Victor Iryniuk made this product
    NetHunt would de great as a personal CRM. While not free, it's dirt-cheap and has no limitations. It's Gmail-based, so you can keep up the relationships via email pretty easy.
    • Matt Pliszka
      Matt PliszkaCEO & co-founder @

      If Google Apps / GMail is enough for you, this is a great extension, adding CRM elements to the tools you're already using on a daily basis.

  7. Enterprising Josh made this product
    Best free full featured CRM is Bitrix24. Free unlimited contacts. Lead management. Marketing automation. Quotes and invoices. Tasks and projects. Client collaboration. See