10 Free (or Cheap) Tools for Start-ups

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Skype

“I’ve been using Skype for more than three years," Bennett says. "It’s beautiful--I can make unlimited calls within the U.S. and Canada for about $36 a year. It saves me on cell-phone minutes, as long as I’m sitting next to a computer, and I probably use it 50 or 100 times a day. It’s also fantastic for international calls. It costs me three cents a minute to talk to my suppliers in China. Plus, it syncs with Outlook, so when I add someone to my Outlook contacts, the information is immediately uploaded to Skype.”