Over the course of the last ten years, the operation of running a profitable startup has evolved dramatically. Nowadays, you need more than just a brilliant idea to succeed. Success now lies in the execution of your brilliant idea.
With more competition, aggressively ambitious rivals and more financial obstacles than ever before, maintaining a startup in the tech industry can be a struggle.
Luckily, there’s a sea of tools and products that were created with the sole purpose of making your startup experience easier.
But with an overwhelming amount of options and hundreds of differing opinions on which tools are best, finding the perfect startup toolkit can become a challenge in itself.
As a solution, we’re sharing several tricks and tools of the trade that have made our journey to digital success as smooth as can be. From Project Management to Marketing, these are the products that have worked for us and that will get you the results you need.
1. Slack - The communication tool
Communication is the key to success. To stay on top of our team connectivity, we use the messaging tool Slack. Slack simplifies team communication and provides a shared workspace where conversations are organised, recorded and readily accessible - no matter where your employees are situated in the world. This makes it perfect for remote offices and remote teams. Ultimately, this tool enhances our team productivity and creates a shared understanding across the whole board.
2. Trello - The organisational tool
Organisation should always be the starting point for a successful startup. A plan forms the foundation for success - without it, there’s no road map to guide you on your way to your goals. An excellent tool that we use for organisation is Trello. It’s an easy and visual way to organise project tasks or just general to-do lists. You can prioritise and share your task boards with other team members.
3. Assembla - The management tool
The main tool that we use, which is at the heart of everything we do throughout our process, is Assembla. This is a project management tool that allows you to quickly and easily create tickets for client projects. You can assign owners, due dates, estimates, @ mention teammates and more. The milestone feature allows you to set important dates for a group of major tasks in various phases of the execution.
4. Google Drive - The cloud storage tool
Cloud-based documentation has been game changer for the way our business is organised. We use the G-Suite feature, Google Drive, to store all of our company files. Google Drive provides continuous backups of all documents to the cloud, along with the ability to share all files with coworkers, making them readily accessible and collaborative. Using Google Drive for cloud-based documentation is cost-effective, time-effective, and boosts productivity and turnaround of projects.
5. Google Analytics and Moz - The marketing tools
Marketing is the ‘wow factor’ that showcases your business. It results in sales that, in turn, result in profit. But without data analysis tools, you won’t know whether your marketing campaigns are even successful or not. We use Google Analytics, and Moz to analyse our website traffic. Both pieces of software allow you to find out super cool (and important) things, such as which online marketing campaigns bring you the most conversions, what people click on most, and what people are searching to find your site.
6. QuickBooks - The accounting tool
QuickBooks accounting is an accounting software app that simplifies all of our financial proceedings. It can calculate and track your VAT, create employee payslips based on PAYE, NI, etc, manage and track CIS, and can provide you with an actual accountant/bookkeeper to collaborate with. This tool has saved us bags of valuable time and money and has made staying compliant with our accounts a complete ease.
We hope that you find at least one of these tech tools useful. It’s guaranteed that if these tools are partnered with a dedicated and hardworking team, they’re bound to help with business results.