Starting a business is hard, especially when you don’t have the right tools. But how do you knows which tools are the best to use?
Ask someone smart, efficient, and experienced–like Rob Fitzpatrick, a serial entrepreneur, author of a great book on how to talk to customers, and a partner at Founder Centric, designers and teachers of top-tier startup education.
Rob put together a brain dump of tools he frequently turns to for his projects. Some are more obvious, others fairly unusual, but each can be extremely useful for startups:
Talking to Customers
Physical Products and Print-on-Demand
Shapeways – High quality 3d printing in a wide range of materials including gold and silver (for jewelry) and ceramics (for household goods); great for prototyping and market-testing physical products.
Email management tools
SalesHandy – Data Analytic’s and communication tools to help inside sales team become highly productive. Features like Behavior Tracking, Share Files, Email Tracking, Focused Live Meeting, Sales Performance Tracking, Lead Tracking etc.
Project Management Tools
Trello – It’s a great tool for listing out stock you need to buy, for prioritizing tasks with your team, and for playing around with ideas, thanks to the super easy drag-and-drop functionality built into the app.
Tools that will save you time
Tools for information collectors and note takers
Evernote Clearly extension – Evernote Clearly extension, which will strip the page of all elements except the body content and body images, letting you read entirely without distraction! This is especially useful if you’re working through a dense document.
The simplest invoicing, accounting, and payroll tools
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Branding and design tools for the DIYer
Canva – It completely free (you only need to pay for any stock photos you use), but it also requires minimal learning, has a number of templates, and is chock-a-block full of free graphics, icons, and shapes.