1. SCORE – Online Mentor for Youstr
As a start-up founder, one must always
have a mentor, a veteran, to help you do
the right thing. It is the suggested best
practice for a startup founder. SCORE
provides you this, wherein a mentor is
assigned who helps you to create your
business model, decide the marketing
strategy, test the product idea etc. And
all of this is just for free. Nothing can beat
the advice of a real mentor but this is a
good reference.
2. Fiddle – Create free business models
Once you have validated your idea
through customer meetings, you have to
create a business model for your idea. A
business model, as you know, captures
various aspects of your startup viz.
customer segments, value propositions,
delivery channels, key resources, cost and
revenue streams etc. Fiddle is an online
tool which allows you to create and share
your business model easily. It allows you
to add attachments and notes, which
makes it easier for your peers to
understand and contribute to your
business model.
3. PowToons – Best Way to Create
Product Videos
It’s always a tough task to create product
launch videos or company overview
videos for free. Many times a start-up
founder uses simple presentations to
demonstrate the product. And it’s really
unimpressive and dim. PowToons solves
this problem by providing a very simple
way to create promotional or introductory
videos online. It provides you with
templates which are easy to edit without
a need to learn even a single bit about it.
And the video gets ready within few
4. SurveyMonkey – Best Way to Conduct
Online Surveys
Many times you will need to conduct
online surveys, just to test or improve
your new product idea or to get feedback
about your products and services.
SurveyMonkey is an online tool which is
perfectly made for it. It allows you to
create your questionnaire with single
selection and multi-selection answer
choices. It also allows you to select the
design for the survey. This tool provides
various statistics about the survey. Its
free up to first 100 responses, after that
you can continue using the service by
opting a suitable pricing plan.
5. Wave Apps– Online Accounting and
Invoicing Solution
As a founder, you will have to manage
different company accounts eg. sales,
marketing etc. Moreover, you will be
required to send invoices and bills to your
customers. Wave apps provide an online
accounting and invoicing solution. It
provides features like invoice creation,
bills creation, accounting etc.
6. MailChimp– Boost your customer base
by free email marketing
As a startup, it is good to have a mailing
platform to maintain your customer
mailing list and conduct email marketing
campaigns. email marketing is one of the
most prevalent marketing technique, it
helps you to spread the word about the
startup and latest developments. It has
an ‘Entrepreneur’ package which allows
you to send 12 000 mails to 2000
subscribers for free.
7. Basecamp – Manage Your Projects
More Efficiently
If your startup is operating in a service
business, then you might have to manage
multiple client projects with multiple
teams working on them. In such case,
Basecamp is a very useful web based tool
which can be used to help you operate
different project simultaneously.
8. Trello – Organize your day to day work
As a startup founder, you will always have
to manage many things and projects
simultaneously. You have to handle
multiple teams throughout the day. Trello
is an online tool that can help you to
manage your work, synchronize team
work, organize your day to day tasks etc.
9. Prezi – Create Impressive Company
Though Microsoft PowerPoint is a very
nice tool for making company
presentations, the world of presentations
is undergoing a huge change. Do you want
to take the first step? Want to improve?
Prezi is a free online tool that allows you
to create really nice presentations with
zooming effects and a lot of other 3D
designs and templates.
10. Dropbox – Free Cloud Storage
When working with different teams
simultaneously, team members need to
manage many documents, codes,
databases simultaneously. Often you will
be required to access one of the shared
files. To avoid future confusions about
the latest version of such artifacts, it is
better to store them on cloud. This
enables everyone to make changes to the
correct file and update the file centrally.
One of the best free solution to achieve
this is Dropbox. It’s an online cloud
storage tool that allows you to manage
your data on cloud. Dropbox is available
for mobiles too so that makes it more
As always, you can never have a fixed
numbered list of tools to solve your all
pains. Here are few more, hope you enjoy