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Seven must-have tools for start-up owners

By Guest Author on Monday, March 13th, 2017

This IPitch guest article was kindly supplied by Rachel Jackson. Rachel is a mother of two beautiful boys. She loves to hike and write about travelling, education and business. She is a professional writer and editor.


When running a start-up, several things are key. Getting enough capital is one, and staying productive and organised is another. Efficiency is the name of the game, no matter what area of the business you are talking about. These 7 tools will ensure that you get it all done.

1. Slack

This app and website are set up to help team communication, which is essential for running a business smoothly. It’s a great way to keep new employees up to speed – something which will be needed often in the early days of expansion. You can set different boards within your channel in order to separate departments, and you can share files as well as even calling one another in-app.

2. iPhone

How do you keep all of your messages, files, and contacts in one place? By buying the most advanced smartphone on the market. There are so many useful apps for start-up owners available on the iTunes store that you won’t know where to start. If a new handset seems pricey, buy second-hand and unlock the iCloud account afterwards.

3. GSuite

If you want to get everything set up online as quickly as possible, GSuite is the one. You can buy a domain, set up emails, watch your analytics, manage ad campaigns, and generally keep on top of everything from within their tools. Using the Google platform also helps search ratings, and it means you know everything is taken care of completely.

4. Kindle Fire

Want a device that you can take with you everywhere and do everything you need to? The Kindle Fire could be it. It’s smaller and lighter than a laptop or laptop tablet, and while there is less functionality, it could be enough for your needs. You can manage, edit, and send documents through the apps, as well as keeping on top of emails. For those long commutes or travel to meetings where you just need to switch off, it’s also full of games, books, and TV shows for your entertainment.

5. UpWork

In the early days, you will probably find it more beneficial to hire freelancers than to bring in new employees. Some businesses find that this is a model which suits them well even as they grow. If you need someone to complete a task, you can usually find them on UpWork. This includes content writers, web developers, graphic designers, social media managers, and so on and so forth. Hiring is quick and payment is easy.

6. Quora

Got a question about running your business? Someone has probably already answered it on Quora. All users here have to have a verified background so that they know what they are talking about. If you can’t find the answer, you can always ask it and find an expert ready to help you out. It’s like having mentors all around the world, but for free.

7. Phone management system

There are plenty of these in the marketplace, so we won’t pick out just one. Having a virtual answering machine is a great way to make your business look bigger and more impressive than it is at low cost. If you are unable to answer the phone, this “receptionist” will take a message and have it ready for you whether you are near your mobile, your emails, or the office phone. It’s an efficient way of keeping on top of communication.

It’s essential that you have the right tools to help you through these early stages. Don’t miss out on growth potential because you don’t have the right organisational solutions at your fingertips!

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