Starting a business from scratch is no easy task. There’s tons of careful planning that need to go into it, and even then, there will be a lot of uncertainty. Many entrepreneurs want to get a business off the ground, but very few manage to do so.
The logic is somewhat simple. They have to take their young business from point A to point B, where point A is the founder’s brilliant idea of what the business is and what it can do, while point B is the hoped-for state where the startup is established, secure, and profitable.
But as we said, there are plenty of moving parts when starting a business and it’s pretty easy to get lost in the details. When wanting to start right, but are faced with the many intricacies of launching a business, many entrepreneurs lose hope altogether. It’s for this reason why it’s important just to start to get the ball rolling. The thing that keeps you from launching should either be ignored for the time being or tackled head-on. Either way, the point is to get moving or risk never to do so.
The good part here is that there are certain assets that you can use to flesh out your startup as you go. That said, here are ten such resources that will help you achieve startup success.
Startup Grind is one of the largest startup communities in the world. It hosts well over 400,000 entrepreneurs from 85 countries and over 200 cities. Having such a large community of your peers at your disposal, you will have access to a vast network of resources, events, partnerships, and media opportunities.
Also, Startup Grind will also host local community events to help entrepreneurs meet up in person and form better connections. You will reach out and discover new talent, investors, innovators, and educators for your startup.
Coursera is an online platform that allows you and your team to expand your knowledge and skills as you go. It offers a wide range of courses from top universities around the globe and in numerous specialties. These include anything from IT, machine learning, Python, finance, marketing, entrepreneurship, and the list can go on.
The price of admission for these courses doesn’t exceed $100, making it quite affordable for startups. Online certifications are also available for some of the courses. On a similar note, Khan Academy is an online platform that will help you put the basics on your knowledge in fields such as computing and finance.
Dubbed as “Match.com for investors and startups” by Business Insider, AngelList is a website that helps startups find capital from angel investors and venture capital firms. It’s also a platform that allows job seekers looking to find employment at startups. With thousands of investors active on the site, you are bound to find the right one, granted you have a viable business and are not engaging with the wrong investors.
ClickUp is a project management software that can help startups eliminate many of their risks by providing them with a wide array of tools for a process, task, and time management. There are, of course, other such management software available on the market, but ClickUp has a more versatile and flexible interface.
It allows users to fully customize the software to best match their workflow as well as how they wish to display their projects. It also integrates with Slack, Google Drive, GitHub, Dropbox, Figma, etc., making that much easier to manage communications.
Many startup entrepreneurs believe they have a product that will completely revolutionize the market. And while this is what all should strive towards, not all ideas will get the necessary traction to make it in the real world. Userinput is a platform that helps startups get honest feedback from users that are willing to provide it.
The feedback you receive on your website or app comes quickly and will offer you the right input to make the necessary improvements before officially launching the product on the market.
As its name would seem to suggest, Startup Stash is a sort of curated directory that holds over 400 resources and tools. These can be used to build your startup from scratch as well as grow it at a consistent pace. The products you will find here are in 40 categories; such as Marketing, Raising Capital, Customer Support, Idea Generation, etc. Each of them holds ten resources and tools to help you on your journey.
With Strategyzer, you will have access to a tool they call Business Model Canvas. This tool helps entrepreneurs create a comprehensive business model that will offer great direction. Similarly, there’s the Value Proposition Canvas and other similar tools on the platform that startups can use to improve their strategic management processes.
Kissmetrics is a useful funnel analytics tool that helps you monitor the activity of your website visitors from the first point of engagement all through the buyer’s journey. It is crucial because repeat customers make up the bulk of the business for every organization. It means that customer nurturing and retention is crucial and here is where Kissmetrics comes in handy.
Having a business adviser early on can prove the difference between a successful and an unsuccessful startup. But when on a tight budget, this may not always be an option, Luckily, however, Clarity can mitigate this problem by providing founders with access to experts on-demand instead of full time. Be it business strategy, social media, strategic planning, business development; you can select an expert and connect directly.
Growthority is an organization that provides startups with growth hacking services. What they do is, they take over the early stage growth process of the business, in certain areas such as online marketing. These teams will also provide other technical skills and knowledge to help develop the business and scale it up.
With the help of the resources presented here, your startup can get a better handle and develop at a much faster rate than otherwise. And once you’ve gotten a better handle on things, you can move up to other similar resources, or keep using the same.