Business Start-up Tools

  • Google analytics – Users can view the countries their site has been seen in, the percentage differences in traffic drivers, and their key numbers, broken out by the day, week, month, or year.
  • EchoSign – Tired of filing cabinets full of loose documents that just keep mounting? EchoSign is the eco-friendly solution. Simply upload your documents onto the EchoSign server and send to the other party. With its E-sign capability, EchoSign makes signing contracts a hassle-free event, with no printer or scanner necessary
  • DropBox – Dropbox is the multitasker’s saviour, creating a virtual link between all of your Internet connected devices.
  • Wix – For those individuals who are less tech savvy and more design centred, Wix is a great resource for website and blog creation. With a “no coding” promise,
  • Evernote – It takes all those bright new ideas that start-ups spurt out on a regular basis (which is a good thing, don’t get me wrong!) and it organises it all into one easily accessible place.
  • Hootsuite – Hootsuite is a social dashboard. It puts all your different social platforms into one easy to navigate place – meaning that you’re saving time and energy going from one place to another.
  • Dashlane – Dashlane is the largest online password and wallet protection software. It is military protected, so you don’t have to worry about things getting away from you.
  • Surveymonkey – is an easy-to-use tool that helps you design, create, collect and analyse surveys
  • Streak – is a customer relationship management (CRM) Gmail plugin. The plugin helps you manage your relationships with customers by grouping all your dealings and conversations with particular customers in the same place. This helps you keep track of all the details you might need to know about a particular customer and that deal.
  • Invoiceable – Unlike other invoicing tools, Invoiceable doesn’t have a limit on the number of invoice that you can create or the number of customers that you can add. With Invoiceable you can track outstanding payments, follow up on pending payments and of course, automate invoices in seconds (saving you lots of time).
  • Wave – is a fantastic accounting app that is a favourite among start-Up

Checklist for Start-up Businesses

Background work
  • Analyse your business idea by doing a SWOT analysis
  • Access your strengths and weaknesses as an entrepreneur
  • Establish business and personal goals
  • Access your financial resources and identify potential resources of funds.
  • Identify the financial risks
  • Determine the start-up cost
  • Decide on your business location
  • Do a thorough market research
  • Identify your customers
  • Identify your competitors
  • Develop a marketing plan
Guidelines for Start-Up Businesses
  • Select a lawyer and an accountant
  • Choose a form of organisation (proprietorship, partnership, or corporation for example)
  • Create your business (register your company’s name, incorporate the business, etc.)
  • Prepare a business plan
  • Select a banker and set up a business checking account
  • Apply for business loans and grants (if applicable)
  • Establish a line of credit (if possible)
  • Select an insurance agent and obtain business insurance
Are you thinking of building a sustainable business? Then you should write a business plan and follow through. Click here to download a guide on how to write a business plan.