You’ve got a great idea, a drive to succeed, and maybe even a team around you. Whether you’ve just signed up for a co-working space or are starting in your garage, you’re ready to hit the ground running and take the world by storm. But starting work on your startup without the right tool stack is a bit like trying to build a house without any lumber. Instead of building your tool stack from scratch, here’s a list of the essential startup tools you should think about getting.
Essential startup tool #1: a task management system
Whether you’re a team of one or one thousand, you need a way to keep track of what everyone’s up to. Unless you’re planning to do that with a bunch of post-its and a corkboard, you need a software tool that can do the job for you. There’s a huge variety of these tools on the market, but here are just a few of the best ones:
It’s best to start with a free tool, something you can use without having to worry about how it’ll affect the bottom line of your fledgling business.
One of the toughest things, when you’re just starting out, is finding a support network. That’s why one of the best startup tools you can have isn’t a tool per se, but a community. By finding like-minded people — some with more experience than you — you can get answers to common questions, get help with tough blockers, and more. Here are just a few communities catered to startups:
Startup tool powerhouse: no-code platform
An essential startup tool is something that can be a lot of tools at once. No-code platforms come in many forms, but they’re all designed to let you build software solutions for everything from landing pages to databases without breaking the bank — or any technical knowledge. While you’ll probably need dedicated tools down the line, you shouldn’t keep yourself from going ahead with an important initiative just because you can’t afford the right tool. Here are some of the best options:
For smoothing out startup tool stacks: integration solution
Finally, you need something that makes it all come together. Having the right startup tools means you can do a lot of work, even on your own. But no tool, no matter how effective, can protect you from one of the biggest problems every company, big and small, runs into: tool silos. A tool silo forms whenever you’re using multiple tools. It keeps data locked in, meaning it only gets out if someone manually takes it out. Unless you have the right integration. An integration like Unito.
Unito is a no-code workflow management solution with the deepest two-way integrations for some of the most popular tools on the market, from task management tools like Asana and Trello to no-code platforms like Notion and Asana.
Even startups with just a few employees can fall prey to tool silos, so even they can benefit from a solution like Unito.
Start off on the right foot.
If you’re going to change the world, you need to set yourself up for success. One of the ways you can do that is by making sure you have the right tools. It’s easy to get paralyzed trying to build the perfect tool stack, but you only need a few tools to get started. Make sure you have a way to track your work, a community to talk to, a platform to build anything you need, and a solution to bring it all together.