Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn, once said, "Running a startup is like jumping off a cliff and building a plane on the way down." Luckily, in this modern-day tech savvy era there are hundreds of tools that can assist with this ginormous project. Here are 10 software tools that we recommend for your startup.

1. Slack

Team communication is simple with Slack. This platform allows everyone to meet virtually and you can create multiple channels, each assigned with different tasks, to keep projects organized. Other features include direct messaging and even integrating additional tools and apps. For a more in-depth review of it's features, download our free ultimate guide to Slack.

2. SaaS Manager

This platform lets your startup developers work quickly and build cloud applications 3+ months faster, providing common features such as API's and simple web applications. Their integration and business commoditization tools are very beneficial. Our latest SaaS startup, SkillHunt, took only 11 weeks to build using this platform.

3. Appoint.ly

Never miss an appointment or meeting using Appoint.ly. This handy tool simplifies your client scheduling and integrates with all the major calendars, saving you from any double-booking fiascos.  Plus, it sends reminders to both you and your prospect, eliminating the hassle of sending out reminder emails yourself.

4. Trello

Trello is a great visual tool that keeps your projects and to-do list on track. Arrange your projects on a "board" and easily assign them to other team members. You'll also be able to share files and comments and monitor the progress of each task.

5. Grammarly

Avoid embarrassing grammar or spelling mistakes using this insanely thorough tool. It checks for grammatical, spelling, and punctuation errors in written content. From emails to social media posts to proposals, you'll never submit content riddled with mistakes again.

6. HemmingwayApp

If your content is too sophisticated or complex this application saves you every time. Copy for websites and other marketing materials must be bold, blunt, and to the point, not full of complicated syntax and long words. The HemmingwayApp checks your work and uses a multi-color highlighter system to alert you of problems and recommend solutions.

7. Brand24

Monitor social media and your brand like a pro using Brand24. Using this tool you're able to track all mentions of your brand, name, competitors, and additional news in your niche. Keep your online presence at your fingertips and stay in the loop with your ambassadors, influencers, and potential customers. A new feature was even recently introduced that shows how popular a given post is, providing invaluable insight.

8. Woodpecker

This email automation tool sends out cold-emails and follow ups in a personalised manner. It creates a surprisingly warm message without any manual attention from you, also providing open and click statistics so you can make necessary improvements to maintain efficiency.  

9. RightHello

Perfect for the B2B world, this is a live-updated database filled with millions of companies your startup can connect with on an automated level. It finds and identifies company matches and creates personalised email campaigns to send out, alerting you of all positive matches.  

10. Tweetdeck

Manage multiple Twitter accounts with ease using this irreplaceable command center. View all the lists you're following, notifications, and direct messages in one place. You're even able to tweet or schedule a tweet and send messages.

There you have it: 10 amazing software tools for your startup. If time is not chasing you yet, take a quick look below at 4 bonus tools we also recommend!

11. Buffer

Connect multiple social media platforms in one place with this smart and easy to use content manager that lets you schedule 10 posts ahead on each network.

12. Google Analytics

A great, free tool you use to learn about your audience and how they interact with your website.

13. Canva

Easily create graphics for blog and social media posts using set templates and layouts.

14. Google Docs

This popular resource for sharing reports allows multiple people to work simultaneously on one file.

So, what are your top software tools? Share your list with us and please feel free to contact us.


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