The Startup Toolbox - A 100% free overview of the best startup tools out there. By Founders, for Founders.
1. Establishing the basics
1. Business Planning @ Cuttles.io
Cuttles.io is the ultimate tool to structure the approach of creating, managing general business- and startup planning. With Cuttles.io, your startup is able to write your business plan, keep track of finances and plan your future roadmaps. We will definitely recommend throwing the 15USD after a paid plan at Cuttles.io
This document by Growth Founders is super valuable to identify key competitors and get an overview of the insights of their business. This is an in-depth research guide on how to understand your competitive landscape and to research and analyse the traffic sources driving the most traffic to your competitors’ website.
When you’re getting close to one, business plans are finished and you’ve done your competition research and identified the competitive landscape, it’s time to validate the idea. The guys over at Ideacheck.io can help you validate your startup idea by asking potential users of your idea, based on demographics and other criteria. Check them out!
Figma is the ultimate free prototyping tool. With Figma you can design, plan and build your clickable prototype, everything directly in your browser and free of cost. Create a free profile at Figma.com to get started, and 1-2-3 you have your first prototype ready. If you’re not the designer yourself, we can help you in the process.
unDraw is a widely used open-source library for illustrations to use in your MVP. They have an extensive library to fit every startups’ need with fully customizable illustrations – all free to use. If you’re also looking for icons, try Flaticon, which is a similar service, just for icons instead.
When you have developed a functioning prototype, whether you’ve done it in Figma or other tools (or even developed from scratch), it’s time to push it online to get some real customer feedback. Reach out to your primary user group and make sure to set up feedback loops to catch that valuable market-fit feedback. A lot of tools can be used for user-based feedback, but some of our favourites are: