Startup Toolkit: Get on Track with These Amazing Business Tools

Creating and managing a business isn’t easy. If it was, success would grow on money trees. And though the struggle is part of the process, it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Let's say you’ve started your business, but now you need tools. Apps to make sure you're meeting all of your goals-- and your meetings.  

To get your week started off on the right foot, we’re listing some of the best websites and apps to keep you on the right track to building a strong business!


If you’re just starting your business and are looking for a financial planner, Learnvest is for you. Knowing exactly where every nickel and dime goes is key to growth. Learnvest helps you keep strict tabs on your finances in both a simple and affordable (bonus!) way. Not only that, you get personalized advice that is aimed at both your personal and business financial goals. Get your financial plan in action and climb one step closer to the top of the ladder. 

GoLive HQ

You know your company or brand isn’t set without a proper website. It's the face you show the web world. So forget that pretty (but boring) template that’s been used time and again. What you need is to call GO LIVE HQ for the most dynamic web design that’s right for your brand. The amazing all-girl team at Go Live HQ will Hook. You. Up. These web-savvy ladies will connect you with web designs, brand resources, and Go Live workshops that make web design easy as pie.


If you haven’t thought about including a newsletter into your brand’s digital strategy, then think again. Even if you feel intimidated by the idea, Mailchimp makes creating and sending out newsletters simple. Not only is Mailchimp easy to use, but the service allows you to send emails at optimized times, and provides you with analytics that track newsletter campaigns and click-through rates. As the chimps say: send better email. 


Some people work off their notebooks and write down every little thing they need to do every day. It's old school. It works. Sort of. Asana helps you project manage a lot better. It helps you craft a perfect to-do list. It also assists in managing team projects. You and your colleagues can check off tasks that are done, as well as easily see what still needs to be completed. It's effective digital teamwork. You do want to be organized, right? 


Slack is the perfect way for you to communicate with your team. You can transfer files, integrate the tools that you already use for work (like Asana, Mailchimp, Twitter, Dropbox, and Google Drive), as well as categorize conversations based on what department you’re in. With Slack, you might just (happily) say goodbye to your outdated email, and switch to the platform that makes communication and team productivity much easier, more streamlined, and more transparent.



As a business owner, you have to know what contracts and legal agreements are going to keep your business running. That’s where Shake comes in. Shake is an app that allows you to create, sign, and send legally binding agreements in seconds. Perfect for business owners and freelancers alike, Shake aims to remove the stress of creating legally-binding agreements. If you’re hiring ,or just got hired for a freelance gig, Shake is going to be a lifesaver for you.

Priscilla Castro

Director of Social Media at Create & Cultivate