By Babatola Akinpelu
Guest Writer, The Xpress Train

Once you have a startup idea, the first issue becomes how to get the product out there at the lowest possible cost. As the urge to develop the product keeps rising, you might find yourself learning a lot of things about launching a startup and keeping it alive. One of the most daunting tasks might be how to source funds and even once you have that figured out, you will soon discover that a startup is beyond having the business online or perhaps in a rented office down the block.

Startup problems are beyond just funding, there are also issues concerning management and marketing and you will find that these can be just as hard as sourcing for funds. But you can breathe easy, Startup problems have become such a common problem in today’s society, that there are several tools out there that can help you out either when you are just starting out or even after the startup is up and running. These tools will help you cover several pain points and some might even help with the scalability of your business or startup.

So what tools do I recommend to startups out there? Well, here’s a list.

  1. The Name App: this is a fitting app to start the list with. The Name app will help you not only come up with a memorable and fitting name for your startup but it will also help you check if social media profile names and other usernames are available for use. The app is only available to iPhone users and other users are restricted to the website.
  2. Beta List: this is a tool that is more focused on launching your startup than anything else. It will help your startup idea gain the presence it needs by presenting it before experts while also gaining the necessary feedback from them.
  3. Slack: if you have a team or perhaps several collaborators working with you, then Slack is the app for you. The app has a superb integration capability which is its selling point and comes with a very convenient and easy to use, search function. The app is mostly free and could easily serve as the online board room you have been looking for.
  4. Buffer: Everyone knows that any good business idea now, needs a strong online presence and Buffer is the app to help with that. The app will help you schedule social media posts and takes away the stress of having to create posts yourself every time. You can simply, in your free time, use Buffer to plan all these posts and no one will ever be the wiser.
  5. MailChimp: emails are an integral part of any marketing plan. MailChimp assists you with this simple task. The service will help you schedule and plan emails to all your customers and with years of experience under its belt, you can trust it to do its job excellently.
  6. Unsplash: if you are looking to use graphics to appeal to your customers, then Unsplash is the tool to help you with that. The tool has a library of images with excellent resolution that you can adopt in your promotions and campaigns and what’s more, Unsplash is totally free.

There are many more tools out there that will help you with your startup and most of them are free. Even the paid ones are easily affordable. If you are the kind that loves to do things yourself or are perhaps low on funds, then you should check these tools out.