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10 Useful tools for start-ups

BEF and highlight 10 tools to help start-ups get more done.

BEF has teamed up with to provide helpful resources for start-ups embarking on the journey of their new business.

BEF and Paperound strongly believe in supporting business owners at the early stage, helping them grow and reach the next level. We understand the pressures of being a new business owner where your time is precious and there’s a growing list of things to do.

The list includes 10 useful tools and platforms across a range of work areas that all help start-ups #getmoredone:

1. Paperound is a marketplace for busy founders to hand-off company tasks to high calibre UK students on-demand. It’s a quick and easy way to free up your time and extend your team when you need.

Verified students can be booked from as little as one hour for tasks such as basic admin, marketing (blogs, web design, videos, social), translation, data analysis or research.

Simply, book, brief and pay after.

2. Trello

Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, Trello tells you what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process. Imagine a white board, filled with lists of sticky notes, with each note as a task for you and your team.

Free plan: Unlimited cards, unlimited members, Up to 10 boards

3. Hunter is an email hunter tool that helps marketers find email addresses associated with any web-domain, by scraping websites for contact information.

This is ideal for companies that use cold emailing as a way to fill their pipeline. Furthermore, Email Hunter can also be used to verify emails.

Free plan: 25 searches a month, 50 verifications

4. SeedLegals

SeedLegals is a legal platform using deal data and technology to help founders close their funding round much faster and less expensively than ever before.

Their legal automation software designed for startups allows founders to create all the documents they need to do a UK funding round, as well as supporting legal documents such as NDAs and IP Assignments.

Starter plan (£29 per month): employments agreements, startup contracts, share certificates

5. MailTrack

MailTrack is a free browser extension for the Chrome web browser that tracks if recipients have read email messages that you sent using Google's email service Gmail.

It also lets you know when the emails you receive are being tracked, with an Incoming tracked email indicator.

Free plan – unlimited tracking, MailTrack signature on emails

6. Ember

Ember is an intuitive accounting platform that automates the accounting and tax process and avoids all the accounting jargon! Ember automatically categorises transactions and produces reports, captures expenses/receipts, helps do your tax return, and provides in-app support.

Plan: £39 a month with first month free.

7. Calendly

Calendly is an automated scheduling platform that has been designed to make the process of finding meeting times easy. Connect your calendar/availability to Calendly, define the duration of the meetings for people to choose, and share a link that brings people to your Calendly page – from there, they can select a time to meet with you.

Free plan – One calendar per user, calendar integrations, One event type

8. Loom

Loom is a video messaging / screen tool that helps you get your message across through shareable videos. With Loom, you can quickly record your screen, microphone, and camera simultaneously, then share it immediately via a URL.

Free plan – Up to 100 videos, 5 minutes video length.

9. Canva

Canva is a free graphic design platform that allows you to create invitations, business cards, flyers, and other content pieces using professionally designed templates and a drag & drop interface.

Free plan – Invite members, 100+ design types, 5GB storage.

10. Buffer

Buffer lets you visually plan and schedule your social media campaigns in an intuitive way. Schedule posts in bulk on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and receive analytics on engagement through the platform as well.

Free plan: 3 social channels, 10 scheduled posts, 1 user

Apply for a Start Up Loan

BEF are an accredited delivery partner of the Start Up Loan scheme. 

A Start Up Loan is a government-backed personal loan available to individuals looking to start or grow a business in the UK. You borrow £500 to £25,000 over 1–5 years at a fixed rate of 6% per annum. Apply here.

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