How to create a successful startup?

Ever wondered how to create a successful start up?
You’ve got to find what your recipe for success looks like to you. There is no one-size-fits-all for successful startups; All startup stories are different. Running low on manpower and experiencing rapid growth? It’s necessary to automate certain systems in order to meet your goals.
With that in mind, we’ve gathered a list of our favourite tech tools that we use to help us reach our goals. These tools compliment our working style and team to create our answer to how to create a successful startup.

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1. Building the site

When it comes creating a successful startup, building your site is important. As an online marketplace, we have a vast website that requires constant updating and managing. Our developers do an amazing job at fixing any bugs or issues that might come up, but they don’t have the time or resources to manage every new page we want to build or edit.
We needed to find a software that allowed us to create, publish and manage our website and its content in a way that we didn’t have to get the developers involved at every stage of the process. That’s where a Content Management System comes in.
These softwares enable your team to use your favourite website frameworks and services to build working products. We use ours on a daily basis to build, update and optimise sections of our website, allowing us to free up our developer’s time to work on our bigger projects!
Examples: Adobe Experience Manager, Contentstack
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2. A way of talking to your customers

When you’re a growing company with a large client base, you need to find an efficient way of managing your database and communicating with customers in order to provide excellent customer service. When thinking about how to create a successful startup, talking to customers should be at the centre of everything you do.
In our web-centred world, it didn’t make sense for us to communicate with our clients via the phone and email. Find a customer messaging software that you can connect up to your website. It makes it easy to connect with your visitors and communicate with them in real time.
You should try instant messenger, email and a bespoke support centre. Our account managers are now available to respond to requests immediately as and when they come in.
Examples: Drift, Crisp, FreshChat
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3. Content Scheduling

Social media is hugely important for any company wanting to promote their brand. But manually posting several times a day to multiple platforms is an incredibly time consuming and inefficient process. There are plenty of Social Media Management softwares out there that allow you to plan and schedule parts of your content strategy all in one place.
From blogs and emails to Twitter and LinkedIn posts, you can create and schedule quality content every day of the week. The software will then publish your social media posts automatically at the time that you have set.
We plan all of our content on one of these softwares. This allows our Digital Content Executives to work on multiple projects at one time. 
Examples: Hootsuite, TweetDeck, Buffer, Hubspot.
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4. Management Tools

When you’re working at a startup, it can be a struggle to keep track of your team’s workload.
You’re all working on so many projects simultaneously, that staying up to date on who’s doing what can seem like an impossible challenge. That’s why we use a Company Management Web application that’s designed to help teams track our workload.
You can manually add in your to-do list, assign it to a team member, category or project and set a deadline. You are then sent a notification straight to your inbox every few days to remind you when a task is nearly due or overdue.
You can also message members of your team via the software and assign tasks to other people whenever you need a helping hand!
Examples: Trello, SalesForce
Financial management:  QuickBooks accounting solutions
However, financial management is not only about keeping the accounts updated but also involves the timely generation of invoices. That’s where tools that provide on-the-go invoicing come handy. Invoice Simple, for example, is an excellent tool for such needs, allowing you to create, manage, and send invoices on the spot, enhancing your team’s productivity.
So there you have it, our tech recipe for startup success!
Finding the right programs to suit your setup can be a challenge, but with so many fantastic companies out there engineering innovative solutions to the problems a startup can face, through some trial and error you’re bound to find the perfect recipe of your own.