In 2020, makers and entrepreneurs will be able to expand their projects and startups like never before. That’s because a variety of helpful tools and no-code resources are now available to enable small teams (or sometimes solo founders) to build products, manage businesses and grow marketing channels. Here are our top recommendations for products that can help you maximize your creativity, from no-code app builders to email CRMs.
- Building a website: Squarespace
Squarespace is the all-in-one solution for anyone looking to create a beautiful website. With Squarespace, you can easily design a gorgeous website, connect it with a variety of services and access helpful management tools. Think of Squarespace as your very own IT department, with free, unlimited hosting, top-of-the-line security, an enterprise-grade infrastructure, and around-the-clock support. Stars like Keanu Reeves and Joe Rogan back Squarespace, and it’s easy to see why.
- Building a native mobile app: Thunkable
Thunkable is the no-code platform that enables anyone to build their own native mobile apps for Android and iOS devices. A native mobile app is an app that uses your phone’s internal hardware, like GPS, camera or accelerometer. On Thunkable, you can design beautiful apps, program powerful functionality and upload your app to the App Store or Google Play Store. They also provide a variety of helpful tutorials on YouTube and excellent customer service for PRO users.
- Payroll and accounting: Gusto
Gusto is a company that provides cloud-based payroll, benefits, and human resource management software for businesses. It serves more than 100,000 businesses nationwide. Gusto also provides employee benefits—like health insurance and 401(k) accounts.
- Twitter management: Hootsuite
Hootsuite is a dashboard tool that allows you to manage, monitor and automate your social media channels. It comes with an entire suite of services that make it way easier to manage multiple social media accounts and platforms.
- Twitter growth: Tweepi
Tweepi is an awesome tool that you can use to radically increase your Twitter following. Tweepi allows you to create targeted lists of Twitter followers that you can follow. These lists can be customized with a variety of different categories, and are very helpful in identifying influencers and users with a high follow-back ratio.
- Email everything: MailChimp
MailChimp is the industry leader for email marketing. Their all-in-one tool allows you to create, send and track emails. They also have a variety of super helpful tools that range from recommending when to send emails to segmenting recipients by country, open time and open-rate.
- Building a web app: Bubble
Bubble is a code-free programming language that lets you build and host web applications without engineers. A web application, or web app, is a computer program that utilizes web browsers and web technology to perform tasks over the Internet.Total mastery of Bubble takes just a few days and users build their web apps by using a series of UI element blocks. Anything you build on Bubble is completely customizable and there are some preset templates to get people started.
If you’re looking to create YouTube tutorials, Loom is a terrific resource. It’s easy to download, and allows you to record your screen and voice at the same time. It also allows you to include a simultaneous video of the narrator. When you’re finished, videos can be easily shared by link or downloaded directly to your computer.
Adobe Spark is a super helpful tool for designing YouTube thumbnails, in addition to creating other images for social media. It’s intuitive, packed with beautiful templates and offers super flexible pricing.
- Bookkeeping: Pilot
Pilot essentially handles all of your bookkeeping needs. Pilot automatically integrates with the services your business already uses, and provides a dedicated account manager who provides monthly walkthroughs. Each month, you’ll receive a detailed report containing your profit and loss, balance sheet, and cash flow statement for the prior month.
It’s always important to support your friends, especially if they are other makers and entrepreneurs! If you’re just starting a company or building a product, working with another maker/founder can provide rapid feedback and help determine your product roadmap. If something goes wrong, it’s also helpful to have direct access to customer support.