If you got into 2022 with a serious intention of starting a business or startup you should be on it already by now. The first quarter of the year is far spent so no more time to waste. Probably you will commence starting your enterprise later on in the year. Regardless of the time you started, are starting, or will start, you need digital tools. There is a long list of free or freemium digital tools essential to starting a business or startup. You are going to learn about some of them today.

Startup School

In case you did not know, the best startup accelerator globally is Y Combinator. If you want to learn from the best in startup development then Y Combinator is your plug. Startup School is a free online program and global community of founders, like you. To get started you can go to the website and get signed up. There is a wealth of insightful video content on various topics depending on the stage you are at e.g. aspiring, starting, scaling, pivoting, and so on. Examples of such content are topics like how to get startup ideas, how to talk to users, how to pitch your startup, how to plan a minimum viable product (MVP), how to launch, and many more.

Nira

Nira is an online platform where you find over 856 free resources and templates necessary for your business or startup needs. There are virtually all possible categories of resources and templates you will ever need. Some of those categories are product management, marketing, design, planning, strategy, SEO, sales, content marketing, social media, meetings, branding, and lots more. This is a gold mine and you will thank me later once you go through it all. You can check out the platform here.

Founder Resources

This is almost like Nira in a way. You will find on Founder Resources, over 500 different types of curated content and templates as well. These are resources that you will find handy in starting your business or startup. Categories to choose from are bootstrapping, fundraising, marketing, remote work, sales, tech, strategy, product, HR and hiring, finance, education, design, and co-founders. The resources are also categorized into books, tools, podcasts, videos, or articles, amongst others. You can explore the platform by going to the website.

Remote Tools Handbook

Remote working has become such a topical area in the world. Especially ever since the pandemic hit, remote working has been largely inevitable in many scenarios. When getting into business or entrepreneurship nowadays you must position yourself rightly remote work-wise. Chances are even high that you will mostly be running your enterprise online or at the very least you will adopt a hybrid approach. Remote Tools is the perfect platform for you to get all the necessary guidance. You get to enjoy the opportunity of joining a network of over 4300 remote workers and recruiters. The platform seeks to address how you can manage distributed teams, mental health, building a company culture, and more in a remote working environment. Check out the website here.

Canva

I do not think you can be serious about starting a business or startup and not know about Canva. If you did not know about Canva then thankfully you came across this article. With Canva you can create all sorts of content and materials for your business or startup. Canva has over 400 000 templates that you can customize to your needs. Though some are premium meaning you have to pay for them, many of them are free. It is instrumental in your content creation and branding as an enterprise.

You can create image and video content for your social media e.g. flyers, posters, thumbnails, banners, and so on. Branding materials such as business cards, brochures, and letterheads, amongst others, can be created with Canva. There is so much more than I just mentioned. Canva is accessible on all platforms namely, Windows, MAC, Android, and iOS. You can check out the website for starters and choose your platform of choice.

These 5 digital tools or platforms are useful in your journey of starting a business or startup. You must appreciate that most people these days pay for things they do not need to even pay for. With the aid of such digital tools or platforms, you can eliminate lots of unnecessary overhead costs. You can do a lot by yourself.