From June 30 to July 2, the Viva Tech exhibition recognized innovation by bringing together large groups and start-ups. As it can be difficult to start your business all by yourself like the greats, The Collective thought about start-ups and came up with a list of applications that are essential to help you get your latest project off to a good start.
Before you can make your start-up project a reality, you need to know… how to sell it, of course. There are several ways to promote your ideas. Those who prefer to use video animation will use Powtoon, a piece of software that does all the work for you, while those who prefer to stick with a good old PowerPoint will add a touch of modernity by using Prezi. But the latest trend for getting your message across with originality is still the infographic. With Piktochart, visual impact and creativity are guaranteed.
When it comes to putting together a business plan, there is only one solution: the business model canvas, also known as the “Case Matrix”. It’s a nine-step method that fits on a single page and that you can set up using your tablet or smartphone. For this, Apple users will choose the Lean Canvas app, while Android fans will opt for the well-named Business Model Canvas Startup.
A combination of the first French shopping site and professional rental premises, BureauxLocaux.com has more than 20,000 offers and a geolocation tool to help you find the office of your dreams for your start-up. Those who prefer co-working spaces would be better off looking to the new app Neo-Nomade.
Administrative phobia is not for you! Fortunately for you, both the App Store and Google Play are teeming with invoice and quote management apps. The best of all? Sellsy. In addition to its “commercial document creation” function, this app stores your accounting records (with search facility), displays a catalogue of your products and tariffs, sends your invoices by email, and also has a CRM service to anticipate future opportunities for your business.
Once your project has been set up, social networks are still the best way to spread the news of this new start-up that’s ready to break new ground on the market. Whilst it’s almost essential to have official accounts on Facebook, Twitter, and even a YouTube channel, LinkedIn remains the best way to build your network and promote yourself online in just a few clicks.
As your inbox may soon be swamped with all kinds of spam, your best option is to take a different approach to effectively communicate with your employees. With its instant messaging and file sharing services, the Slack app gathers all of your start-up’s communication and activity on a single platform.
Inspired by the Kanban method and chosen by nearly 5 million users, Trello is a collaborative project management app. Extremely intuitive and concentrated on a single dashboard (which is accessible from your computer, tablet, or smartphone), Trello stands out from other management apps because of its simplicity. And, consequently, its efficiency.
Establishing a start-up also entails multiplying the number of documents, texts, and images that need to be backed up, and which must also be accessible on demand. Many solutions exist for this, including Orange Cloud. Depending on which offer you subscribe to, you can get up to 100 GB of private, secure, and confidential online storage space. The Orange Cloud app enables you to access your files from a smartphone, tablet, Orange.fr, or Orange TV at any time, even without an Internet connection, as well as to resume file transfers from where they left off and to share files via email, text message, or Facebook, etc.