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12 Essential Tools for Your Startup Business

Ellory Wells published on

Updated April 2, 2020. While much of the content remains mostly the same, most of the tool recommendations have changed. When I first wrote this, I'd just begun my online business journey. Now I've been in the world of online entrepreneurship for almost 7 years.

If you're like me, you didn't go to business school. You don't have a background in finance, and your parents weren't entrepreneurs.

Also, if you're like me, you're building a business one step at a time. You're figuring things out along the way, getting many things right, and other things, well... they're "learning" experiences.

However, unlike me, you may have never worked for a Fortune 50 company. Maybe you haven't managed revenue in the tens of millions but would love to know how it's done.


Ok, I lied. Sorta. I did go to business school, but only for a semester during my freshman year at Baylor. Although I didn't graduate with a degree in business, I did get an education in the real world. While on IBM and Dell's dime, I spent five years learning how to do business on a national scale.

During my years at those companies, I learned about profit and loss. I spent my time figuring out how to sell to current customers and acquire new ones. My "Corporate Education" taught me the basics of how to run the businesses I'm building now.

If you happened to study biology, or art, or creative writing in school, and if you haven't had the benefits of Corporate training, don't worry. This post will provide you with some of the essential business tools the Pros use to build the foundations for their businesses, connect with their customers, increase sales, and scale their startups.

Some of the resources will help you get started, others will make you more efficient, and others still will help you communicate with your ever-growing team (if you chose to have one).


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