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The best apps, services, and documents all first-time founders need to start a business

  • Entrepreneurs, business owners, and side-hustlers come from all kinds of backgrounds, but many first-time founders don’t start with a formal business education.
  • Launching a new business can be a surprisingly challenging process, with an overwhelming range of possibilities and decisions.
  • To help you get started, Business Insider rounded up this selection of guides and resources we’re calling the entrepreneur’s tool kit.
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Software and apps to power your business

Starting with spreadsheets: The ultimate Excel guide to go beyond bookkeeping and save money on software costs

Managing projects and people: 5 low-cost apps that entrepreneurs and freelancers can use to juggle projects and boost productivity

Upping your influence: The top 10 Instagram apps all entrepreneurs should use in 2020 to boost their following and get a boatload of new customers

Designing a unified brand: The top 16 ways all entrepreneurs should be using the hot self-marketing app Canva in 2020 to distinguish their brand and win more customers

Marketing your idea: 5 apps entrepreneurs can use right now to create stunning pitch decks and marketing materials that will reel in funding and new customers

Platforms and services to supercharge your sales

Becoming a Posher: The ultimate guide to starting a side hustle on hot resale app Poshmark

Scaling from side hustle to six figures: How entrepreneurs use apps like Poshmark to turn side hustles selling clothes into full-time businesses

Accessing the funds to grow: Here’s how to skip the bank and secure a loan through services like PayPal, Square, and Stripe.

Borrowing what you need, when you need it: How entrepreneurs who are freaking out over their cash flow can use Kabbage’s working capital solutions

Templates and guides to plan and execute your strategy

Quitting your day job: Here’s the exact format you should follow when writing a resignation letter so you don’t burn any bridges

Finding your business‘ north star: Here’s a step-by-step guide to writing a winning strategy that will boost your startup’s chance at success.

Connecting with customers: 6 email templates small business owners can use to bring in customers and drive sales

Generating buzz: The exact email templates 2 founders used to drive major press coverage and significantly increase sales

Crafting a winning pitch: How to build a pitch deck that will wow investors in 2020, featuring a slide-by-slide breakdown of the decks a founder used to raise $448 million

Negotiating an investment deal: The first-time founder’s ultimate guide to navigating a term sheet and avoiding common pitfalls in 2020 – with a sample term sheet from a major VC

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