100 tools to launch & grow your start-up without web developer, without graphic designer and (almost) without money

No equipment. No money. No help. Only you and your motivation / ambition / resilience.
  1. AnimationEvenement.com, UneSalleAParis.com, Traiteurs-Parisiens.com & 1001FoodTrucks.com ? Developed and launched without writing one line of code.
  2. The Young Economy : “Wahou, you created a company at 20? And lawyers? And accounting?”. My answer : GOOGLE.
Screenshot of one of my Google Chrome “favorites” folder

BEAUTY TOOLS (design, photos, videos…)

PROTOTYPING TOOLS

SHOWCASE WEBSITE / LANDING PAGE TOOLS

E-COMMERCE WEBSITE TOOLS

  • Easily import dropshipped products directly into your e-commerce store, from AliExpress or any other marketplace: Oberlo
  • Some cool suppliers to choose and customize your product’s packaging before shipping : Centurybox, Georgette Packaging, Pakible, Packitoo, Origami Studio, Raja Packhelp, PackHelp or Scie Emb
  • For those who do not want to worry about packing and delivery : Cubyn (EU) or Wing (US)
  • Need help to build your prototype ? Packaged, transparent, fairly priced offers: PACKMAN
  • Easily sell custom clothes and items: Printful, Pwinty & Panopli
  • Need a payment system? Don’t search. Stripe is THE ONE. Selz is an option.
  • Outsource your sales and
    your customer service with the best callcenters
    in France and in the world: CallOfSuccess.com
  • Royalty free music stock: UseMySound
  • A CMS that offers a beautiful user login & (one time or recurring) payments for modern web applications: Memberstack (also MemberSpace)
  • Don’t let shitty ads lower your conversions: GetAds
  • Find the best instagram & snapchat influencers for e-commerce and spy on your competitors’ product placements: Influspy
  • The best way to easily buy and manage domain names: Nuage
  • Accept payments really simply and quickly: Payfacile (Fr) or PaySimple (worldwide)
  • A subscription model (example : you’re building a Box business)? Chargebee, Ziqy or GoCardless
  • A modern logistic service: Bigblue
  • Write blog articles & web pages with the best AI copywriting tools on the market: Jarvis.ai
  • A great CMS to launch your paying online video training: Thinkific
  • Get inspired by seeing Facebook Ads from the top 30,000 Shopify stores: NiceAds
  • The best agency to manage your email marketing & SMS marketing campaigns as an e-merchant: RAGNAR Email
  • Use creative AI to generate ads that get results: pencil
  • A bank of creative social media ads: The Ad Creative Bank or Creatistes
  • Automated tax-compliance and billing for digital businesses: Octobat
  • Imagine your website has a search engine as efficient as Google’s one? Algolia (and they are French !!!)
  • A curation of the most beautiful commerce experiences on Shopify: Commerce Cream
  • Reassure your visitors with reviews: Avis Vérifiées (FR) and Trustpilot (worldwide)
  • manage and analyze your local delivery operations: Onfleet
  • Automate Ads banner production: Abyssale
  • Manage payment frauds: SELL Secure
  • A great online video training + a 100% Google-SEO optimized CMS (website creator) to build your SEO satellite website: SEO Secret
  • Estimate a price for web development: How Much Does A Website Cost

SOCIAL MEDIA TOOLS (content, reach, automation..)

  • Facebook Groups analytics and management: Grytics
  • Posting on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Linkedin & Google+ takes a lot of time, right? Buffer.com. EverGreenFeed, Jarvee, Quuu and Postify are alternatives.
  • BuzzSumo is THE tool if you want to analyze what content performs best for any topic or competitor. (You can also find key influencers to promote your content)
  • Display social media feeds, photo galleries and reviews on any website. Boost trust and sale more: EmbedSocial
  • Stream live to 30+ social platforms at once: Restream.io or Streamyard
  • You have a content strategy and need to drive more traffic to your website? Betashare.co or snip.ly
  • Don’t let shitty ads lower your conversions: GetAds
  • Manage multiple social accounts, schedules posts, create reportings, etc: Agorapulse
  • Always be on top of your topic/industry by following the Reddits forums of your favorite subject: redditlist.io
  • All-in-one, easy-to-use online video tools: Clideo
  • Find the best instagram & snapchat influencers for e-commerce and spy on your competitors’ product placements: Influspy
  • Need to share beautiful images with citations? Pablo by Buffer or Recite
  • Find the right hashtags and influencers: Stargazer, IQ tags and Follower Wonk.
  • Use creative AI to generate ads that get results: pencil
  • A bank of creative social media ads: The Ad Creative Bank or Creatistes
  • Automate posts and actions (like, follow…): IFTTT, Followr, Crowdfire and Pegasio
  • A modern & high-quality video bank: Artgrid
  • Automate Ads banner production: Abyssale
  • Stop wasting money with bad targeted Facebook Ads. Use their own bad-known tool: Facebook Ads Manager
  • Want to make a noticeable launch for your product/ communication campaign? Thunderclap is an hybrid concept, between crowdfunding and social ad.
  • Automated viral Instagram growth: InstaVast, Stim social, InstaGrowth Ninja or Instazood
  • Royalty free music stock: UseMySound
  • Create infographics, reports and maps in minute: Infogram
  • if you need to frictionless collect email addresses (in a Medium blog post for example): Upscribe

EMAILING TOOLS (best practices, find contacts…)

PROJECT MANAGEMENT TOOLS (communicate, brainstorm, organize…)

SALES TOOLS (search, organize, & close deals…)

MOBILE APP TOOLS (build, optimize, grow…)

LEGAL, ADMINISTRATIVE, FINANCIAL & OFFICE TOOLS

(for french people mostly)

ANALYTICS, CUSTOMER DATA & BEHAVIOR TOOLS

GROWTH TOOLS (automation, web scrapping…)

PRESS & MEDIA TOOLS

Hope you found your happiness!

As a conclusion, here are the 3 best tips I can give you, based on the mistakes I made by the past:

  1. Get started as quickly as possible, whether or not you have “the idea” or “the associates”. The idea will change along the way, and along the way you will probably meet the right people, I assure you. So the sooner you have met your potential customers, the faster you will fail, to succeed perhaps later.
  2. Set yourself very short-term goals. Do not make the mistake of “we will develop our prototype, hidden in our incubator for the next 6 months and then we will launch it”. Prefer “here is the landing page of our product presentation. If we managed to harvest 500 email addresses or to charge 10 customers within 1 week, we will continue for two more weeks’’. And so on.

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Maxime Blondel (aka Blondy)

Maxime Blondel (aka Blondy)

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CEO @ TheSecretCompany.co — The bootstrapped startups studio 🐙 In 3 years, we went from 0 to 20 million € ARR 📈