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MUST Learn Tools for Starting Up!

Hi, I’m Robin – Sales and Development Lead at Golden Equator Learning, and an ex-founder of a carpentry design studio, Designed.

Starting out, I faced many challenges, from brainstorming ideas to managing projects. It wasn’t easy, and I didn’t have the luxury of the fantastic tools available today.

I don’t want you to go through what I did, which is why I’m sharing with you some of my favourite tools which can help make your startup journey more painless. These tools are designed to streamline your processes, enhance collaboration, and bring your ideas to life efficiently.

Here are some helpful tools that you can consider:

Brainstorming Tools: Miro

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Who is it for?

Miro is perfect for teams who need a versatile digital workspace to brainstorm, plan, and collaborate visually. Whether you’re a designer, project manager, or entrepreneur, Miro offers a platform where ideas can flourish.

How it helps

Organising brainstorming sessions was always a mess for me during my startup days. Sticky notes were everywhere, and ideas often got lost. Miro transforms this chaos into a structured, interactive experience. With a virtual whiteboard, everyone can contribute in real-time, creating mind maps, flowcharts, and more, making Miro a limitless canvas for your creativity.

How much?

  • Free Plan: Basic features with limited boards and collaborators.
  • Starter Plan: $8 USD per monthly user, offering unlimited boards and high quality resolution exports.

Digital Prototyping Resources: Visily

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Who is it for?

Visily is ideal for startups that need to create quick, high-fidelity digital prototypes without extensive design experience. It’s especially useful for product managers, UX/UI designers, and developers who need to visualise their ideas fast.

How it helps

Back when I started, digital prototyping was a painstaking process. We had 2 choices — to spend countless hours learning how to code, or hire a someone who knew how (which most startups could not afford). 

Visily changes that. Its intuitive interface allows you to drag and drop elements, creating detailed prototypes quickly and easily. This speeds up the development process and lets you gather early feedback to refine your product.

How much?

  • Visily is completely free, forever.

Project Management and Communication: Lark

Image Credit: Lark

Who is it for?

Lark is a comprehensive tool for startups looking to enhance their project management and communication. It’s perfect for teams that need a unified platform for messaging, document collaboration, and task management.

How it helps

Managing projects and communication was a major pain point for us. We juggled multiple tools, and agreed on details often fell through the cracks. Lark integrates everything into one suite —messaging, video calls, task management, and cloud storage. This keeps everyone on the same page, making collaboration seamless and ensuring no detail is overlooked.

How much?

  • Free Plan: Basic tier with unlimited chats and 100GB of storage.
  • Pro Plan: $12 USD per monthly user, allowing up to 500 meeting participants and offering 1TB of storage.

SolidWorks: 3D Modelling

Photo by Syed Sajjad Ali (LinkedIn)

Who is it for?

SolidWorks is essential for startups involved in engineering, product design, and manufacturing. It’s designed for engineers and designers who need powerful 3D CAD capabilities to create detailed models.

How it helps

Creating 3D models used to be a daunting task for us at Designed. SolidWorks simplifies this with robust 3D modelling tools. You can design, simulate, and validate your products before manufacturing, saving time and reducing errors. 

Plus, as a member of Golden Equator Learning (GEL), you get free access to SolidWorks software for one year, making it an invaluable resource without the hefty price tag.

How much?

  • Standard Plan: SolidWorks term licenses start at $2,820 USD per year, which includes subscription services and full technical support.
  • Golden Equator Learning Member: FREE access for one year.

Building Your Toolkit For Success

Starting a business is challenging, but with the right tools, it becomes a lot more manageable. Miro, Visily, Lark, and SolidWorks have revolutionised how startups operate, turning daunting tasks into achievable milestones. These tools not only streamline your workflow but also enhance collaboration and innovation. 

Don’t make the same mistakes I did — equip yourself with these must-learn tools and set your startup on the path to success.

Need help translating your ideas into reality? From one entrepreneur to another, we understand the pain of getting started. Schedule a call with us, and let us tailor our entrepreneurship programmes to suit your needs.

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