12 Must-Have Tools to Get Your Start-Up Set Up in a Day

Thunkable is the ideal drag and drop app builder for your new business venture. But we also recommend these other tools we love (and even use ourselves)!
Written by
Ariel Gonzalez
Published on
September 6, 2023

Launching a new business? Congratulations! 🎉

Building a startup is an exhilarating journey fueled by passion and innovation. We’ve listed a treasure trove of 12 must-have tools tailored explicitly for startup founders to assist in your new venture. Whether you’re a first-time entrepreneur or a seasoned business builder, these tools will become your trusty companions, helping you establish a strong business infrastructure.

Setting Up the Digital Side of Your Business

The most crucial step begins with bringing your digital storefront to your clients and customers. These tools will help you do that without any coding at all.

1. Webflow

Without hiring a developer, you can set up a website in just a few hours using Webflow’s visual canvas and select from various templates or guides to showcase your company or product. Quickly build a website, optimize for growth, and scale your business with their tools.


2. Stripe

Stripe allows you to manage your marketplace and accept client payments. Stripe is easy to implement and integrates well with many tools, such as Thunkable and Webflow.


  • Standard: Starting at 2.9% + 30¢ per successful card charge, Stripe also provides additional add-ons to meet your business needs.
  • Custom: If your business has a large volume of transactions or unique needs, Stripe’s team will work with you to develop a plan.

3. Xano

Need a backend to power your business? (If you aren’t sure what type of backend you need, check out our blog on determining the best backend service for your needs). 

Xano has you covered with a scalable, secure, and compliant backend database. The last thing you should worry about is not securing client and customer information. Xano is easy to use and integrates into many other no code tools.


  • Starter: You can start with one workspace and up to 10,000 records for free.
  • Enterprise: Xano will walk larger teams through the best plan for your business goals.

4. Termly

Don’t have time to draft a Privacy Policy or Terms and Conditions? No worries, Termly’s generators are the perfect compliance solution for small businesses. Don’t get bogged down in legal jargon when Termly can take this out of your hands. Simply search their library to determine the best term conditions for your location and business needs.


  • Free: Get one legal policy and quarterly cookie scans.
  • Pro+: For $15 per website per month, you can generate unlimited policies and gain multi-language support.

Gaining More Reach for Your Business

Meeting your customers where they spend most of their time will help your business attract audiences. Ensure your company or product gets the most love from your customers by providing a mobile app option.

5. Thunkable

Have you considered extending your business to a mobile app? We have great news! There’s a platform that can help you achieve a professional-grade app without any coding knowledge needed. 

No code mobile app development platform Thunkable makes the development of a mobile app seamless and fast. Simply drag and drop blocks to build a mobile app that matches your brand that will be loved by your customers.


  • Free: Create an app for free and build an app without code using Thunkable.
  • Custom: For advanced support and custom capabilities, the Thunakble team will work with you to develop a scope of work to bring your idea to fruition.

Streamlining Business Operations

Optimize internal processes and enhance efficiency.

6. Gusto

Don’t have a human resources team yet? No problem. Gusto handles payroll, HR, and business operations in one platform. Their service helps you every step of the way in setting up your business to ensure your employees are paid on time, even if you have a team of one!


7. 1Password

Security! We can’t get enough of it, which is why we love this tool. 1Password securely stores all your personal and business passwords with encryption. Protecting the passwords to your private accounts is a must whether you have a small or large team.


  • Business: For $7.99 a month, this tier is built for business and provides reporting as well as admin controls.
  • Teams Starter Pack: Protecting up to ten team members, this tier starts at $19.95 a month.

8. Fireflies

Are you working with customers or clients? Fireflies is an excellent transcribing tool for recording essential calls or meetings. Review any calls to analyze conversations, or let it be your little note-taker to summarize your meeting.


  • Starter: For free, you gain access to 800 minutes of storage.
  • Business: Get unlimited storage and video screen capture for a fast-growing business at $19 per seat a month.

Building Processes

Building the foundation of a business is critical, but ensuring the machine of process and operations continues to help your business grow is the secret sauce to any company's growth.

9. Asana

Managing tasks, projects, and campaigns can feel overwhelming without a proper tool to keep projects on track. Asana is an excellent tool for small to large projects with different stakeholders. It provides multiple teams excellent visibility into how projects progress and is especially useful for recurring tasks. 


  • Basic: You can get your business started with project management for free.
  • Business: At the business level, your team can access premium features at $24.99 per user a month.

Content Creation

Content is king, and as an entrepreneur, you need a fast and quick way to create content to engage with your clients and customers.

10. ChatGPT

You’ve definitely heard of the latest AI tool that took the world by storm. ChatGPT allows you to generate anything from blogs to social media copy. Level up your ChatGPT usage skills with several prompts, allowing it to help uncover your business message, client questions, and audience needs.

11. Canva

Design graphics for all aspects of your business, from social media to printed brochures. Canva has many templates, design arrangements, and images to select from so you can create engaging presentations or fun social media posts within minutes.


  • Canva Free: Get free access to designs and templates no matter how many teammates you have.
  • Canva for Teams: Premium features for freelancers and businesses. Gain access to premium content for $300 a year.

12. Envato

Need extra design resources? Envato provides a wide range of stock photos and design templates for any medium.


  • Individual plan: Gain access to millions of creative assets and unlimited downloads starting at $16.50/mo.
  • Teams: For $10.75 a month per member, you can provide access for your whole team.

Build Your Business with The Best Tools

We hope you found this list of tools helpful to get you started on your business venture.

At Thunkable, we pride ourselves on providing innovative solutions for Creators to build their business with a cutting-edge mobile platform. Start building your no code mobile app today!

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Written by
Ariel Gonzalez

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