Over the past 10 years I’ve tried many of the SaaS offerings that enable small companies to manage their operations as if they are much larger companies. While many economists bemoan the loss of jobs due to productivity – for any small startup – the availability of SaaS tools which enable you to scale your startup without adding people is a huge positive.
I wanted to share the tools that I’ve found most useful in practice across my portfolio – I’ve tried to provide options – but often the cheapest tools are the best:
- Accounting : Quickbooks Online
- Benefits/Payroll : Gusto
- Expenses : Expensify
- Recruiting : Lever
- Equity Management/409A: eShares
- Basic Productivity : Google Apps
- AR/AP Automation : Bill.com (thanks to Dan Meyer for reminder)
Every small company has it’s own needs but it’s amazing how easy and quickly you can have the basics set up for very reasonable cost.
My biggest request to each of these vendors is always the same – use Google OAuth to simplify login (thank you Expensify and Lever). If you must have a directory service – then JumpCloud is the way to go imho.