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Standalone Payroll Services for Startups

So you’ve opted out of the PEO model. You’re not alone--so have 60% of Stacklist users! This approach is common for many seed-stage startups who either don’t offer benefits yet, and therefore don’t need the services of a PEO, and also for larger startups who have outgrown the PEO scene and have brought the full spectrum of HR administration and payroll services in house. There are plenty of payroll administration tools that streamline the process, and we’ll break...

QuickBooks Online vs. QuickBooks Desktop: Which Is Right for You?

In short, [QuickBooks] is “the accounting standard that accountants expect,” says Kerry Gallivan, Co-founder and CEO of Chimani. Often hailed as the #1 accounting system for small businesses, [QuickBooks] has indeed become the go-to accounting platform for startups of all sizes. That’s certainly the case among the Stacklist community, but for all its ubiquity, the general sentiment among our respondents is that [QuickBooks] simply “gets the job done,” with no bel...

How Important Are Project Management Tools for your Startup?

What is a project management tool?It’s exactly as it sounds--software that can help your organization manage projects from start to finish, and that facilitates effective communication and collaboration between teams. The end game is always to find the best, most efficient way of getting things done. In addition to managing projects, PM tools can be a good way of increasing transparency into your development pipeline, simple to-do lists, and timelines and schedules.Are project managemen...

Which Recruiting Software Is Best for Your Startup?

Recruiting is an extremely important part of any company, and it’s critical for startups to make it a strategic priority. Especially with a lean team, each new hire should be viewed as an opportunity to add tangible value to the company, and wrong decisions can have a serious impact on your operations and your ability to achieve your goals. At the very early stages, it’s most likely that founders will take the lead on the hiring process, but as your team grows, this process become...

How to Foster a Fun Workplace Culture with Internal Communication Tools

The productivity-boosting benefits of internal communication software has been well-documented. But what if you’re looking not just for a tool that will improve workflow, but also one that helps you build a fun, cohesive work environment? This is an important part of any company, but especially those with remote employees. In order to maximize employee engagement, it’s crucial that all of your employees feel that they’re a part of the larger organization and not working alone in a silo. Inter...

The Stacklist Community Speaks: Stripe Is the Best Credit Card Processor for Startups

Of all the credit card processors, the Stacklist community agrees that [Stripe] is the current market-leading solution for startups. Recommended for all startups, [Stripe] has become almost ubiquitous in this space. Built specifically with developers in mind, [Stripe] offers a set of unified APIs to help business manage web and mobile payments. “A few years ago there were a bunch of processors that you would compare, but now [Stripe] is really the only one to consider,” says Brian...

Using Multiple Project Management Tools: What's the Secret to Success?

It’s not uncommon for startups to use multiple project management tools across their teams. In fact, we see some Stacklist members using two, three, even four types of project management apps to manage their workload and pipeline. Over 30% of the Stacklist community uses multiple project management tools, the majority of them (not surprisingly) Series A and beyond.Why do startups choose to use multiple project management tools?The most common reason is that certain softwares cater to sp...

What Is CRM?

CRM, or customer relationship management, refers to the strategies and technologies that companies use to manage and analyze customer interactions throughout the customer lifecycle. The goal of CRM is to drive sales, increase retention, provide better customer service, better understand your customer profile, and increase efficiency across your organization. CRM platforms compile information on customers from a wide variety of channels, including your company’s website, phone calls, liv...

Pros and Cons of Google Analytics

[Google Analytics] is by far the most-used business intelligence and analytics tool among the Stacklist community, with nearly 50% of our users putting the platform to work. [Google Analytics] certainly has a lot going for it, including the fact that it’s free! In fact, it ranks as our top free BI tool, though startups can upgrade to [Google Analytics]’ premium version, which has a much broader range of data points and segmenting capabilities, for a mere $150,000 per year (very fe...