Starting Your Fashion Business


Business Taxes & Licenses

  • IRS: Find out tax structure for your business
  • SS-4 form: you will need this for EIN number if you don’t have SSN.
  • SBA: Apply for Business Licenses
  • USPTO: information on trademarks

Legal

Domain Name Registration

  • HostGator: powerful web hosting
  • GoDaddy: web hosting & domain name registration
  • enom: register domain name for cheap
  • BlueHost: web hosting starting at $3.95/month
  • DigitalOcean: host your website, tool developers love

Set up E-commerce store

  • Shopify: E-commerce platform for your fashion business
  • Wix: Create stunning website
  • BigCommerce: build your e-commerce store
  • Weebly: website & e-commerce in one place
  • SquareSpace: create beautiful websites
  • WordPress: easiest website builder
  • GumRoad: all in one solution to sell digital products.

Find a Co-founder


Marketing & Sales Tools


 Email Marketing & Blasting Tools

Market Research Tools

  • Google Trends: it gives you insights on whats trending
  • AYTM: Online Market Research solution
  • Proved.co: Professional, fast, affordable market validations for companies
  • Statista: immediate access to 1 Million + statistics & facts
  • GutCheck: consumer feedback you need to make confident decisions
  • CrunchBase: search companies, investors & people to grow your business

Royalty Free Images

Color Palettes for Branding

Spy on what Tools Competitor uses:

  • BuiltWith: Find what websites are built with.
  • WhatRuns: Chrome extension helps you identify technologies used on a website.

Spy on Competitor Ads:

  • Adespresso: Facebook ads gallery
  • Moat: spy on creative and digital ads
  • Swiped.co: place for copywriters & marketing minds to dissect Ads

 

Analytics Tools:

  • Google Analytics: free tool & discover where traffic is coming from
  • HotJar: Record videos of what users are doing on your site.
  • MixPanel: Pinpoint where and why you are losing customers.

Run Surveys

Create Product Demo Videos:

  • Moovly: tell product story with video
  • Render Forest: online video and animation maker in the cloud.
  • Web Fix: create interactive web guides
  • Grumo Video: animator explainer video tool
  • Wistia: video hosting for businesses
  • Animoto: stand out on social media with great video

Customer Support

  • UserVoice: Prioritize product roadmap with target customers in mind
  • Front: Manage all customer conversations at one spot
  • ZenDesk: Cloud-based customer management software
  • Smooch: Platform to build next-generation conversational experience


Social Media Marketing Tools


Create Cool Looking Social Posts

  • Canva: free tool to create amazing social media posts
  • Easal: iPhone app that lets you create awesome quotes

Post on Social Media

  • Buffer: simpler and easier way to schedule posts, track the performance of your content
  • Hootsuite: manage all your social media in one spot
  • Twibble: social media posting automation tool
  • Meet Edgar: it re-uses your best content to bring more views
  • Sprout Social: social media sharing tool for SMB, agency with great analytics


Funding Tools


Angel Investors

  • The Funded:  entrepreneurs to research, rate, and review VC sources.
  • F65: where founders grow together
  • ACA: Angel Capital Association
  • Nashville Capital: 100+ investors, $60 Million invested
  • NACO: National Angel Capital Association
  • New York Angels: helping young companies realize their potential
  • Alliance of Angels:  We are a group of 140+ active angel investors.
  • Blue Tree Allied Angels: Western Pennsylvania’s leading angel  network
  • The Angels Forum:  it deployed >$75M to help hundreds of entrepreneurs grow healthy, thriving businesses.
  • Keiretsu Forum: global investment community of accredited private equity angel investors.
  • Maine Angels: they have invested over $19 MIllion since 2003.
  • Sand Hill Angels: Smart money for great startups
  • Silicom Ventures: a platform for investing in emerging technologies and producing large-scale, global conferences.
  • Angel List: most popular collection of angel investors

Crowdfunding

 

 


Finance Tools


Accounting software

Payment Processing

  • Brain Tree: powering more than just payments
  • ChargeBee: smart subscription billing
  • PayMill: Easy and secure payment provider
  • Payable: contractor payment processing tool
  • Recurly: great for subscription billing
  • Zuora: subscription economy billing tool
  • Stripe: Stripe is the best software platform for running an internet business.
  • Pay Simple: a better way to accept payments, marketing services.
  • Square: payment processing for small business
  • Chargify: recurring billing software
  • Pay Pal: get paid anywhere