Tools for side business

If I open my own business, what tools I should look at for admin and management tasks?

Inspired by the cost breakdown from Buttondown

Consolidated financial reporting


  • Wave
    • currently available only for US and Canada
    • Pricing is amazing. Free for unlimited use, fee for payments processing only
  • FrappeBooks
    • Free and Open Source
    • desktop accounting software for freelancers and small businesses


  • ERPNext
    • open source ERP
    • Pricing is at USD 10/month for Managed Hosting. Free for Open Source version

Animation software to make whiteboard videos/presentation for marketing/educational purpose

HR hire employees for content marketing

Internal process


  • Pricing starts at EUR 10 / month. Free plan.


  • Pricing starts at USD 25 / month. Free Starter plan.



  • Pricing starts at USD 5 / month. Free Basic plan. Free for Self-hosted
  • Hacker News discussion


jet admin

  • different pricing plan for internal tool or customer portal use case, starting from USD 30/month with basic Free tier and 14-day free trials


  • open source web framework, written in Python and Javascript, which powers ERPNext


  • Founded: 2015
  • build web apps with Python
  • Pricing starts at USD 15/month


  • Pricing starts at USD 10/month. Unlimited free to use with up to 5 users


  • open-source (Apache-2.0) low-code framework that lets you build web apps with YAML or JSON configuration files. It is great for building admin panels, BI dashboards, workflows, and CRUD apps
  • Lowdefy apps are self-hosted

Team email app

Corporate bank and cards