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How to keep your startups costs under control

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In the early days of a startup every cent counts. Here is how to stretch the money while using reliable tools and services.

  1. Code Repository
  2. Email
  3. Password Management
  4. Landing Page Hosting
  5. Domain Registrat

Code Repository

tldr; 👉 Self-hosted Gitlab on Digital Ocean

Option 1: Self-hosted Gitlab

✔️ pros: great interface, CI/CD, revision control, project management

✖️ cons: it might cost more than normal Gitlab, depending on the hosting service

💵 The service itself - Free (There is an option to pay $229 per user - billed annually)

💵 HOSTING

Option 2: Gitlab

✔️ pros: great interface, CI/CD, revision control, project management

✖️ cons: more expensive than the self-hosted Gitlab after a certain number of users (rarely happens in early-stage startups)

💵 $4 per user per month for teams (see pricing details here)

Option 3: Github

✔️ pros: great interface, CI/CD, revision control, project management

✖️ cons: same as Gitlab

💵 $4 per user per month for teams (see pricing details here)


Email

tldr; 👉 Zoho Mail

Option 1: Gsuite

✔️ pros: great interface people are used to

✖️ cons: pricey

💵 The service itself - $6 (around €4.98) per user per month

Option 2: Zoho Mail

✔️ pros: great email interface; works well as email

✖️ cons: Zoho Docs are not as great to use as Google Docs; Calendarly invites do not get reflected in the calendar - to add manyally

💵 The service itself - €0.9 per user per month


Password Management

tldr; 👉 Last Pass

Option 1: Keeper Security

✔️ pros: rated very secure; easy to add new entries to

✖️ cons: the individual edition is affordable; it is pricey to have more than 1 user

💵 $45(or around €37,49) per user per year - see pricing here. My suggestion is to have 2 users - admin and normal which costs $90 a year

Option 2: Last Pass

✔️ pros: offline mode; now €3 cheaper than Keeper Security off the annual bundle

✖️ cons: I have not used it yet

💵 €34.8 per month per user with their newest pricing plan called MFA. My suggestion is to have 2 users - admin and normal which costs €69,6 a year


Landing Page Hosting

tldr; 👉 Github Pages with a Jekyll Template

Option 1: Google Cloud

✔️ pros: allows greater flexibility - any website can be hosted there

✖️ cons: complicated to install; needs a VM (virtual machine) on Compute Engine

💵 starting at $5 per month per landing page (for a simple & small Wordpress website)

Option 2: Github Pages

✔️ pros: custom domains; secure connection; can be set up in 1 day or so

✖️ cons: Jekyll templates only

💵 free


Domain Registrat

tldr; 👉 Namecheap

Option1: NameCheap

✔️ pros: intuitive interface

✖️ cons: I have not found any yet

💵 sells domains as cheap as $3.99 per year