The Ultimate Back-Office Guide to How to Launch a Startup
SignalFire's tools and tips for getting your startup set up as you scale from 0 to 50 employees.
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Elaine Zelby
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Spencer Ackermann

Congratulations! You've made the leap and are starting a company! Have you thought about different types of incorporation (like C corp vs S corp)? Do you know anything about accounting for startups?

Before you know it you'll have accounts payable, payroll, and benefits to deal with, government authorities to appease with reports and tracking, and shares to issue. As you scale rapidly, you'll need to think about hiring a bookkeeper, resource management, and HR functions.

Building the back-office stack is hardly the most invigorating part of building a company, but honestly, you're not going to survive without a solid foundation.

In each section of the sections below, we offer tips and best practices from experts to help save you time and help you get back to building a lasting company. Tap on each for a walkthrough of how to get set up.

After you've completed each category, mark it off at the top of each section to keep track of your stack:

Our Picks For Zero to One

At
, we've worked with 100s of startups and keep our finger on the pulse of best in breed tools (plus what works best together) for getting your startup off the ground. This guide is meant to help you quickly and painlessly get your back-office set up and get you back to building your company.

If you're just getting started, here is a quick-start guide that we'd recommend as the initial back-office stack for ~90% of startups:
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Stripe Atlas
Incorporation
Incorporate with Stripe Atlas for ~$500 and in about a week
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2
First Republic Bank
Banking
Use FRB as your business banking partner
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3
Carta
Equity Management
Set up a cap table with Carta
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4
Brex
Credit Card
Leverage Brex for corporate credit cards
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5
QuickBooks
Accounting
Use Quickbooks for all of your accounting needs
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6
Pilot
Bookkeeping
Use Pilot as your outsourced bookkeeper
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7
Gusto
Benefits
HR Compliance
Payroll/HRIS
Get Gusto to manage payroll, benefits, and HR
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