We love SaaS (or “software as a service”) here at Bplans—after all, we make LivePlan, which just so happens to be a SaaS product!
We also love SaaS businesses, subscription businesses, and the subscription business model in general. So, we’ve made an effort to create resources to help you learn more about what running a SaaS or subscription business actually entails, and give you the tools to start and run one successfully.
Here, you’ll find all of our best SaaS and subscription business resources, starting with a detailed definition of a SaaS business (so if you’re still unsure what it actually means, don’t worry—we’ve got you covered), all the way through how to grow your SaaS or subscription business, and inspiration from some truly bizarre subscription products out there.
1. Software as a Service (or SaaS) 101
Let’s start at the beginning: If you’re unsure of what running a SaaS business entails, this is the article for you. You’ll learn what a SaaS business is, and the inherent benefits and risks involved in running one.
2. The Pros and Cons of Running a Subscription Service
A subscription service can be a fantastic way to bring in recurring revenue, but it doesn’t come without downsides. If you’re considering starting a SaaS or subscription service, make sure you consider both the pros and cons of this business model.
3. How to Plan, Start, and Grow a Successful SaaS Company
If you’re interested in learning more about what it takes to start your own SaaS business, this in-depth guide is for you.
Here, we illustrate the steps you need to take to actually launch your new software, from ideation and development all the way through tracking key metrics once you’ve started up successfully.
4. The 5 Metrics You Need to Track for Your Subscription (SaaS) Business to Succeed
Speaking of metrics, here are the essential metrics that you’ll need to track, if you decide a SaaS or subscription business is right for you. This article walks you through what these metrics mean, and how to track them.
5. A Complete Guide to Forecasting Sales for Your Monthly Subscription (SaaS) Business
Diving even deeper into tracking within your SaaS business, this article offers a detailed look at forecasting sales for both SaaS and subscription businesses. You’ll also get examples with actual numbers, to help make the potentially intimidating task of forecasting easier to understand.
If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to also download our free Subscription Sales Forecast Template.
6. Boost Your SaaS Business Revenue With These 12 Strategies
We’ve evaluated all the best methods SaaS businesses can use to grow, and picked the most effective. These strategies are time-tested and proven to be successful, and—if implemented properly—are sure to help your business continue to grow.
7. 16 Resources to Help Grow Your SaaS Startup
It’s important to look to the experts and keep up on your industry, no matter what field you find yourself in. Luckily, the SaaS industry is bursting with thought leaders who love sharing their advice. This list of excellent blogs, podcasts, and networks will help you learn and continue to grow your business.
8. Money-Making Subscription Services (That You Can Start Too!)
If you’re interested in starting a SaaS or subscription business but aren’t sure what kind you’d like to start, this list is for you. We’ve broken it down into categories and highlighted some successful and innovative subscription services in each.
9. Profoundly Strange Subscription Businesses
Subscription businesses come in all shapes and sizes, from software and beauty boxes to subscription dog washing. These creative subscription services are sure to inspire you!
10. 7 Strange Yet Innovative Online Subscription Services
Monthly bacon delivery? Yes, it exists as a subscription service—proving that the only limit to subscription services is your imagination (and, of course, a viable market share).
11. How to Start a Wildly Successful Subscription Food Business From Your Kitchen: The Story of Picky Bars
Do you enjoy reading success stories from those who’ve gone before you? Check out our interview with the founders of Picky Bars, a unique energy bar created as a response to a specific need.
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