Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) business tools
What is SaaS?
The acronym “SaaS” stands for “Software as a Service”, and can be used to name any cloud-based service providing access to software application for consumers on the web. SaaS applications can have a variety of purposes for both private individuals and organizations. Famous SaaS applications are Google Search, Facebook, LinkedIn, Dropbox, Prezi or Twitter.
The main difference with traditional software is the fact that SaaS applications are rented (for free or for a price) instead of being purchased once and then installed on a computer or device. This is why SaaS is a subscription based model, with a license agreement including a certain number of limitations and restrictions.
The company making the SaaS application then has total freedom to improve, adapt and roll-out new versions of the application to its global user base as a whole. The product is therefore never obsolete, and constantly updated. Developed features are then the result of the interpretation of individual and collective customer feedback.
More on SaaS on Interoute’s website here
What are the advantages of the SaaS Financial Model?
Generally speaking, as a client the main advantages of choosing a SaaS subscription financial model versus purchasing or building the software are:
- - Low or even inexistent hardware costs
- - No set-up costs
- - Pay according to usage
- - Scalable Usage
- - Automatic Version Updates
- - Compatibility across devices and systems
- - Access from anywhere at anytime
- - White-labeling and customization options
For companies looking to launch a product on market, the main advantages of licensing a service through a SaaS financial model are:
- - Recurring monthly/annual revenues
- - Lower revenue dependency on key clients
- - Scalability of the market on the internet and ability to automate the customer's discovery, onboarding and sales process
- - Active customer feedback, software usage data collection and analysis potential
- A/B product testing and immediate feature roll-out
More on advantages of SaaS by IBM - Top Five of Going For SaaS
More on SaaS ->an in depth look into SaaS explained by Microsoft
What are the SaaS financial models and SaaS dashboards needed to launch and manage a SaaS Business?
The SaaS financial model is now by far the most popular and widespread business model for startups on the internet. Hence, as the industry matures, an increasing number of methodologies, SaaS Financial Models, SaaS Dashboards and tools are produced, shared and cross-used by SaaS company founders, entrepreneurs and employees. This is true for many disciplines should this be for finance, marketing, strategy or communication.
You will find below a large collection of SaaS financial models, SaaS dashboards in Excel and methodologies for SaaS professionals to download, use and learn from. These SaaS financial models and dashboards are made and shared by renowned professionals and experts in the industry (VCs, entrepreneurs, founders, experts, academics etc.)
- A simple 12-month SaaS financial model customisable to your startup precise conditions and needs.626 remove_red_eye87
SaaS Metrics DashboardA simple KPI sheet for early-stage SaaS startups with a low-touch sales model.1,010 remove_red_eye146
SaaS Revenue Forecasting ModelFull-packed revenue forecasting model to help SaaS founders take better decisions with key indicators.279 remove_red_eye29freeby Noah Barr
Sample Financial ModelTemplate for determining cost realities and financial projections for potential investors' demands.1,892 remove_red_eye236
SaaS Metrics Excel TemplateA standard SaaS reporting excel template for entrepreneurs to customize.733 remove_red_eye119freeby Amit Karp
movieSaaS Bookings Analysis - Pt 2 SegmentationThis model converts gross bookings data into net bookings.173 remove_red_eye22freeby Adam Jernigan
Maximum Company Size in SaaSCalculate the potential maximum size of your SaaS business based on churn, ARR/MRR, and customer acquisition rate.71 remove_red_eye11freeby Ben Murray
SaaS Metrics 2.0 DashboardA dashboard to help founders manage their SaaS business1,201 remove_red_eye174
SaaS Financial PlanA financial plan template for SaaS startups based on a model created for Zendesk1,278 remove_red_eye188
SaaS Cohort Analysis ModelA simple cohort analysis spreadsheet to understand how you are doing on your KPIs (Churn, Customer Lifetime etc.)290 remove_red_eye42
SaaS Model & KPIsA simple model to define and track your key metrics as a SaaS Startup640 remove_red_eye96freeby Ryan Carson
SaaS Financial Model: Simple Template For Early-Stage StartupsSimple financial planning tool tailored for early-stage SaaS entrepeneurs.1,518 remove_red_eye230freeby Gary Gaspar
Early Stage SaaS Financial ModelGet up to speed on a SaaS Financial Model with a template and its step by step instructions1,048 remove_red_eye162
Guide: Analyze a company's SaaS metricsFundraise like an expert with this Internal SaaS Metrics Playbook.168 remove_red_eye24freeby Ali Rahimtula
Simple SaaS cash flow analysisIllustrates the SaaS P&L/Cash Flow trough highlighting the importance of growth management for better profits.216 remove_red_eye34
The Economics of SaaS - Gearing up a SaaS salesforceUsing a salesforce for CEOs, VP’s of Sales to understand the economics of a SaaS business.227 remove_red_eye35
The Complete Guide to SaaS MetricsFind out what are the must-have metrics each SaaS company should track + how to calculate them205 remove_red_eye37freeby Alex Flom
Simplified Monthly vs Annual Pricing Effects on Cash FlowWhat is better for you in your SaaS Business, monthly or annual payment options?236 remove_red_eye35
SaaS Model - Net Present Value for Simple Web BusinessA simple NPV model for you to evaluate the likelihood of success for your business187 remove_red_eye35freeby David Worrell
Saas Revenue ModelThis saas revenue model spreadsheet provides a quick and easy method to estimate revenue generated by a saas subscription94 remove_red_eye19
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