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.)
- Simple financial planning tool tailored for early-stage SaaS entrepeneurs.1,155 remove_red_eyefreeby Gary Gaspar
SaaS Metrics Excel TemplateA standard SaaS reporting excel template for entrepreneurs to customize.465 remove_red_eyefreeby Amit Karp
SaaS Metrics DashboardA simple KPI sheet for early-stage SaaS startups with a low-touch sales model.750 remove_red_eye
Sample Financial ModelTemplate for determining cost realities and financial projections for potential investors' demands.1,232 remove_red_eye
SaaS Model & KPIsA simple model to define and track your key metrics as a SaaS Startup470 remove_red_eyefreeby Ryan Carson
SaaS Metrics 2.0 DashboardA dashboard to help founders manage their SaaS business959 remove_red_eye
movieSaaS Bookings Analysis - Pt 2 SegmentationThis model converts gross bookings data into net bookings.111 remove_red_eyefreeby Adam Jernigan
SaaS Financial PlanA financial plan template for SaaS startups based on a model created for Zendesk990 remove_red_eye
SaaS Financial ModelA simple 12-month SaaS financial model customisable to your startup precise conditions and needs.386 remove_red_eye
Early Stage SaaS Financial ModelGet up to speed on a SaaS Financial Model with a template and its step by step instructions909 remove_red_eye
Guide: Analyze a company's SaaS metricsFundraise like an expert with this Internal SaaS Metrics Playbook.141 remove_red_eyefreeby Ali Rahimtula
SaaS Cohort Analysis ModelA simple cohort analysis spreadsheet to understand how you are doing on your KPIs (Churn, Customer Lifetime etc.)218 remove_red_eye
Simple SaaS cash flow analysisIllustrates the SaaS P&L/Cash Flow trough highlighting the importance of growth management for better profits.180 remove_red_eye
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.175 remove_red_eye
SaaS Revenue Forecasting ModelFull-packed revenue forecasting model to help SaaS founders take better decisions with key indicators.162 remove_red_eyefreeby Noah Barr
The Complete Guide to SaaS MetricsFind out what are the must-have metrics each SaaS company should track + how to calculate them163 remove_red_eyefreeby Alex Flom
Simplified Monthly vs Annual Pricing Effects on Cash FlowWhat is better for you in your SaaS Business, monthly or annual payment options?186 remove_red_eye
SaaS Model - Net Present Value for Simple Web BusinessA simple NPV model for you to evaluate the likelihood of success for your business146 remove_red_eyefreeby David Worrell
Saas Revenue ModelThis saas revenue model spreadsheet provides a quick and easy method to estimate revenue generated by a saas subscription85 remove_red_eye
How to build an investor grade financial model for your SaaS startupMaking a financial model for your startup can seem intimidating — but it can actually be fun327 remove_red_eye
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