Ok, this is a complicated question. I think step one is to figure out what type of platform you're looking for.
Here's how I'd categorize your options:
These are open-source CMS products, and you'll need to manage everything from domains to the codebase, to hosting. With the more established products like Wordpress.org, this doesn't require a ton of technical knowledge as long as you're patient and willing to read documentation when you get stuck.
The biggest advantages of these are 1) that they are endlessly customizable and 2) that you manage everything, so your site will have zero existential dependency on outside organizations (e.g., if your hosting platform goes away, you can just switch).
Products in this category: Wordpress.org, Drupal, Joomla, Jekyll, Ghost, Magento, CraftCMS
My thoughts: I'd probably suggest Wordpress. It's the easiest to use, has the most robust ecosystem of plugins and themes, and is here for the long term.
If you want to try something new and flashy, CraftCMS has some super cool features.
This is probably the category I'd point you toward.
These are hosted blogs that you pay a monthly fee to maintain. They are much more "one-click" to set up, and still come with a lot of the benefits of owning all your content and having full control over everything on the site. They can be a bit more limiting in ways you can customize look and feel, but for most general use-cases they are more than sufficient.
Lots of services like HostGator offer hosted/SaaS versions of the popular open source CMSs, so your options are fairly similar to the ones above.
In this category, I'd suggest Wordpress.com if you want lots of customizations.
If you just want to start writing, Ghost is probably the easiest way to have a slick CMS up and running immediately.
These are the fastest option to get up and running, and they come with the advantage of built-in distribution. But, if you want your own domain and to have ownership/control over your content, these sites are probably not your best bet.
I'd suggest posting to your own blog and syndicating to one of these sites.
Popular examples are Medium, Tumblr, and Blogger.
My suggestion if you are going down this route would be Medium, because they have a huge distribution channel, the design is great, and you can even make money off your traffic on Medium.
These products are likely better suited for websites that have stores or other functionality beyond a simple blog.
Popular examples are Webflow, Wix, and Squarespace.
If you do want to go this route, I'd definitely suggest Webflow...but for a blog you're going to have your work cut out for you. Webflow is a really powerful product that will let you customize everything and build lots of slick, responsive design elements.
Accounting: Quickbooks. I've only ever used Quickbooks, and it just seems to work. It also seems to be preferred by most accountants.
Corporate credit card: Brex. I like it...nothing hugely different from the legacy CC companies, but it does come with some great deals and it's easy to spin up cards for employees with various controls.
Bank: Mercury. I was actually Mercury's 4th customer, and am biased because I'm a (very small) investor in Mercury...but I'm a huge fan. So nice to finally have a bank that knows how to build software.
Expenses: We've mostly been using the Brex cards so we don't have to do much expense reimbursement. But, I've mostly been happy with Expensify in the past.
Hope this helps!
Ripcord, a Mac/Windows client for Slack, still supports Markdown: https://cancel.fm/ripcord/
I played with it for a bit, but I really like Slack's interface, so i don't really want to switch...but, this update hasn't even landed on my Slack instance and I miss the old Markdown features already. 😭
E: Archive is sometimes my best friend.
CMD+SHIFT+i: Instant intro is super useful! Don't use it constantly, but it saves a good amount of time.
CMD+;: I love snippets in Superhuman. They are a huge time saver if you invest the time to write some out.
I hadn't used Segment in a couple of years until recently, and am blown away by how powerful it is.
We are running all of our analytics, transactional email, marketing automation, and email enrichment through Segment. It's obviously a bit time consuming to set up, but it's incredibly powerful once you do. Now, if we wanted to switch from one analytics provider to another, we could have the implementation be live in a few clicks.
I think Segment could be charging 10x more and we'd STILL be saving money vs. the amount of time it would take us to set all this stuff up manually.
For decades, a stark distinction existed between enterprise software (targeting Fortune 2000 companies) and the rest of business software (targeting mid-market and SMB).
SMB could be a path to the enterprise, but the categories were vastly different. Different buyer personas, different brand goals…