Notion has evolved to be more than just a tool, with its active community growing by the second, it has become the most sought out choice among wikis, product management tools, document sharing apps for startup founders and entrepreneurs in the world.

Notion’s latest offering to the community of founders and entrepreneurs may be your chance to build and seek . You want to know what I’m talking about, keep scrolling!

How to use Notion templates for Startups?

Notion templates are preset workflows that you can readily duplicate and start using. The best thing about templates is that they aren’t mere documents but complete processes that guide you to achieve a particular task.

Let’s begin with onboarding new talent across your company, so here we go.

Onboarding New Talent

Onboard, not orient!

You have to think beyond the first few days and set new employees for long term success. You have to form a bond, a relationship that nurtures an employee's relationship with the company. So how do you do that? Let’s see:

1. There's no such thing as a long term onboarding strategy. There are regular check-ins that ensure that employee and company objectives realign after set intervals.

2. You have to show in the onboarding process that you are invested in the success of the new employee’s work tenure. Every onboarding process may be different for different titles and job roles.

3. New employees cannot read and digest all of the company material at once. They will come back to it later time and again. They must be able to access all of your files on one structured page otherwise they will endlessly spend time asking and searching for these documents, losing time and productivity, incurring business costs.

Notion template offers great customization and ready-made process to onboard new talent with minimum cost and maximum efficiency.

👉 Grab New Hire Onboarding template

New Hire Onboarding template dashboard in Notion
New Hire Onboarding template dashboard in Notion
New Hire Onboarding template in Notion
New Hire Onboarding template in Notion

Creating a Roadmap

If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ― Yogi Berra, former New York Yankees catcher

Of course you need a goal, an objective, a plan whatever you want to call it, to achieve a set number of milestones. The perfect roadmap will set you up for success.

Notion already has a template that you can readily use to create a roadmap for your startup, including a process that you can instantly replicate in your company.

⛰ Epics are large initiatives.

🏃‍♂️ Sprints are time-bounded tasks.

🔨 Tasks together make up epics.

🐞 Bugs need to be fixed.

👉 Grab Roadmap template

Roadmap template in Notion
Roadmap template in Notion

Overcoming your limitations

There’s always roadblocks, obstacles and rough patches for every startup ever existed. Overcoming them is an attitude rooted deep in your company's culture.

How you address issues and shortcomings in your company, whether you come across a software bug or an instance of miscommunication between colleagues shapes your company culture.

The great thing about Notion is it has the capacity to teach teams to work together and look at every shortcoming as an opportunity to grow! Just like the template below 👇

Tasks & Issues template in Notion
Tasks & Issues template in Notion

👉 Grab Tasks & Issues template

Answering questions on Twitter

This neat trick of workflow automation can help you save some time in learning what the user community is talking and asking about you!

Step 1] Log in to Automate.io

Step 2] Click on “Create a bot” in the top right corner

Step 3.1] Select trigger app as Twitter and event as New Mention

Step 3.2] Select action app as Notion and event as Add Database Item

Step 4] Configure your integration as shown below 👇

Automate.io Integration Twitter -> Notion
Automate.io Integration Twitter -> Notion

✨ Now any time somebody asks a question on Twitter mentioning your company, it gets assigned in your Tasks & Issues database in Notion, that you can approach in a systematic way.

Team and Product Wiki

Wikis are a must to strengthen your company’s knowledge graph. Using Notion, you can customize wikis to make it easy for everyone on your team to access information whenever they need it!

When your colleagues suggest tools, links, blogs, and resources, they usually get lost in Slack’s chat space. These resources come in handy when storing them centrally on one Notion page.

🚲 Take a short tour on building a Wiki for your company.

Company Wiki Template in Notion
Company Wiki Template in Notion

Get FREE $1,000 credit in Notion for your team

Notion’s Startups program allows any startup to get up to $1,000 in credit for team-based plans, so that you can get started on turning your idea into a reality.

If you work with one of Notion’s global partners, you are eligible for $1,000 in credit but even if you don’t, you can avail $500 in credit to use Notion’s team plan. Notion’s partners include these folks.

Notion’s Global Partners
Notion’s Global Partners

How to apply to Notion’s Startups program?

Step 1] Go to notion.so/startups

Step 2] Click on the “Get up to $1,000 free Notion” button to apply using a form.

Step 3] Click on “Apply for credit”

Apply for Notion Startups program
Apply for Notion Startups program

Step 4] Enter your Notion workspace domain as shown below.

Enter Notion workspace domain
Enter Notion workspace domain

Step 5] Enter your work email address followed by your website.

Enter work email address
Enter work email address

Step 6] Next, you have to mention if you are affiliated with a Partner. If you choose option A, you are eligible for $1,000 in credit but if not, you can still avail $500.

Affiliated with Notion’s Global Partners or not?
Affiliated with Notion’s Global Partners or not?

Step 7] Next, enter the amount of funds you have received till date and hit “Submit!”

Enter the amount of funds received for your startup
Enter the amount of funds received for your startup

FAQ about Notion’s Startup program

Who can apply for the Startups program?

Any startup can apply for the credit. Every application goes through an automated verification process. Those startups working with Notion’s Partners are immediately verified and can readily get the credit using Partner’s code.

What’s new in this Startups program?

Earlier in 2019, when the startups program first launched, only startups working with Notion’s Partners could avail the $1,000 credit (they still can!). Now, any potential startup can apply to get $500 in credit even if they aren’t affiliated with any given Partner.

How much is $1,000 credit worth in Notion?

Normally, you’d have to pay $10 per member per month billed monthly, according to Notion’s pricing plans. So, for a team of 20, $1,000 in credit represents 5 months of free Notion.

How do I become a Partner?

That’s easy! Apply to be a Partner and Notion will get back to you with more information.

Go to notion.so/startups and scroll down where you’d see a red button named “Apply to become a partner here,” click that button to fill out a few details and you’re good to go.

Can I redeem more than one Partner code?

Nopes, only one Partner code can be used per startup.

Hey Startups, listen up!

Before you go, you might want to learn how to use Notion for your team.

If you have some interesting thoughts on this article, say you have created a Notion template, or come across a use case that should be covered in this article, share it with me via omkar@automate.io

Moreover, if you have questions, I’d be more than happy to answer them! See ya 😀