Maybe you have a 9-5 and maybe your side hustle is your 5-9. It feels like everyone has a gig of some sort. Small businesses make up about 99% of all US businesses. These companies serve the unique needs of our small businesses. They make nearly every element of their operations possible from software solutions to e-commerce platforms.

 

Paychex (PAYX):

Paychex, Inc. engages in the provision of human capital management solutions for payroll, human resource, insurance, and retirement for small and medium sized businesses. Its solutions include payroll services, hiring services, business insurance, time and attendance, employee benefits, finance and payments, human resources services, and startup services. The company was founded by Blase Thomas Golisano in 1971 and is headquartered in Rochester, NY. The full company name is Paychex, Inc.

 

American Express (AXP):

American Express Co. engages in the provision of charge and credit card products, and travel-related services. It operates through the following segments: Global Consumer Services Group, Global Commercial Services, Global Merchant and Network Services and Corporate & Other. The Global Consumer Services Group segment issues a wide range of proprietary consumer cards globally. The Global Commercial Services segment provides proprietary corporate and small business cards, payment and expense management services, and commercial financing products. The Global Merchant and Network Services segment operates a global payments network that processes and settles card transactions, acquires merchants, and provides multi-channel marketing programs and capabilities, services, and data analytics. 

The Corporate & Other segment covers corporate functions and certain other businesses and operations. The company was founded by Henry Wells, William G. Fargo and John Warren Butterfield on March 28, 1850 and is headquartered in New York, NY. The full company name is American Express Co.

DocuSign (DOCU):

DocuSign, Inc. provides cloud-based electronic signature solutions. Its cloud based electronic signature platform helps companies and individuals securely collect information, automate data workflows and sign anything. The firm automates manual, paper-based processes allowing users to manage all aspects of documented business transactions include identity management, authentication, digital signature, forms and data collection, collaboration, workflow automation and storage. DocuSign was founded by Thomas H. Gonser and Court Lorenzini in 2003 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The full company name is DocuSign, Inc.

 

Atlassian Corp. Plc (TEAM):

Atlassian Corp. Plc is a holding company, which engages in the design, development, license, and maintenance of software and provision software hosting services. Its products include JIRA software, align, core, and Service Desk, Confluence, Trello, Bitbucket, Sourcetree, bamboo, opsgenie, and statuspage. The company was founded by Michael Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar in 2002 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. The full company name is Atlassian Corp. Plc.  

H&R Block (HRB):

H&R Block, Inc. engages in the provision of tax preparation and other services. It offers assisted and do-it-yourself tax return preparation solutions through multiple channels and distribute the H&R block-branded financial products and services, including those of its financial partners, to the general public primarily in the United States, Canada, and Australia. The company was founded by Henry W. Bloch and Richard A. Bloch on January 25, 1955 and is headquartered in Kansas City, MO. The full company name is H&R Block, Inc.

Fiverr (FVRR): 

Fiverr International Ltd. develops an e-commerce platform that allows the people to buy and sell digital services. It operates through the following geographical segments: U.S., Europe, Asia Pacific, Rest of the World, and Israel. The firm offers digital marketing, graphics and design, video and animation, writing and translation, and music and audio. The company was founded by Micha Kaufman and Shai Wininger in 2009 and is headquartered in Tel Aviv, Israel. The full company name is Fiverr International Ltd.

Microsoft (MSFT): 

The Microsoft Corporation (MSFT), commonly shortened to Microsoft, is a multinational American technology company. Headquartered in Redmond, WA, Microsoft researches, develops, manufactures, supports, licenses, and sells personal computers, computer software, consumer electronics, and related services. Microsoft produces the Windows line of operating systems (OS) as well as the Microsoft suite of software products. Microsoft has also produced two web browsers: Edge and Internet Explorer. Microsoft is also involved in video game production.

Subsidiaries of Microsoft

Microsoft has a number of subsidiaries. This includes LinkedIn, which is a social media network designed to help people make connections in the business world. Microsoft also runs Office 365, which is a line of computer programs that includes Microsoft Excel (a spreadsheet program), Microsoft Word (a word documentation program), and Microsoft PowerPoint (a slideshow and presentation program). Microsoft also runs Outlook, which is a communication provider with email at its core.

Microsoft also runs Xbox GamePass, which is an online gaming service that allows players to compete with one another using the internet. 



Zendesk (ZEN): 

Zendesk, Inc. engages in the provision of customer service platform which enables companies to provide customer support. Its products and services include support; guide; chat; talk; message; inbox team email; explore; connect plus outbound; integrations and apps; embeddables; insights and analytics; and products update. Its also features ticketing system; community forums; help desk software; IT help desk; security; and tech specs. The company was founded by Mikkel Asger Svane, Morten Primdahl and Alexander Aghassipour in 2007 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The full company name is Zendesk, Inc.

GoDaddy (GDDY):

GoDaddy, Inc. engages in the provision of domain name registration and web hosting services. It provides website building, hosting, and security tools. The company was founded by Robert R. Parsons on January 1997 and is headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ. The full company name is GoDaddy, Inc.

Hubspot (HUBS):

HubSpot, Inc. provides cloud-based marketing and sales software platform that enables businesses to deliver an inbound experience. It operates through the following geographical segments: Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. The company was founded by Brian Halligan and Dharmesh Shah on April 4, 2005 and is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The full company name is HubSpot, Inc.

 

PayPal (PYPL): 

PayPal Holdings, Inc. engages in the development of technology platform for digital payments. Its solutions include PayPal, PayPal Credit, Braintree, Venmo, Xoom, and Paydiant products. The firm manages a two-sided proprietary global technology platform that links customers, which consist of both merchants and consumers, to facilitate the processing of payment transactions. It allows its customers to use their account for both purchase and paying for goods, as well as to transfer and withdraw funds. 

Shopify (SHOP):

Shopify Incorporated, also known as Shopify, is a Canadian multinational eCommerce company. It was founded in 2004 by Tobias Lutke, Daniel Weinand, and Scott Lake. The company is headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario. In 2015, Shopify went public and is now traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SHOP.

Shopify is a proprietary eCommerce platform that provides retail stores with the ability to carry out online sales. In addition to payment processing capabilities, Shopify also provides marketing services, shipping services, and customer engagement metrics that target both small businesses and large corporations that run an online store. Shopify provides its services to more than one million businesses in more than 175 countries.

Shopify also provides mobile application development services. Their application programming interface (API) platform is available in the app store and allows developers to create applications for Shopify online stores. Then, individuals are able to sell their apps on the Shopify App Store. Shopify also has a free mobile app that allows shop owners to view and manage their online stores on iOS devices.

Etsy (ETSY):

Etsy, Inc. engages in the management of an online marketplace. Its technology platform allows sellers to manage and scale their business. The firm offers handmade products such as shoes, clothing, bags, and accessories. It operates through the United States and International geographical segments. The company was founded by Haim Schoppik, Robert Kalin, Jared Tarbell, and Christopher Maguires in June 2005 and is headquartered in Brooklyn, NY. The full company name is Etsy, Inc.

Grubhub, Inc. (GRUB): 

Grubhub, Inc. operates as an online and mobile food-ordering company, which connects diners with local takeout restaurants. Its online and mobile ordering platforms allow diners and corporate businesses to order directly from takeout restaurants in the United States and London. The firm's products and services include Grubhub, Seamless and Eat24 Mobile Apps and Mobile Website, Grubhub, Seamless, Eat24 and MenuPages Websites, Corporate Program, Delivery Services, Grubhub for Restaurants, Technology and Fulfillment Services, Point of Sale Integration, Restaurant Websites and Mobile Applications and Allmenus. Grubhub was founded in 2004 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL. The full company name is Grubhub, Inc.