I am a lead software engineer that has been asked to become part of a small pre-seed-level software startup. One of the principals has asked me to come up with a 1-, 3- and 5-year estimate operating budget for a small development team (which would include myself).
I am comfortable doing my own research so long as I know all the different categories + classifications of typical software startup costs. The major categories I can think of are:
- FT Employee
- Tools (IDEs, software licenses, etc.)
- Services (3rd party SaaS)
- Infrastructure (servers, SSL certs, etc.)
- SOC2, business compliance, etc.
Please note that I'm not asking for a list of typical business cost categories, only those that would pertain to the development & maintenance of software in a typical engineering organization (the idea is that I would become the Engineering Manager/Director for the team and hence in control of the engineering budget).
Are there any other major categories of costs that anyone can think of?