Managing different aspects of your business is overwhelming – I’ll be the first to admit it. These five apps will help you get organized today and learn how to save your sanity, time, and money (so you can go back to creating for your clients or booking your services!)
I thought my complicated 7 program system to manage client information and communication was normal. And then I discovered Honeybook! Inquiries, questionnaire responses, payments, and all client communication are handled within Honeybook. I hope you also can know the sheer joy of knowing all information you need about a client lives in one place. The best thing is being able to sign into the app from anywhere and send a proposal, with a full contract and invoice, from my phone when I am not at my laptop working! Talk about simplified! If you’re looking for a streamlined solution, sign up here and get 20% off your first subscription year!
If you’re anything like me, you talk a lot faster than you can write. Enter Otter.
You start with 600 minutes of recording time per month for free, which should be plenty when you’re starting out. I use it to record random ideas that I may not have time to write down, or to dictate conversations with other business owners that can become a blog post. Eventually, I would love to use it to transcribe podcast episodes. It is incredibly accurate, which I so appreciate after trying so many different apps like Otter!
For all of you travel bugs/frequent travelers out there, download this app immediately! If you are looking for a deal traveling to a major or midsize city, this app is amazing at finding hidden city flights that could end up saving you up to 80% of your travel costs! For example, a traveler who wants to go to from LA to Boston would book a flight that is ticketed for LAX -> BOS -> NYC but get off in Boston and skip the rest of the scheduled flight to New York City. I’ve saved so much money with this app – GENIUS!
I am addicted to Zoom. I firmly believe that you establish connection with someone by looking them in the eye, and this is the way I do it! Zoom works on my desktop and my phone and can sync calls straight into my Google calendar. You can also record your calls, just in case there’s valuable information that would be helpful to revisit later on. One on one calls are free, but you have to upgrade to be able to have 3 or more people on a call.
Email platforms were always on my list of “research and choose” options. Yet, as a new business owner, I couldn’t find peers who were recommending any particular option. And then, Flodesk was born – in all its unicorn, angelic glory! Flodesk has a unique accessibility and simplicity that reminds me of Canva, but with all of the crucial analytics that other email platforms provide. They start you off with beautiful, minimal templates that you can customize with your own brand colors. Plus (at least for now), they charge a flat monthly rate, rather than an increasing rate based on your subscriber count. Another added plus – the founders, Rebecca and Martha, are absolute sweethearts who truly care about customer service and improving in real time. I am all for supporting fellow business owners making beautiful and helpful tools! If you’re sold, go ahead and use the code “KATHERINESCHWINGEL” through this link to get 50% off for life!
I hope these save you as much time and money as they have saved me! Do you have any apps you can’t live without? Leave a comment below – there’s always a new one around the corner.
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