Happy Friday guys, I thought in the spirit of Black Friday I’d share some of the resources I use in my business. Not only can they help save you time, but this weekend is the time to save some extra money as well!
Some of these links are affiliate links, which means that I get a little thank you if you go ahead with investing – but it often also means you get a bit more off too (win, win!). These are all programs & resources I personally have invested in, and actively use in running my business. It’s taken me a while to get my workflow smoothed out, but between these resources I’m about to dive into, I’m finally about there! Of course, as a photographer, I love being able to completely customise EVERYTHING, and these really light me up! I touched on a couple of these in my recent blog which you can see here.
Dubsado - CRM
I’ve been using this CRM for a few years now, and would be lost without it! Keeping everything streamlined, in one place, and eliminating the need for reams of paper when signing contracts it’s a very powerful system.
The team are constantly working on additions to the system, and the community are always on hand to help if you need it too!
$35/month OR $350/year
$30/month OR $300/year
You can sign up and have a look around the platform for free before purchasing, with full access. Offer valid to 01/12/2020. Dubsado is partnered with Cloudspot galleries for us photographers too.
To really up your game, you can do some really cool stuff with your Dubsado forms using CSS. Fear not – you don’t need to be an expert either. Alice at Flows & Forms has done the hard work for you. Take a look and find out more about creating your custom client experience from start to finish (and there’s a FREE course on how).
ClickUp - Project Management
This is a new revelation for me, and I am already wondering how I got on without it for the last 4 years. ClickUp is a project management tool, and can be used in conjunction with a whole host of other apps both internally and via Zapier.
This has been a game changer for my social media scheduling amongst many other business & personal tasks, if you’d like to know more pop me a message and I’d be happy to share.
Unlimited from £3.74/month
Business from £6.74/month
Flodesk - beautiful email marketing
As a creative, Flodesk is not the cheapest option to manage my mailing list, but it does allow me to stay true to my brand. It’s super easy to create beautiful and functional emails!
You can have a 30 day trial to see if you like it, with full access to all of the tools and features. There are no limits on how many subscribers you can have with Flodesk either!
$38 / month
Use my link to get 50% off your subscription!
Tailwind - Pinterest scheduling (and Instagram if you like!)
If you’re looking for a simple way to increase your reach and improve SEO for your website, then you need to be utilising Pinterest. Unlike Facebook and Instagram, Pinterest is a search engine, and as I’m sure you will know a LOT of people use it!
Tailwind takes the guesswork out of when to post, and even guides you as to how many posts you should be pinning a day. They’ve got new features rolling out, including Create to help you design your pins.
$15 / month OR
$119 / year
Canva - design software
Canva is yet another time saver (or waster, depending on how much you like to create!) and has endless possibilities. Whether you want to design from scratch, or if you use a template, designing social posts, posters, business cards and presentations has never been easier.
For more unique templates and ideas, check out my link to Basil & Bark – they’ve got a fantastic unlimited bundle with forever updates included. Alysa has done a great job of making things even more simple and inspiring!
£10.99 / month
£107.88 / year
There is also a fantastic Free option which gives you plenty of options to use in creating your templates, presentations and more.
So, there you have it. My essentials! I’m a sucker for processes, so if you want to talk shop and brainstorm some ideas or just find out more and see if any of these could help you in your business, get in touch 🙂