I run three businesses (plus this directory). I’m a busy lady and I don’t have time to do a lot of the tasks that need to be completed each day to run a business (let alone three). I’ve tried and tested so many business applications that you wouldn’t believe. All of that testing helped me realize what was necessary and what wasn’t for running my business and I was able to narrow it down to three tools:
I don’t know where to start about HoneyBook, other than I think it saved my sanity. I run a branding design studio, and I juggle multiple clients and inquiries at once. HoneyBook tracks the progress of each project and inquiry while allowing me to complete many pre-designed tasks. HB offers TONS of features: invoice sending (and payment collections!), contract sending and signing, emailing, booking appointments and scheduling, contact forms and SO much more. It is seriously the tool I rely on most for my business. It has cut down so much time from book-keeping and correspondence – time that I’m able to spend with my clients. If you’d like to give HoneyBook a try, use this link for 50% off your subscription!
For years I’ve tried to master MailChimp – without any success. I stayed with it because it was what I knew (kinda). Then I went searching for other mass mail clients who might provide something for my business that it was severely lacking. I stumbled upon FloDesk. 1. It’s 1000x easier to use than MailChimp and 2. The templates are goregous.
FloDesk is incredibly easy to navigate, plan and send. The price tag is normally $38/mo, but if you use this link you’ll get it for $19 a month instead! I can’t tell you how great this mail client is – I’ll never go back to MailChimp now.
And now, my social media angel – Planoly. I use Planoly for all of my Instagram accounts and now Pinterest, too. It schedules, analyzes and tracks your Instagram account. It will schedule auto-posts for you and then take that Instagram post and immediately add it to your business Facebook Page. It couldn’t be simpler. You can also store your #’s that they are easy to add and you can make sure you are utilizing all 30! It will show your grid so you can curate a gorgeous feed. Check Planoly out – it will seriously save you SO much time.
Do you have business tools you can’t live without? Share them below with some info so everyone can check them out!