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18 Tools that Changed my Business

How everyone is doing it? You know, #allthethings that come with running a creative small business. How do you stay organized? How do you streamline things? How do you catch up on the products everyone else knows about?

I love when people let you peek behind the curtain, and today I am doing that for you! Not so much that you can see I’m wearing the same thing as yesterday but I guess we all know now.

Today I am doing that by sharing the 18 tools that have changed my business. This list gives you insight into what is working for me. Of course, I’m not going to make you download, I’ll share 5 of them in this post, and then you can decide if you want to know the rest.

At the end of the day I am not just a photographer. If you are an entrepreneur or creative small business I’m sure you can relate. So 15 of these tools are not photography specific, while 3 are. Let’s start with a big one : business management!

manage your business

It’s hard to find the right fit here. A client / business management software that works like you want it to while not being too complicated or unnecessary?

Dubsado.

I’m actually switching from Honeybook over to Dubsado as we speak. They are both highly customizable for any kind of creative business, however I love the Dubsado client portal and the different options available for receiving payment and embedding a contact form. Check back with me on this one, since I don’t have a lot of experience in it, but people who do love it!

share content

It’s nice to share a link that makes sense. For example – my list of 18 tools is at : bit.ly/MDP-tools. If I had to, I could spell it out for someone. It doesn’t look like a jumble of letters. Shortening links and tracking clicks is easy with :

http://bit.ly

protect yourself

When I was planning my workshop last year I needed an agreement for attendees. How do I open up the doors on my business and let everyone in while knowing they are legally bound to not post everything I said on the internet. Confidentially, please. Enter

The Contract Shop

This is the easiest place to have attorney, peer reviewed contracts for creative small businesses. Plus, Christina is hilarious so if you end up on her email list you will be sure to laugh.

schedule it

What’s worse that emailing back 10x to set up a phone call? Or not being able to book people because it’s too confusing? I have two options for you, depending on what you need.

Acuity Scheduling

If you want the combination of phone call set up + booking in one, Acuity has your back. You can accept payments, you can offer a variety of products – in fact it’s where I’m hosting my workshop sign up this year! It’s launching May 1 but if you made it this far take a look as early bird pricing lasts until May 15.

Calendly

The easiest way to book those discovery calls / follow up / or I like to share it with my current clients so they can get in touch whenever is needed (but on my schedule).

stay in touch

I avoided this for years, and it’s probably the one thing I wish I did at the start of my business : build an email list! I was blogging daily and when I stopped or platforms switched I made people follow me. Now I want to stay in touch and keep creating content that serves people, how about you?

Mailchimp

Not only is it free for the first 2,000 subscribers, you can create landing pages, campaigns, welcome sequences, and the list goes on. How do you get in touch with a large group of people these days? How do you create something new and share it with the world? I see you nodding your head. Now the last thing I want to do is show up unannounced and annoy you. What I would love to do is to take something I’ve learned and share it, or invite you to be a part of something, or show you how terrible I still am at email so you can feel better about yourself. Oops. Working on it!

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