Over the years I’ve learned that my happiness relies on working smarter, not harder. This is a lesson I am constantly re-learning as I navigate the waters of self employment. One of the many things that have made my life easier is creating systems and utilizing resources to help save me time.
Today I wanted to share 6 of my favorite business tools to help you in your job, passion project, or maybe just in life. The best part is these aren’t all specifically related to being a photographer, and none will break the bank.
I have been using Tave since the start of my business, and it has helped me organize everything from client information to contracts. I believe having some sort of management software is invaluable for any business. I think of it as my home base, as I can always check in there to see what needs to be done. The best part is most tasks can be automatized which means I can spend my time focusing on other parts of my business and life.
Ever wish you could be reminded to follow up with an email in a week, or schedule emails to be sent the following day? Well ladies and gents, I’m about to rock your world! Boomerang does this and so much more. I love to work late into the night, but I don’t always want to be sending emails at midnight. Boomerang has helped me stay on top of email communication, on my terms.
If you find yourself sending the same emails again and again, canned responses will be your new best friend. This Gmail lab is free and will save you SO MUCH TIME! You can save responses for commonly asked questions, new inquires, the possibilities are endless!
With my busy schedule I find it very challenging to find the time to sit down and read a book. That was until Audible! Now whenever I’m in the car driving to a shoot or wedding I can listening to a new business book, or murder mystery (my guilty pleasure). This has really helped expand my horizons, and I find I’m more productive while editing and listening to audio books – score!
I looooovvveeee planners, they are my kryptonite and every year I would buy a new one from a completely different designer. That was until I found my Passion Planner. This is the first planner I’ve owed that really feels like mine. It’s flexible enough to be used by all sorts of people; but the real gold is in the goal setting weaved throughout each day, week, and month. It helps keep my goals and dreams in the front of my mind, exactly where it should be.
This is a fairly new addition to my favorite business tools, but boy has it been a game changer. I used to record my mileage at the end of each month, but it was one of those tasks that I dreaded doing. Now with the MileIQ app it tracks all my drives from my iPhone. All I have to do is open the app and swipe left for personal, and right for business trips. Easy as that!
I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite tools or hacks that have made your business or life easier?