I’m a Lake Tahoe based wedding and portrait photographer, and fan of unposed, giddy-in-love, melt-my-lenses-editorial-style moments … oh, and a t-shirts and jeans.
2017 was a major restructuring, rebuilding and reinvesting experience around here. One of the first decisions I made back in December 2016 was to invest in a client management software. I’ve remained organized in my own way, but after 11 years of mom-and-pop’ing it and realizing I could be saving way more time, it was time to go digital. It’s been such a timesaver, which translates into a life changer! The one I chose?
There are a lot of business management softwares out there and this one won me over on price, user experience and how streamlined the communication in my business has become. The interface was easy to get the hang of and there are still so many features I have yet to incorporate. Everything from handling inquiries and obtaining questionnaires to building contract, timelines and receiving payments, it’s all done in one place and easily accessible to me on the road and in my office. Not to mention networking with other creatives.
The feedback from my clients, which is what was most important to me, has been fantastic! I love that it makes their experience easier and let’s the business side of our interaction quick, leaving more room to focus on photography!
Disclaimer: I do wish that Honeybook offered a way to customize the branding a bit more to match your own, but for the easy of use for me and my dear clients, I can get over certain aesthetics.
If you’re interested in trying it out, use this link to receive a nice discount for your first year.
I did a few free trials with other software, and found Honeybook to have the easiest interface to learn, because who has time to set aside to change up the back of the house? Their team loaded my contracts, questionnaires and templates for me and from there is was just minor tweaks. After about a month, it was just a constant ‘why did I wait so long to do this’ feeling of relief.
While teetering on being too sales-y, I’m all about sharing what is working behind the scenes for my business. If you’re currently spending countless hours answering emails, drawing up quotes, handling payments and simply ready to let go of your grassroots efforts, you’re silly not to take the plunge into a client management software! The investment is invaluable no matter where you are in your business.