1. quickbooks self employed– if I could just paint and create all day, Id be happy. but like it or not, running a business has other facets and finance is one of the trickiest (and most important). quickbooks self employed has been a HUGE asset to my business. it has an incredibly affordable monthly fee and makes it SO easy to: – manage/categorize my expenses and income
– invoice customers
– track mileage
– run financial reports.
when it comes time for tax season, I can give my accountant access to everything and she can take it from there.
2. planoly– my go to app for scheduling my Instagram content.
have a love/hate relationship with instagram. but using Planoly has made it 10x easier to stay on top of posting and creating a visually appealing feed. simply upload your photos into the app, arrange to create your perfect grid and then schedule posts to automatically post at your prime posting time (for me on the east coast, I find 9am, 12pm, 6pm and 9pm to be my best. 9pm is usually my go to time). the app also lets you create premade lists of hashtags to easily insert into your post. game changer
I’ve always loved pinterest, but until recently I wasn’t using it to its fullest potential. pinterest is an amazing tool when used consistently (and with the right mindset). I will be sharing a full post on how I use pinterest in the coming weeks – but for a real quick snapshot —
I have started using tailwind app to schedule my pins throughout the week. pinning consistently and at the right time (when users are active) is key. in ONE MONTH of using tailwind, I have gone from 7k monthly viewers to 85k monthly viewers.
I devote about 1 hour on Mondays to schedule out all my pins for the week. yay batch working!
4. unfold– my favorite app for creating unique layouts for Instagram stories.
I love posting a daily quote to my story and unfold has the best fonts and formats for the job. you can also create a series of story posts and save them to easily post to your instagram story. I have used this when I have an instagram sale – I can put together all the items in unfold, save the whole thing and upload in all together.
5. lightroom CC + snapseed – my go to photo editing apps!
I HIGHLY recommend the CFL Presets for lightroom. A quick and easy natural filter to keep a consistent feed. I like to use snapseed along with lightroom for additional edits – I especially love the “healing” tool to edit out any imperfections in the photo.
Below, before and after, using the “warm skin tone” present from ChalkfullOfLove.
which apps and programs are your go-to? have you tried any of these?
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