Hey friends! Today, I’m shifting gears a little bit. With this global pandemic we are in, new small businesses are popping up like crazy and I LOVE it. Seeing my friends getting creative with their skills has been amazing!! I’ve had a few people reach out asking what resources I use for organizing and running my business. There are so many decisions to make when starting a business, so today, I’m sharing my resources! I’ve gone through my fair share of trial and error and I hope this blog can save you some of that hassle! Some are specifically photography related (like my personal gear), but many of my resources can be used by all types of creatives.
Quick note: I’m an affiliate for some of the business resources on this page, which means I get a small commission whenever a purchase is made using one of the links or codes here, or anywhere else on our site. It doesn’t cost you extra. In many cases, I’ve been able to grab you a special deal or discount that will actually save you money –– so it’s a win-win! Plus, you can rest assured knowing that I only endorse products and services that I personally use, as I know they are amazing.
Showit: The simple and oh so gorgeous drag-and-drop software I use to power my website and blog!
Cloudspot: The clean and easy gallery website I use to deliver my galleries to clients!
Kiss Albums: The album company I use to print luxury wedding and engagement albums! They also make amazing styling mats. Get a $50 credit on your first order of $100 or more.
Quickbooks Self Employed: My go-to for bookkeeping, mileage tracking, invoices for corporate clients, and self-employed taxes. Get 50% off your first 6 months!
Google Calendar: The whole fam uses Google Calendar to sync our schedules and jobs!
Dropbox: The best way to collaborate with other creatives and share work! Get 500MB added to your plan.
Flodesk: My email marketing system! Get 50% off your subscription!
Launch Your Daydream: The amazing design duo who created my brand!
Away Suitcase: The sturdiest and most protective luggage I own! Get $20 off your first purchase!
Think Tank: The perfect suitcase to carry all of your gear safely on shoots AND on flights! International flight friendly and the perfect carry-on size. Get $15 off your first purchase!
Travel Planner: My personal travel planner who gets all the best deals!
Moo: The gorgeous and unique business cards I use! Get 25% off your first order.
Later: My go-to Instagram scheduling app! Get 10 extra posts per month.
Tailwind: My Pinterest management system! Get a free month of Tailwind Plus.
Instacart: Shopping is a PAIN, especially during this pandemic. Get all your groceries delivered! Get $10 off your first order.
StitchFix: Amazing and personalized outfits for your gigs and social media posts! Get $25 off your first order.
UberEats: Stuck on calls or editing all day? Food delivery is my go-to for those long office days. Get $5 off your first 3 orders of $15 or more with code eats-haleighd61ue at checkout.
My go-to cameras and lenses for weddings and sessions!
Want to see more? Check out one of my business educational resources here and learn about how we planned our destination wedding on a strict budget here! You can also see my secrets to success as an introverted photographer!