I have a confession to make. For the past two years, I manually tracked and cared for all contracts, invoicing, payment plans, and workflow for my business. I still did everything online for my clients, but because I had never found a system that worked for me, I did it all myself. I used Machform for contracts, iCal for my own payment reminders (that I had to create each time), and PayPal for manual invoicing. It was a little system I created myself- it wasn’t perfect, but it worked for me as my business grew, and kept my monthly costs low. However as my business grew more and more in 2015 I saw that there was just one problem…
It was a ton of work to keep up with, especially in the busier seasons of traveling.
I looked into, and tried nearly all the systems that were available out there. But for me, each system always came up seriously short. And if I am going to invest in something, if another expense is going to be added to my business budget, then it HAS to be worth it for me. It truly has to add value to my business, in addition to saving me time. It has to make me more productive, effective, and move my brand and business forward.
I am a huge believer in making what you have work as long as you are able. I learned the hard way when I first started my business that you don’t always have to have what the “rockstars” have to be “successful”. We all start somewhere, and more and more I am learning that if you want to see more profit in your business, it’s not always just about raising prices, but it has a lot to do with cutting your costs, and evaluating what is a needless expense that could maybe be cut. So not having a monthly fee for a studio system, that I could manually handle on my own, was a way for me to save some expense in my business. But there also does come a time when your business outgrows things, even if they worked well for a long time.
This past year I became extremely BUSY. I was traveling so much that I felt like I was living in my car and the airport, and that’s when I started to see that my business had officially outgrown my own little manual system I had created. I needed a way to offer payment plans that could be automatic. I needed the assurance that my clients received a copy of their contract to review any studio policy questions whenever needed. I needed a step forward in how professional and branded the experience of booking my services, and making client payments felt. I needed a way to quickly auto respond to the inquiry emails coming in from my website, in a way that protected my work life balance, and personal time away from my office.
But a system that took more time and stress to USE, than it SAVED, was NOT the answer for me. And that was all I had ever found to be available.
Until, my absolute new favorite business addition, HONEYBOOK came on to the scene.
I began to hear about Honeybook through my involvement in The Rising Tide Society. At first, I didn’t give it much thought because I wasn’t exactly sure what it was, or if it would work for my portrait business. After all, there are many justifiable costs for wedding photographers, but not often do I find something that also works for me, someone who only specializes in photographing motherhood. But the raving reviews started to circulate about Honeybook on social media, so I found myself interested in finding out more. It was then that the game changed.
As a portrait photographer, here are the top features that I currently use through my Honeybook account:
Other things I love about Honeybook:
Honeybook offers so many additional features that I have yet to even tap into. They offer automated questionnaires, the ability to easily connect with other vendors and referral sources right through the platform, and more! This is not a sponsored post, nor am I receiving affiliate credits by sharing any of this with you. I truly just adore this platform so much, and the experience I have had with their service team has simply been unmatched- so much so that I find it to be worth sharing with you!
If you are entering 2016 with the goal of being more professional and organized in your workflow and booking process this year, then you should definitely check Honeybook out, and start a free trial to see if they are a good fit for you and your business! Honeybook isn’t just for photographers either! Honeybook is designed to be used by all sorts of different entrepreneurs- graphic designers, event or wedding planners, and more. Seriously, head on over and see what all they raves are about!
I am SO glad that I did!
UPDATE!! YOU CAN NOW SAVE 20% OFF YOUR MEMBERSHIP BY USING MY REFERRAL LINK .