6 Tools and Resources for Creative Small Businesses

Hello Dearies,

Today I’m sharing a few of the tools and educational resources I’ve used to keeping my business moving and growing. I hope if you’re struggling these might give you a leg up and some breathing space as you grow your business into what you want to it be!

Just click on the logos for more information (heads-up, some of these are referral links) and don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions!




This is my client management system; it’s how I send all my contracts, quotes, invoices, questionnaires. I can automate emails (such as reminders), schedule sessions, even automated sending clients a greetabl. It is not photographer-specific, making 17hats a good option for a variety of businesses. If you’re looking for something with more bells and whistles (but also a large price tag), you might be interested in either HoneyBook or Dubsado.

My social media manager, I can arrange my Instagram grid and, when I’m on top of my game, schedule out my posts–even hashtags and tagging accounts. They now have the ability to schedule stories and Pinterest (I haven’t utilized this yet). I like Planoly because even the free version is a great tool.

This is my online gallery provider, I use it to deliver images to my clients, other vendors and keep portfolio images on hand in case I need to make a social media post on the fly. Pixieset has a free option that gives you 1 GB of storage.

I enjoy the rare times I get to drive solo in the car, ‘cause that means podcast time. Brands that Book is one of my favorites for business because it isn’t strictly for photographers, and I enjoy getting inspiration from outside my own industry. The host, Davey Jones, and his wife are former wedding photographers turned website designers.

Katelyn James is an amazing Virginia based photographer and educator; and while this collection of educational resources is designed for photographers, I’d wager there are still valuable lessons you can take from her Business Collection and apply to your business (especially if you have a business with a personal brand).

This is a great and easy design tool, like Planoly, it’s handy even if you have the free version; but if you want more options when it comes to designs or fonts, the full version of Canva is a low cost upgrade.


P.S. I whipped up the top image for this blog using Canva in less than a minute.


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