It's #TaxDay, Creatives!⠀(kinda? 🤪)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I get asked about financial software and tools a lot, and I am no financial expert by any means. Today though, I'm sharing about my favorite two apps that I use to manage our budget and financials!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For budgeting (both personal and for the businesses), we are huge fans of @youneedabudget. This handy tool allows us to create a zero-based budget every month that we review once a week to make sure we are on track. Have you ever heard the saying, "fail to plan, plan to fail"? YNAB keeps us on top of where our money is set to go!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The next app is the big one - @quickbooks. For the first 5 years of my business, I used the accounting tools inside of a CRM, but now with multiple businesses, team members, and no time for manual entry, it was time to make the switch. It's definitely a beast of a tool, but thankfully, my amazing accountant is ready to help whenever I need it!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What financial tools do you use? There are so many out there!
Wedding days can be downright chaotic. Can I get an "amen" from my fellow wedding vendors?? But one way to keep you and your team on track is to ditch the paper and add your wedding day timeline to your Apple Watch. With a quick glance at my wrist, I can see if we are on track and what is coming up next!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For a full breakdown on how I add wedding day timelines to my Apple Watch, check out the blog post! Link to the blog is in my profile!
Did you know we have a 12 page Declutter Your Tech Checklist? We do! And the best part? IT'S FREE!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So many of you have asked about organizing your files, clearing the digital clutter and speeding up your devices. This checklist, my friends, is the holy grail of digital decluttering how-tos. Download it and get started. You're not going to make any progress by avoiding it. 😉⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A link to the FREE download is in my bio! Happy Decluttering!
Friday Favorites, anyone?! ❤️ Start swiping! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 1️⃣ First up, my new @apple AirPod Max headphones. I was super hesitant to purchase these, but I am so glad I did. The noise cancelling and sound quality is wonderful, but most importantly, they are so comfy. I can wear them all day long! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 2️⃣ Next, the amazing @getsproutstudio. I have moved both @techsavvycreative & @dawnelizabethstudios to Sprout Studio and I LOVE it. This amazing CRM has streamlined both of my businesses. My favorite part though? Their team. They are always keeping their users up to date on what's happening and that is a major breath of fresh air for a Software team! Looking at you @bcapphoto. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 3️⃣ I recently learned that I could make a Siri Shortcut for my @starbucks order and it is EVERYTHING!! All I have to do is say "Hey Siri, order Starbucks for Andrew and I" and I can pick it up on the way to daycare drop-off! #Winning ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 4️⃣ Last but not least, is @EmilyLey's new book, Growing Boldly. Long time Emily Ley fan here, and her latest book is exactly what my soul needed in this chaotic season. If you're looking for a quick and uplifting read/listen, I highly recommend Emily's new book! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, what do you think? Are any of these on your favorites list too? You can find more of my favorite tools, software, gadgets and more at techsavvycreative.com!
🎉 WHOS COMING TO WACO WITH ME?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This one is for all of my photographer friends out there. @theresetconference will be in Waco, TX on September 20th-21st and I'm so excited to be leading the breakout session "Using Tools to Manage your Time & Boundaries". ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ A little bit about The Reset Conference:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Reset is a conference designed for photographers. Whether you are a hobbyist, just launching your business, or running a successful studio, this conference truly benefits photographers of all levels because we all have areas of our business that needs a Reset! This year’s conference is packed with fun, inspiration and education from industry experts from all around the country. Attendees will customize their education experience through choosing breakout classes and add-on shootouts that best fit their needs.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, who's coming with me?! I'm already craving one of those cupcakes from Magnolia!
Raise your hand if you're on your third cup of coffee today! 🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As an Enneagram 3, when I'm feeling stressed, I take on the negative attributes of a 9 (AKA - I go take a nap). With wedding season in full swing, and multiple full service set ups and projects on the calendar, I've been craving lots of naps lately. Can anyone else relate?!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Here's to a productive day with no naps.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 📸: @bendthelightbranding⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ 👚: @giftandgarnish
I have a pile of 3 hard drives in my office closet. Three different types of drives, three different sizes, but they do have one thing in common: they have a big "X" on them in masking tape.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❌ What does that X mean?? It means they are nothing more than an expensive paperweight.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Failed. Dunzo. Kaput. Ruined. Useless.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did these hard drives fail because they were a certain brand? Nope.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did they fail because I unplugged them without ejecting them? Nope.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Did they fail because of something completely out of my control?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Yes. 100% Yes.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It's time to stop assuming that your data is safe because you take good care of your drives or you bought _____ brand. It's not a matter of "if" your drive will eventually fail, it's "when".⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Back up your data, friends. Back them up to a cloud service AND another external hard drive. Make this process automatic, not manual. Trust me, you'll be so glad you did.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ **PS: No, these LaCie drives are NOT my pile of failed drives!
➡️ FILL IN THE BLANK⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The one piece of technology that drives me crazy is ________.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Me? Home networks are what drive me crazy. If you need help with your router, modem, and all that kind of stuff, I'm 100% NOT your girl. 😖⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What is it for you?? Whats that thing that drives you crazy?
Get those calendars ready, friends. Next week is a busy one!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I will be speaking at TWO events next week. First up is my FREE Webinar with @signatureCEO and their Elevate in the Boardroom Series. We will be talking all about setting up your tech for success. This includes computer maintenance 101, how to sync between multiple devices, and the basics of backing up your files!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ➡️ This free webinar will be on Wednesday at 4PM CST. You can register at @signatureCEO!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Next up, is the Click Away at Home Conference! Photographers, this one is for YOU! Join me for this amazing two day virtual conference. I'm so honored to be presenting on the virtual stage as we talk about File Management. In this roundtable session, I'll be sharing how I organize ALLLLL of my photo files and catalogs, and how I've automated both my local and cloud backups!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ➡️ My Session is Friday, March 26th at 2PM CST! Get your tickets to Click Away at @clickawayconference!
What apps are you loving right now? 📲⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Me? If I'm being honest, TikTok and Starbucks are my most used apps right now. Was anyone else part of the whole "oh I'll just see what TikTok is all about" movement last March? Just me? 😇