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Top 8 Tools and Software for Small Business Owners

When someone dreams of becoming a professional photographer, he or she envisions ideas of creative freedom, exciting clients, and endless possibilities. That dream rarely includes laborious and time-consuming paperwork, hours of editing, contract negotiations with clients, invoicing or tax filings, yet that is what many professional photographers end up spending most of their time doing.

Keeping track of everything—from appointments and emails, and leads to projects, editing your captured snaps and building an online presence for your business—it can all be extremely overwhelming. Thankfully there is a plethora of tools and software that can help take the burden off your shoulders and streamline your workflow.

1. BlinkBid

Whether you are an up-and-comer in the industry or a seasoned vet, BlinkBid has the perfect tier for you, at the perfect price. f you’re looking for assistance on the production side of your business, look no further than these guys. If there is one thing they understand it’s creative professionals. They are 100% dedicated to being the business side of your creative life. Their cloud-based software offers several unique features to organize the chaos of bidding, production and invoicing.

2. Google Drive

Google Drive provides you access to 15GB of storage space absolutely free and it is compatible with Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Photos. You can use your Android device to scan all your documents to the Google Drive. Just take a snap of your important documents and they’ll be instantly stored on the Drive as PDF files. If going paperless is your goal, Google Drive is for you.

3. StudioCloud

StudioCloud is a free software that allows you to create schedules, manage clients, bookkeep and invoice. Moreover, clients can make online bookings with you through the software. There are several other things this tool can help you accomplish and it is available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, and Android. The downside? The free version can only be accessed by a single user and you’ll have pay for it if you want more people to access the tool.

4. GIMP

GIMP is a free photo-editor software. This image editor is open source which means that you can distribute your changes by altering the source code. The downside to using GIMP is that you won’t be able to figure out its functions in the beginning if you have mostly used Adobe products. However, if you get the hang of it, you will love the array of unique features that this software offers.

5. Adobe Creative Cloud 

Adobe is considered the top photo editing software. This Abobe plan is available on Amazon and gives you one-year access to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC. Edit, organize and share photos with Lightroom and use the tools of Photoshop to make the photos more appealing.

6. Foliopic

If you wish to build your online presence, then try Foliopic. Built with artists in mind, this template-based system for website design allows you to get your website live without any prior coding or website knowledge.

7. Xero

This cloud-based accounting software is designed for small businesses. You can access it anytime to get online through different devices and it offers an array of handy features.

8. Quickbooks

Quickbooks makes accounting simple. If you wish to save time on accounting tasks, then you should definitely get Quickbooks. You can learn and use it easily even if you don’t have any accounting knowledge.

Lindsay Partridge

Lindsay has been with Agency Access for four years. After a transition from Campaign Manager where she managed multiple client campaigns, she found her home as Marketing Manager. She enjoys working in the creative world and bringing her Public Relations background to the forefront.

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