13 Must-Have Productivity Tools for Small Business Owners

My favourite apps and resources

As a former IT manager, I love utilising technology to support my business. So I thought I’d share the apps that help me streamline my business. 

These apps will save you time and free you up to focus on growing your business, instead of all the admin!  In the list below you will find email apps, conferencing apps, social media management, project management & business tools that I use and love.

Dubsado

Dubsado helps you easily manage clients, send contracts, take payments, manage workflows and even track leads.  It’s super customisable and a must for any client-based business.

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Square

Take the headache out of receiving payments with Square. Use it by itself, connect it to Dubsado, or connect it to your shop to take payments for your products and services. I couldn’t do business without it!

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pCloud

pCloud is the secure place in the cloud to store, sync and share files. Perfect for backing up your raw image files. Get up to 2TB of secure cloud storage.

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Clickup

Plan, track, and manage client projects and business growth with Clickup’s flexible task and project management tools. 

Adguard

Adguard not only provides defense against ads as your browse the web, but it also protects you from tracking, phishing, and fraud. It also saves traffic and speeds up page loading by removing annoying web elements and will deal with annoying banners, pop-ups and video ads once and for all.

GSuite

G Suite is a cloud-based productivity suite that helps teams communicate, collaborate and get things done from anywhere and on any device. G Suite can take care of your email, file storage, video meetings, online calendars, document editing and more.

AkiFlow

Akiflow is a personal task manager which is geared at focusing on speeding up the fundamentals of productivity: capturing tasks, processing them, and always knowing what to work on. It automatically collects all your tasks  in the same place and it’s integrated with all your calendars for the perfect visual of your day.

Sidekick

Sick of cluttered tabs, but need to keep certain tabs open for work? Sidekick is the answer. Never lose your work due to being unable to find a tab in the sea of open tabs. Keep your important tools and apps in the Sidekick sidebar for easy access, separate from your browser tabs. 

Raindrop

Is your browser littered with open tabs that you plan to go back to one day but forget? This all-in-one bookmark manager is what I use to save the clutter and store all the handy little pages I might want to refer to again. I also use it to save recipes I find that I want to try.

Zoom

Zoom offers the personalised approach of in person meetings over video calls. Host calls with clients and prospective clients, share your screen to show them your ideas and you can even host group workshops, record video tutorials and also record your sessions.

Buddymove

A really handy app to remind you to take regular breaks. It also includes exercises to do for when you are sitting for a long time.

Signal

Private encrypted messaging platform. If you are interested in protecting your cyber security and sick of Facebook and Instagram spying on you, this is the messaging platform to use.

Elementor

Build your websites the easy way, with Elementor. From landing pages, and ecommerce stores, to full-blown websites – build it all with Elementors easy drag and drop builder. 

8 Apps you Need for your Photography Business

Capture One

Capture One is my editing tool of choice. Whether you are new to photo editing or looking to upgrade from Lightroom Capture One offers powerful tools to make your photo editing smoother and more precise than ever, all with a customisable interface that suits you.

Topaz Labs

For exceptional image results turn to the power of AI. Topaz’s AI image quality enhancers cover everything from denoising an image, sharpening, recovering missed focus or movement blur and even upsizing images by up to 600%!

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Affinity Photo

While many people use Photoshop, Affinity is my advanced editing tool of choice. Lightening fast, and stable it’s the only fully-loaded photo editor integrated across macOS, Windows and iOS. Best of all there is no ongoing subscription fees. Purchase once and use forever. 

Luminar

Luminar 4’s revolutionary tools and AI technologies give superpowers for creative photo editing. It’s easy to use interface makes editing a breeze and best of all there is no ongoing subscription fees. Purchase once and use forever.

Everyday Co

A huge range of photography backdrops and props for all your photography needs.

Use coupon code JENNIFERSCHMIDT for 20% off your order.

Cloudspot

Made by photographers to simplify your online sales, proofing, and image delivery to clients Cloudspot offers a beautiful branded way of delivering your images.

Milanote

Milanote is an easy-to-use tool to organise and plan your photoshoots. Plan your shoot lists, props and share it with your clients for approval. 

The Lawtog

The go-to legal resource for photographer such as photography contracts.

Photography Gear

Canon 5Dsr

A truly stunning and versatile camera. This camera captures amazing details with 50.6 full frame sensor. 

 

 

Sigma 50mm f1.4 Lens

My go to lens for food and product photography. This pro level lens is perfect or shooting everything including portrait photography, landscape photography, studio photography and street photography.

Canon 100mm f2.8 Lens

This lens is a must for any food and product photographer.

 

 

Tripod

A good sturdy tripod that is light enough to take anywhere. 

 

Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash is powerful, yet compact enough to take anywhere. Great for portraits and restaurant photography. 

Godox AD400 Pro Strobe

The Good AD400 Pro is a great studio strobe for food and product photography.