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StudioCloud: Business Management Software
If you own a small business, you know how hard it is to manage all the aspects on your own. Invoicing? Taxes? Client details? Scheduling? I was close to making my husband come up with some kind of custom software to help me with it all.
Then my fabulous friend, photographer Caitlin Domanico, told me about StudioCloud. At first I wrote it off for a couple months as a photographer based software. But one day I really couldn’t take the lack of organization I was dealing with and took a second look.
StudioCloud is being advertised as business management software for photographers, videographers, designers, physical and massage therapists and more. And best of all, the basic functionality is FREE! I had nothing to lose and jumped right in.
I admit I didn’t quite understand all the options of the software. Ok, I still don’t. But beyond what I really need, I just haven’t had the time to look into it. The parts I am using though are outstanding. The client section let’s you input a number for that person or business, their business name (if applicable), the client or contact’s name, address, phone number, emails, notes, referral information and more. There’s also a section to put prospective clients before they’ve made the commitment to you.
My favorite part of this program is the invoicing section. Invoices used to take me 30 minutes or more by editing a PDF and now they take a few minutes. You can make a products price list or services price list that you can search and then drag and drop into new invoices. You can also determine what is taxed and what isn’t, edit the sales tax setting for your specific state and so much more. Once sales start finalizing, you can view and print reports on your income.
My second favorite part of StudioCloud? The sales tax table that shows me what I owe the state from my sales. I can sort it any way I want but the easiest is by quarter. This also saves me a ton of time and I don’t have to sit for hours on end grabbing the numbers from my invoices and adding everything up for when I file. So very easy.
There are of course add-ons for the service with the most popular one being CloudBoost. This is meant for one user to be able to sync their data in the cloud and access it from any other computer or internet enabled device. If you have an Android, iPhone, Blackberry, or mobile internet browser, you can access the data there too! This add-on is $30/month.
I can’t do the thing justice just by talking about it so I urge any small business owners who don’t yet have a wonderfully convenient system in place for managing their business, to give StudioCloud a try. With the cost being free, it’s a no brainer.