12 Great Apps For Artistic Solopreneurs 

You’ll Be Glad You Have

By Karen Friedland, Artist & Right Brain Coach.    karen@karenfriedland.com

Here are 12 of the best apps for artistic solopreneurs. They will not only add to your productivity but they will add some fun into your business life. All of them are free or very low cost. They are in no particular order. Let me know which are your faves!

  1. Canva Canva is an incredibly powerful design app that will let you design anything from invitations to your next opening to your latest Instagram post. It lets you import your own images so you can create branding that is unique and personal. All this for free or close to it. My favorite app!
  2. Later. Later is an app that let’s you schedule posts to your favorite social media, particularly Instagram. It’s drag and drop interface makes it really easy to use and it has the advantage of being able to plan how your profile page in Instagram will look.
  3. Mailchimp. Mail Chimp is mailing program where are are you are able to keep a number of lists and able to segment and track them in a variety of ways. You can add your own graphics and images so it is personal and branded. A really important way to stay in touch with your people.
  4. Evernote. Evernote is the place where you can file everything. And then once it is filed, you’ll be able to find it again because Evernote is totally searchable. This can be a life changer.
  5. Asana. Asana is the way you’ll wrangle those big projects. Projects can have so many moving parts and deadlines that they get very hard to keep track of and Asana is the way to do it. You can also share it with the team if you have one.
  6. Dropbox. As an artist, I would find it really hard to live without Dropbox. It is the way I share lots of files with lots of images. Really easy and no cost.
  7. Zoom. Zoom is a fantastic software that makes live and recorded meetings and webinars so that people can see each other and chat with one another as if they are in the same room. There is a free version but your meetings are limited to 40 minutes. Otherwise it costs $15 dollars a month for the basic plan. You can subscribe as you need it.
  8. Wix. Wix is a great way to make yourself a beautiful website that looks very professional for free. However, I suggest you invest the annual fee and get your own URL so that it looks totally professional and no one will ever know that you didn’t yourself!
  9. Square. You need a way for people to pay you and Square is a good way to do that. They send you a device that you plug into your phone or iPad and you can just swipe the credit card with that. For each transaction, they charge 2.75%. That’s the standard in the industry.
  10. Waste No Time. Waste No Time is a new one for me and I’m loving it. It lets you keep track of time that you spend on various websites. But even more cool is that it will block you from a website (like Facebook, for example) when you’re working, after you’ve expended your predetermined amount time. How’s that for getting stuff done!
  11. Quickbooks. Quickbooks isn’t free but it also has lots of levels, even one that they call Freelancers that’s only five dollars a month. For that, you can keep track of all your receipts, your sales, your invoices, your traveled miles, pretty much anything that you would need. Of course, you can always go bigger.
  12. Artwork Archive. A great way to inventory and keep track of all your masterpieces!
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