Spoiler: I have chosen Dubsado for my business and absolutely love it.
I spent weeks and weeks looking for the perfect CRM for me.
A bit of backstory, I am a wedding and portrait photographer and at the beginning of my business I was using gmail and google sheets to keep track of all my clients. With my wedding clients I have about 10 emails that I send out throughout their journey with me, this includes questionnaires, check-ins, helpful tips, etc. And I was doing all of this manually– which meant, things fell through the cracks.
After one year of photographing over 150 clients, I knew I needed some help. So I tried every single trial of every single CRM and after over 2 weeks of testing, I came to my conclusion. Dubsado was the CRM for me.
What made Dubsado such a standout? For me it was the vast amount of features yet wonderfully built and designed. I wanted a CRM that I could build out and customize to do exactly what I had in my head. And with the help of the fantastic customer support team, I finally have the perfect workflow.
With all CRMs, there is an onboarding period. And during this time you’re going to feel overwhelmed and frustrated. But just stick with it. I promise it’s worth it. A couple of top tips? 1. Write out your entire desired workflow on paper. 2. Write all of your templated emails first, then add them into your workflow. 3. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help!
Now let’s get into some pros and cons of Dubsado, HoneyBook, 17Hats and Sprout Studio!
According to Dubsado’s website, “Dubsado is a business management solution designed to cut out the busywork. Build relationships, schedule appointments, and create workflows to streamline your projects from start to finish.”
Price: $35/month or $350/year
Free Trial: Unlimited time with 3 clients
If you want to learn more about Dubsado and why I love it, view this post about more in depth features!
According to Honeybooks website, “HoneyBook was established in 2013 by four friends with a shared vision for helping freelancers and creative business owners live a life built on passion and purpose.”
Price: $39/month or $390/year
Free trial: 7 days
According to 17Hats website, “As budding entrepreneurs, we had a vision for what life would be like. Calling the shots. Balancing life and work. But soon reality set in […] We looked around for something that would streamline administrative tasks and make business easier. Nothing was elegant. Simple. All-in-one. So, four years ago, we created 17hats – and never looked back.”
Pricing: $45/month or $295/year
Free trial: 7 days
According to Sprout Studio’s website, “Studio management suite built for photographers by photographers.”
Price: $49/month or $540/year
Trial: 21 days
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