Running a business is the best thing ever. It’s also an undertaking including those not so best things ever, such as: filing taxes, saving receipts for every work expense imaginable, advertising amongst the other 38426230 hair/makeup artists out there, prepping for the busy vs. not-so-busy seasons, doing any sort of math, etc….
All that to say, the pros T O T A L L Y win for me. I am usually on-the-go, working all over central FL, and it’s crazy important being able to run my business more efficiently, and not have to be at my office to do it. These nifty apps help the way I do business, and I hope they can help you too!!
This is exclusively what I use for ALL of my estimates and invoices – and it is AMAZING. I can create and send an invoice in under a minute, and I can do it all from my iPhone, iPad, or Macbook.
There are so many times working weddings, when the bridal party will add on services on the spot, and I am able to update their totals, and send receipts so incredibly effortlessly. Whenever I’ve emailed my questions/comments, they have given quick, personal responses. Way to go on that customer service!!!
2. Mile IQ
Since I am fully on-location, sometimes I’m driving close to 200-700 miles a week. Having accurate records of my work miles, tolls, parking, etc. can be super useful come tax time!
Mile IQ is amazing, because it records your travel without even opening the app. As soon as you start driving, it just knows (sounds creepy, but it’s awesome for people who don’t remember to track the miles until it’s too late…. AKA me). I am able to log into my account on my computer, and “log” whether each trip was business or personal. I can name the trips to remember which client it relates to, and even add specific Sunpass totals.
Throw that old notepad in your glovebox away!!! You will thank me!
3. Scanner Pro
Before I start, yes… I do own a printer/scanner at home. BUT, so many times I have documents that need to be scanned on-the-go, and I have to use my phone. This is the best scanning app I’ve come across. When I write checks for booth/studio rental and for the artists who work on my hair/makeup team, this app is so clear, precise, and easy to use. You can upload your scans on Google Drive, or email — It’s great!
This company markets to entrepreneurs and/or the people who want to be productive! If you are constantly writing down tasks, this is perfect for you! I love Swipes because: 1. The design is really cute. 2. Writing down your tasks, and deciding what needs to get done, helps ACTUALLY get things done. 3. You can use it in conjunction with Evernote…….
How did you guess this would be my next one?! 😉
I mostly use Evernote to compile info on a client’s date/venue/how many services/quote/etc. I have to write notes down, or I will forget things (Give me that raised hand emoji if I’m not alone). I can even change the fonts and colors of my text, which some of you probably do not care about, but those kind of features keep my attention. Any note you create can be shared for others to view and edit themselves. Awesome for collaborations from photoshoot concepts to presentations!!
Now, go download these and make your business B E T T E R!
3 Ways to HELP YOU Propel in the Entertainment Industry
One of my awesome friends, Lisa, made a Periscope broadcast with me recently + we got a lot of good feedback from the viewers! Lisa works in front of the camera with acting + comedy, + I work behind the scenes doing the hair + makeup. We’ve both had experience in TV production, and wanted to share 3 things that have helped shaped the both of us in our careers!
This is vital for any success working with other people – anywhere!!!! You never know who knows who.
I’m someone who’s comfortable being by myself/working by myself/etc… When I’ve spent 14+ hours with the same, large group of people, it can wear on me. It can be stressful keeping a positive, happy energy for your team.
Picking up the slack, going above your job description, + SHOWING KINDNESS are things that I value in the people I work with. In the stressful moments, let your character + kindness shine. I have been referred for jobs by people I never even thought knew my name or paid attention to my work. Others really do notice.
Listening to who is in charge + really acting on their information makes you a valuable asset. For my business team, I look for artists who are willing to learn with an excited, genuine heart. Artists who will be understanding if they need to redo something.
When I’m assisting projects, I make it my goal to be respectful, attentive, and a fast learner. The mentality that you are too good to learn a few things won’t get you very far. There is so much in the hair + makeup world that I have to learn. I am open to learning! Asking questions puts you in a good place. It shows you are interested + want to be the best you can be. The ability to be molded and shaped for specific projects automatically adds worth to your work.
Industry standards say that if you’re 10 minutes early – you’re on time, + if you are on time – you’re late. There’s a lot of fast paced hurrying… just to sit down + wait.
I do a lot of photoshoots on a large scale, where we will shoot roughly 150 looks in just a weekend. For the talent, there is a lot of deferring to the photographer’s time schedule. I’ve had talent tell me, “I’ve been just sitting here waiting for two hours!!”. That kind of attitude isn’t something that’s going to propel you in the entertainment industry. It shows that you are not willing to do what it takes or to defer to who’s running the schedule. Ain’t nobody got time for a diva. 😉
Being time conscious, + #hustlin’ to get the work done is EXACTLY what you are hired for!!!
I hope this encourages you to pursue the amazing opportunities this industry has to offer!
You can do it!!!!
Inspiration Is Everywhere?
WHY is inspiration so hard to find? You can’t force it. Sometimes it comes at the strangest times, when you’re least expecting. Stop looking for it to jump out at you, + take action with these 5 steps!
1. Get up + go to a location that makes you happy.
Most of us do not have the luxury of taking a quick flight to our favorite city, but think about how many places you could easily go to that would make you smile. Probably some of them are less than an hour away even!
My husband, Chris, has a love for big cities. Believe me, I do too! But something about exploring new places, + the sunny rooftops, + walking the streets just makes him come alive. Some of our deepest conversations about life are had after a day in the city. It’s a place that makes him smile… along with posting 35,937 #latergrams. (The secrets out – sorry Babe..)
The Starbucks drive-thru, Forever21 – with hands full of sale items, + some straight lounging poolside are happy places for me. When my mind unwinds, it is inspired by the world around me.
2. Do something you are good at.
Release your gifting and the thing you can do well. Who cares if no one is watching!!! Do it for yourself. You’ll be proud of what you create, and your work will be an instant encouragement!
4. Give yourself permission to fail.
If inspiration does not come, start by making steps in the right direction. Allow yourself to fail. Miserably. And multiple times. If you are not exactly okay with that option, just scroll through www.PinterestFail.com until you are. Possessing the knowledge of what doesn’t work for you, can be as vital as knowing the exact thing that does.
5. Take a long shower.
^ Yes, I’m joking. However, if you actually do decide to use this tactic, don’t forget to bring your notepad. 😉
Denim Top, Sunnies / Forever 21
Skirt, Jewelry / Lauren Conrad Collection at Kohls
Heels / Target
Top, Jeans, Jewelry / Forever 21
Heels / Payless
Photos by the lovely Emma Shourds Photography !!!!