November 3, 2020

When Free Isn’t Cheap

What tools do you use to run your business?

When I first started my business, I had a whole slew of free tools I was using since I couldn’t afford to invest in anything. I used:

  • YouCanBookMe and Calendly for scheduling appointments
  • PowerPoint and for proposals
  • Word docs uploaded to HelloSign for contracts
  • QuickBooks Online for invoicing (I actually had a free account since I had started my business as a virtual bookkeeper…long story…)
  • Wufoo and JotForm for questionnaires and collecting client info
  • Outlook for manually keeping track of clients and communicating with them

I had quite the tech stack!

But because I was using so many different tools, it was REALLY hard to keep track of things that were happening in my business (luckily I was just starting out and didn’t have many clients yet). It also took a ridiculous amount of time to do things because I was constantly going back and forth between tools and creating new items from scratch every time.

Looking back, it made sense for me as a beginner with few clients, but now that I’m working with several clients at a time simultaneously, it would be a complete nightmare to still be running on all those free tools! Plus, I can’t even imagine how much time I would be wasting trying to manage everything.

When time = money, free doesn’t always add up. More time spent bouncing between free tools means less time working with clients and less money that can be made. That’s why I decided to invest in Dubsado, which replaces every single one of the tools I was previously using to run my business (and then some!).

With Dubsado, I have a fully automated process that requires very little effort from me to run it. This means I have more time and brain space to dedicate to my clients, which in turn gives them a better experience and makes them even more likely to refer more business my way! It’s a total win-win!

What about you? Are you still running your entire business on free tools? Don’t your clients deserve more of your undivided attention?

If you’re ready to level up and invest in ONE tool that can help you run your entire business, I’ve got an affiliate link (code: sarahleighday) you can use to sign up for Dubsado. This code gets you 20% off your first month or year subscription!

Ready to upgrade your client experience, but have no idea where to begin? Click the button below and schedule a free consultation with me to get started!

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