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PRODUCT REVIEW AND DEMO: 17 HATS

GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER WITH 17 HATS…

There’s been a lot of chatter in boudoir photography forums lately about studio management software. If there’s anyone who needed to get their act together, it was ME. As my business volume increased month to month, the need to invest became more and more apparent.

I discovered 17Hats Studio Management software during its pre-launch phase last year. After working on Studio Cloud software (free and subscription version) for a few years, this was a refreshing change. Game changer. It’s actually made my business operations fun to manage once again!

Less expensive than Tave or ShootQ, but more functional and dynamic than Studio Cloud, it has a lot of features packed-in. Clients and photographers began complimenting me how organized and well-run my business, which I noticed immediately after implementing 17Hats.

Curious? Here’s a demo…

Invoicing, bookkeeping and workflow traction are the bomb. If you manage payment plans, what you’ll miss here (vs. Tave) is automatic invoice billing (although I hear it’s in the works). Some comment it has less functional marketing capabilities than Tave or ShootQ, but I’d argue you can get pretty creative with your workflow and functionality here to make it worth your while.
All in all, this is the single most important investment I’ve made for my New Jersey boudoir business in the past year. It’s improved my quality of life as well as my overall client experience.

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  • May 12, 2015 - 1:55 PM

    Ryan - The one thing I didn’t see in your review was multiple company abilities.

    I run 3 “businesses” under one company to target different markets. (Family, boudoir and nature.) Is this possible? I know I could use the tags but it is logo’s, e-mail and website that are different for each. All of the monies end up in one account but for marketing reasons I need to have them separated.

    Thank-you for the review!

    RyanReplyCancel

  • May 18, 2015 - 2:52 PM

    Melissa - Hi Cate, I noticed that you indicated that 17Hats will work with Stripe. I happen to use Square for payment processing. Can any payment processing service work with 17Hats?ReplyCancel

  • September 11, 2015 - 5:19 PM

    Rayleigh Leavitt - Thanks so much for the review on 17Hats! I currently use Tave and the functionality seems similar to 17Hats, but I like the look of 17Hats better and it costs less. But I’ll have to see what is involved in switching over. I’d hate to lose all the work I did to enter everything in to Tave (orders for each client, etc). I know you can export/import client info but I’m not sure what all will transfer over. Sounds like a big headache!ReplyCancel

  • January 6, 2016 - 11:10 AM

    Tracy Russell - Cate,
    Your video about 17Hats was very helpful! I’m currently on the free trial of it and am very impressed!
    The only question I have is how do you put your order invoices together? I was hoping to have a function where I can input all of my prices for prints, albums, frames, ect so I can just call those up when a client orders. They don’t have that function (yet, I’m told they are working on it), so I’m just wondering how others go about that.
    I love the idea of having EVERYTHING in one program so I would really love help with that area!
    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2016 - 2:06 PM

      Cate Scaglione - I am so glad you’re loving it! I love it too. I manually enter my invoices then save them as invoice templates. I kind of enter them as collections, and then hit save. But I also have them as individual invoices. A drop down menu would be fantastic! I am sure it’s in the works.
      Check out the 17Hats Facebook forum… A lot of questions get answered there directly by the product managers which you may find helpful…ReplyCancel

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