Chances are you have a smartphone with a myriad apps that you use everyday. Are you using apps to make managing your art gallery business easier? How about running your life easier? Here we will look at five apps that can help you keep you and your staff working more efficiently.
The apps highlighted below were chosen from many similar apps because they can help you form better productivity and life habits, keep you better organized with gallery management, enable you to have better follow-up with prospective collectors and make it easier for you to continually learn new skills. They are all well designed and widely used by other savvy business owners.
Coach.me (formally known as Lift) is designed to help you break bad habits and form new, better, more productive habits. It has numerous categories for different parts of your life that may need a little work.
Some of the categories are listed below and each includes a number of habits within those categories. You can choose a habit to work on, such as prioritize tasks every morning and then track your progress over time. But you don’t have to go it alone. Each habit has a support group built in of others who are working on the same thing. You can ask questions and help others with the new habit forming endeavor. The app also enables you to hire a coach if you need a little extra push.
Category samples include
- Personal growth
- Get Fit
- Practice a Skill
- Be Productive
- Quit a Bad Habit
- Create Daily Habits
We all have things to work on in order to be effective in both our personal and professional lives. This app is a really helpful tool to help you achieve your goals.
This is a cool “To do” app. You can create lists for your tasks and projects, both personal and business, all in one place. The free version is pretty great, but they also have a pro version that can help you keep up with everything your gallery staff needs to do as well.
With the pro version, you can share tasks via email with gallery staff and artists. The app allows you to create notes within tasks as well to keep expectations clear. Larger projects, such as preparing for a fair or gallery event can be broken down into smaller sub-tasks. The pro version is only $5 a month. Wunderlist allows you to organize tasks into folders, set reminders and repeat tasks. If you feel overwhelmed with all that is required in running your gallery business, Wunderlist may become your best friend.
This is such as great way to keep learning while on the go. Audible has a wonderful selection of audio books about sales, marketing, business and personal growth. Listening during your commute, on a plane or just while cleaning the gallery or hanging a show is an great way to keep up your knowledge base when you are pressed for time.
As an art gallery owner, take some advice from Dr. Seuss and read a lot. It will take you and your gallery business to new places. Reading business books is not always as fun as good mystery novel, but Audible makes it easier to learn something new while multitasking.
Evernote’s tagline is Remember Everything. This is an amazing app for saving and keeping all your information and ideas organized. It can be used for keeping notes, saving articles you find online, outlining content for the gallery blog or ideas for a unique gallery event. It also allows you to share folders or notes with others.
If you have an idea in the middle of the night or standing in line at the grocery store, make a quick note in Evernote and you be able to find it when you are ready to plan and implement that idea. Evernote also allows you to work from your computer or smartphone and keep everything synced. It can be an invaluable tool for any creative business owner because it is so versatile.
When things get busy in the gallery with collectors and prospects, it can be easy to let communications fall through the cracks. Following up in a timely manner is critical to good client relationships and sales efforts. FollowUp.cc helps you send better, more personal email at the optimal time.
Your gallery’s collectors expect personal communication with you. FollowUp.cc is all about nurturing relationships and making your life easier. Say you have a busy client who inquired about a piece of art. You emailed them information and are waiting to hear back. With FollowUp:cc, you can automate the followup with a personal email and set it to go out in a two days if they have not responded. FollowUp magically knows they did not reply. Or you can schedule a reminder to follow up by having an email reappear at the top of your inbox. No more searching through your inbox for that last email. It’s a great time saver and helps you never forget to follow up with an important opportunity in a timely manner again.
Running a successful art gallery is not easy. You are often pulled in many directions and have a wide range of responsibilities. By using technology such as these apps, you might just make the management of your gallery business a little easier. It’s important to keep learning new ways to run your business and to constantly seek out of the box inspiration. Embrace technology and create more balance in your life and business.
Which apps do you use now that you couldn’t live without?