Right: One of Táve’s many convenient features is the ability
to create and send proposals from within the software.
Táve Studio Manager
A full-featured management tool, Táve offers pretty much all you need
to run and track your studio business. In addition to creating detailed
proposals and/or questionnaires for each client, Táve does the follow-up
for you by tracking open jobs and important leads. The software also
keeps you on track with your tasks and appointments, and the studio
calendar can be shared online so team members also have access to
Many options are available, too. For example, you can set up to four
signatures on a contract and you can also set custom payment schedules. Online support is available via messaging or you can join the Táve
Facebook group. Either way, this software’s features provide a solid
workflow for your studio business. RF
Price: $25-$32/month www.tave.com
This cross-platform computer-based tool provides a wide range of
studio management functions including scheduling, which takes
into account availability of team members and/or assistants. You
can also track appointments and leads, easily manage email, track
orders, invoice clients and more. Perhaps what’s most interesting
is that Success Ware provides industry standard pricing and allows
you to quickly analyze your bid and expenses against those prices
to calculate profitability. This calculator will make it easy to adjust
your bid and pricing as needed and, essentially, make sure you’re
on the right track to achieving your financial goals.
Price: From $49/month www.successware.net
Left: In addition to scheduling and financial options, Success Ware
provides detailed records of clients and follow up reminders.
StudioPlus offers three options for photographers including the
new cloud-based myStratus 2013, as well as its Spectra desktop version and InspiredBy You.com (an e-commerce site). With
myStratus, users benefit from many of the same features as
the desktop software including scheduling, client management,
invoicing, emailing, texting and online image storage. Because
the data is stored in the cloud, information is available via Web
browser as well as an iOS app (iPad and iPhone). As of press
time, Stratus was only available in the Express, single-user edition; the Standard version was available as a Preview release
and the Professional edition slated for 2014.
Spectra also has a free Express single-user edition (add more
users for a fee), which is good for those who are just starting
their studio business and/or on a tight budget. There are also
Standard, Professional, Enterprise and OnLocation versions,
each of which offers a broader feature set, along with a higher cost. Keep in mind, Spectra is Windows-based only, but the
cloud-based Stratus offers more flexibility.
Price: Spectra, free with options starting at $67/month; MyStratus2013, from $30/month
Above: StudioPlus Software offers a range of product options, including the
new myStratus cloud-based software pictured here.