I am an unorganized mess. I’ve always been this way. If you had looked at my binders in school, you would have just seen a giant chunk of papers. I’d always just throw them in there. Now, with that said, my lack of organization has never really hurt me. I’ve always been able to find things and take care of business, but it has made my life a bit more difficult. Lately my mind has just been overrun with all the things I have going on between teaching, photography, and life. I decided this year to at least get my photography world organized that. I think I’ve found a solution to my mess, 17hats. This 17hats review for photographers will cover what the product is and my experiences with it so far.
17hats Review for Photographers
First of all, let’s look at what 17hats is. 17hats is a website based organizational tool for businesses. It is not tailored just for photographers, so it really will work for most business. I would say, though, that it’s aimed more for smaller businesses than giant corporations. 17hats aims to do what the name says. It takes all the different hats that we wear as business owners and takes over. It’s there to make our life simpler, and from my experience so far, it has.
What Can It Do?
This program has a lot it can do. It has a calendar for keeping track of all your events and meetings, and this calendar can be connected to other calendar software, so you don’t have to look at it only on your phone. I personally connected it to my iCalendar, so I can view it on my Mac or iPhone. It can store all of your contacts for easy access. Yes, it can import them so you don’t have to manually add all of the ones your already have. From your contacts you can create different projects that you need finish. This is a bigger version of the To Do list you can create. Within the projects you can make workflows for things you do regularly to speed up productivity. Last but not least, you can track purchases through the bookkeeping section.
Alright, so that’s all the things it should be able to do, so how well does it work. I really like the overview page that it opens up to. It gives me a quick look at the things I have to do in the next three days and other important information like today’s temperature. I can just look at this page and know what I have to do for the day without going through other sections. The calendar is cool, but it does have a few issues. One, it wasn’t the easiest thing to connect to my iCalendar. I think part of that was I read an old tutorial. Maybe smarter people could do figure it out faster. The other issue with the calendar is you have to add events from 17hats. From what I understand, you can’t add them from iCalendar and have them show up on 17hats. The contact upload was pretty easy, and there’s quite a few sections for adding pertinent information, and I can quickly search to find a person.
The To Do list, Projects, and Workflow is my favorite, favorite thing. I don’t really have a problem remember what I’m supposed to do, but I do need guidance of when to do it. With these three things I can set a due date, so I know when to do each thing. It keeps me focused on what I need to do. The workflow rocks as well. You create a set of steps to accomplish something and a time frame, and it will guide you through it. Before I just kind of did things when I felt like it. Now I am organized. The only thing I would like to see is some more premade templates so I didn’t have to do it all myself, or even better a way to export and upload someone else’s workflows. Within the workflows, there is also a way to create templates for emails. I no longer have to write an email for everything. Now the program tells me when I need to send it out, and all I really do is change a few lines and click send. Awesome.
The Not Great
I only really have two complaints. One, the mobile app isn’t very useful. It only allows you to view a few things and you can’t really create new things like events for the calendar. I do think they are working on it, though, so I bet that will be fixed in the future. The biggest issue I’ve had is with the Bookkeeping option. You should be able to connect a bank account to this, so it will automatically bring in all your numbers for you and then you just put them into categories. I tried this a few times and nothing worked. Funny enough, as soon as I tried it a few minutes ago, it worked. So hopefully it will work for everyone, but I was starting to have my doubts.
I know that was a lot to read for my 17hats review for photographers, but I wanted to make sure I covered all sides of this program. It’s about $200 a year, so it’s not a huge investment but most people want to pick one organizational solution and stick with it. For me, I think 17hats is great, and I’m sure it’s going to help me out with my mess issues in the future.