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Apps that make life just a little easier

There are tons of apps out there.  Here are just a few that I’ve found that make my like a hell of a lot easier:

Evernote – What else can I say… I FRIGGIN’ LOVE THIS APP! (yes, the bold, all-caps font were completely necessary).  I use this application for notes on the go, lyrics, musings, and even clipping web pages for reference.  The built-in audio recorder is by far one of my favorite features.

I highly recommend coming up with the $45/year for premium membership.  The 1 gig monthly upload limit and the ability to keep a backup notebook on my smart phone is a piece of mind in itself.

HootSuite – This is one of the best social media management tools I’ve used! Because I only manage a couple of twitter pages and my personal Facebook page, the free version is perfectly sufficient. Yes, you can call me a cheap skate. Yes, I’ll probably tell you to fu** right off. To be honest, the pro version is a bit spendy at $9.95/month. They also have an enterprise version (for a top-secret, fight-club “we don’t talk about it” price).

One of the many features I really like about HootSuite is that it allows you to integrate other applications – such as RSS feeds, Instagram, and Tumblr – all within your dashboard.  This is also one of the only platforms that has Google+ integration, which is awesome!

HootSuite has also unveiled a feature that allows internal conversations among team members and colleagues in real-time. It’s a very cool feature that I look forward on using more.

Hojoki – This application ties everything together. Put your keys is similar to a social networking site within your applications such as Evernote, HootSuite, Dropbox, Google Drive, Google calendar, Twitter, and a slew of other apps you may or may not use.  The threaded conversation is a great way to stay up to speed on what’s going on across multiple applications.

WordPress logoWordPress – what started out as a simple blogging platform has evolved into a Web design powerhouse.  WordPress is my first choice as a platform for website development!  There are tons of SEO benefits; just try doing a web search and you will find a plethora of information about how this works.  In layman’s terms… this ranks you higher in an organic web search without having to pay money. BONUS!

If you can use MS word you can use WordPress. It’s just that simple.

Square – As a performing musician this application is a godsend.  Previously, I was using a merchant account that not only had a monthly fee, but also processing fees on top of that… needless to say, that hurt the slim margins we already had.  Square charges and you only pay when the transactions processed. Additionally the charge a 2.75 percent transaction fee very reasonable considering you can swipe MasterCard Visa American Express or Discover cards.  This app can increase

dropbox logoDropbox – Ahh yes, cloud storage!  This has been an invaluable tool when collaborating with fellow musicians where proximity is an issue.  Out of all the cloud storage programs I’ve used, Dropbox is the most reliable and seems to have the fastest sync times.

Brown Paper Tickets – I started using this application more and more considering the change in environment with the music industry. Brown Paper Tickets (BPT) allows you to act as your own ticket vendor by scheduling, advertising, marketing. Essentially you cut out 1 more person as a middleman with their finger in the pie… this means more money for you as an artist.


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