How I Stay Organized with 17hats


As a small business owner, I wear many hats.  I am the photographer, retoucher, secretary, accountant, etc.  As my business has grown, I’ve searched for an online system that would allow me to be all of these things without stressing and breaking the bank.  I wanted to find somewhere that was easy to use, easy to set up, easy to maintain…did I mention that it was easy?!  I wanted a system that had quick and amazing customer service, that listened to its subscribers suggestions on new improvements/updates, and somewhere that provided professional invoices and contracts templates.

FINALLY, I found 17hats.  I was one of the first to sign up when it first launched in 2014 and I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it!  I patiently waited for its release and as soon as I set it up, I was in complete awe.  17hats literally does everything that I need.  I cannot praise 17hats enough…I am IN LOVE and can’t imagine organizing my business without it!

If you’re interested in trying 17hats be sure to use this link or this referral code: liznord for 15% off!!


Favorite features!

– Create and send contracts. Clients can sign online for easy and fast signing!

– Create and send invoices.

– Accept credit card payments online

– Create and send questionnaires in a simply and clean format!

– There is a calendar! This organizes my entire life. No joke.  You can sync the calendar to your phone and Google calendar too, so you’re never without it!


– Create to-do lists for yourself! It reminds you based on the due date you give it and keeps you accountable, which I like.


– Set up a general workflow for each wedding or portrait client you have.  You can always add or subtract things as needed, but never again will you be wondering if you sent that USB to the client yet or if you followed up about the wedding timeline.


– Set up templates for yourself so you don’t have to type the same message to different clients each time! It saves SO much time!

– ALL of this is organized through a client file that you create with their names, contact information, important dates, and more!


– PLUS did I mention that it’s totally affordable?! Someone pinch me!


Bonus features!

– No more quickbooks (I personally can’t stand using quickbooks)! This has all the bookkeeping capability that you’ll need to run that part of your business.

– It tells you the current weather today as well as when the sunset is! No need to go to the weather channel or search for the sunset time!

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– It tells you when your contract, questionnaire, or invoices have been viewed by the clients.  No more wondering if they got your email or not!

– This is not just for photographers! I’ve heard of designers, lawyers, consultants, entertainers, caterers, and other business owners that use 17hats and love it!



************Updated June 2017!!!!************ NEW FEATURES!

  • Multiple calendars – I love that I can organize my life with multiple calendars. I have one for personal things/reminders, and one for business related things. I color coordinate them so I know which is which, too. Plus…it makes my calendar look pretty 😉

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  • Schedule payments/payment plans – I use this with every single one of my wedding day clients. I require a 25% deposit at booking and the remaining balance a month before their wedding date, so I just schedule the invoice for 2 payments. No more confusion on when it’s due! It says the due dates on the bottom of each invoice.

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  • Recurring invoices – This is a cool option if this is something you need! I don’t personally use this, but I love this idea!
  • The app! – 17hats has been working really hard to develop an app for its users and it’s finally here!!

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  • Acceptance of E-checks or ACH (Automated Clearing House) – you now have an option other than waiting forever for a check or paying hundreds of dollars in fees to credit card companies. Your clients can choose the E-check option and you will never pay more than $5 per transaction. WHATTTT??? Life. changed.



What are you waiting for?!

Try it out for yourself and see if 17hats is right for you and your business! Be sure to use this link or use the referral code: liznord to receive 15% off your purchase!




  1. Jenna Keller Linnell

    June 4th, 2015 at 9:52 PM

    OMG I canNOT wait for the app! That’s been the one downfall with 17hats is not having the app! I love using this program <3 Saves tons of time!

  2. Lauren Miller

    June 5th, 2015 at 9:36 PM

    I’m in the same boat with you and Jenna! I am just itching for it to come out!!!

  3. Juliana Sabo

    August 29th, 2015 at 3:46 PM

    Hey, I used your referral code! Thanks! 🙂

  4. lizard

    September 9th, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    You’re very welcome Juliana!!

  5. Carrie Downey

    September 17th, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    Does it work from a web browers on a tablet?

  6. Jenny Fellows

    January 28th, 2016 at 8:00 PM

    Have they added the app yet?

  7. lizard

    February 1st, 2016 at 6:15 PM

    Not to my knowledge! Hopefully soon!

  8. Gina Gaudette Kidd

    March 10th, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    Is this just for photographers?

  9. lizard

    March 12th, 2016 at 5:48 AM

    Hi Gina! No, this is not just for photographers! There are tons of other small business owners that use 17hats! 🙂

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