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As the busy season approaches, we are all looking for ways to save time in our family photography businesses. While a CRM is a great way to streamline your business, this is not a project you should attempt during the busy season. So today let’s discuss how to setup your Dubsado account with the least amount of pain, in a minimally viable type of way.
While I offer Done in a Day Dubsado setups for family photographers, I am a professional LOL. For someone jumping into Dubsado (or any CRM) for the first time, I don’t expect you could complete a full setup in just a few hours. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t spend a few hours to setup your account in a bare minimum way to accept new leads and book the clients quickly.
So here is my suggested plan of action to spend 3 hours doing a bare minimum setup so that you can streamline part of your booking process before the busy season hits.
So in 2-3 hours you can be completely ready to process leads into your account in Dubsado (or virtually any other CRM).
There are a lot of brand-specific things you can do in Dubsado, but doing the bare minimum here are the only ones you NEED to start accepting clients.
This should be a copy & paste job from emails that you already have. If you need a list of suggested emails (bare minimum):
*I teach automated/templated follow-up emails in my Love Your Leads Toolkit and include all the email templates I use for the inquiry stage. If you want more information, click HERE. Best $37 you will ever spend 😘
I am talking bare minimum here again guys. Just enter your signature offer or what you plan to sell during the Fall busy season. Price and description only, you can get fancy or add in your entire offerings in January or on an as-needed basis.
If you copy & paste your contract into one text block, add in your logo, use a smart field to populate what they are booking, and a signature line for yourself and the client, you can have this done in 5-10 minutes. If your contract has additional smart fields or you have a lot of sections you want then to initial, this might take closer to 30 minutes to format.
If you do session fee and then collections after you only need a PAY IN FULL payment schedule. This would be Relative: 0 days after the contract is signed + 100% due. No payment reminders are required.
If you have a retainer + balance situation, then create a second payment schedule with your desired parameters.
It pains me to say “do the minimum” because these are definitely the jewel of the Dubsado forms. However, at the bare minimum, a proposal can just be your logo, the package prices, and then collect their personal information. In the SETTINGS tab click to show both an invoice and a contract you create in step 4. TIP: if you only offer one product, just preselect it and leave off the SELECT button.
NOTE: this is the meat and potatoes of Dubsado, but this can certainly wait until you have more time to work on it. To do the bare minimum, you only need to setup a workflow that will send the auto-response email when someone completes your lead capture form. That takes you only a few minutes to create.
*In January you can dive into the world of workflows and really streamline/automate your business. NOTE: this doesn’t necessarily mean automatically do things for the client, let’s start with what it can do for you!
You can totally use the default lead capture to save time now and add in additional questions later. NOTE: If you offer more than one service (and you need BOTH for busy season), just be sure to add in a workflow question so you can send the appropriate auto-response email to all inquiries based on that service. The approximate time includes embedding the form on your website.
That’s it guys, less than 3 hours of prep/implementation and you can have a streamlined process to book your clients for the busy season. I hope this makes the busy season just a little more bearable for you this year 👏🏽
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Ready to setup your entire Dubsado account?
Check-out my course CRM Blueprint which gives you my Dubsado signature system for family photographers. With my templates + how-to videos you could be completely setup in less than 10 days 😍
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