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I love education.
I love outsourcing.

I'm Colie James

Colie James

Here are my favorite tools & Service providers I use in my own business or highly recommend!

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Pic-Time allows me to automate the delivery portion of my photography services. Their marketing apps and slideshow creation app leads to higher product sales



Showit gives you the most flexibility in design of any other website designer. Easy navigation and the ability to show off images, makes creating a highly converting website easy.



I use a client relationship manager throughout my inquiry, booking, and onboarding stages of the client experience. With beautiful forms + automated workflows, my business practically runs on autopilot.



Client Management

Website Creation + Hosting

Photo Online Gallery Software

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Business Tools

I use a lot of tools in my business and I wouldn't give you a recommendation I wouldn't use myself. These are my top three, can't live without tools.

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You deserve to turn your craft into a business that brings them joy and profit. On the podcast, you'll hear a no-BS approach to what it takes to prioritize systems and strategies that will ensure your creative business is profitable rather than an expensive side-hustle. 

Business-First Creatives Podcast

Tools + Resources

Podcasting Tools + Resources

Starting a podcast this year was a beast, but so worth it! The tools listed below are the ones I settled on after a ton of research. Best part? You can automatically move your podcast from one application to the next using their tools!

Is starting a podcast on your goal-list? 

This podcast host makes it easy to upload your podcast episodes to Apple, submit your show to the main directories, and magic mastering makes EVERYONE on the audio sound great!


This is like the Canva of the video/audio editing world. Transcribe audio or video in minutes with easy editing tools to eliminate word gaps, overdub, and so much more!


This application allows you to create a separate studio for each type of recordings, download separate audio and video for each participant, plus trim, edit + export different clips from each episode!


Podcast Recording

Podcast Editing

Podcast Hosting

If you are interviewing guests for your fabulous podcast, you need systems to manage it all. To simplify things, you might want to manage this alongside your business inside your CRM. Click below to grab a toolkit to manage your podcast guests with ease.

podcast planner toolkit

Templates & Strategy to Manage & Book Your Podcast Guests

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Resources specifically for photographers


This is the best course I have ever taken, period. If you need a complete system to create a sustainable and profitable photography business, you need this course! *I have a bonus inside on automations!

Simple Sales Blueprint


Words are important, even for visual artists like us. Photographers, if you want help writing a website that sounds like you and gets you booked, Rachel + Crew are your people! Done for you or templates available!

Green chair stories

AI CUlling

Save hours per session while their magical unicorns cull your sessions. I use Aftershoot to make my first pass, eliminating any images that were out-of-focus, blinking eyes, or motion blur.


Photo Editing

The best part of working with The Image Salon is their onboarding process designed to learn & replicate your process.  I outsource my images and they look just like my editing!

The Image Salon


The course that teaches you all the skills you need to avoid burnout. Learn how to create a schedule, plan your time well, market your business intentionally and set your business up for long term success and sustainability. You need this in your life. Work-life balance can exist!

The aligned photographer

Dubsado or Honeybook

This is my very own client experience implementation course for creatives. Let's get your backend streamline and automated so you have more time to work ON your business instead of in it!

CRM Blueprint

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