My Favorite Apps for my Art Business in 2021

What a time to be alive. In 2021, you can literally start and run an entire business from your phone. I will be making a blog post about exactly how to do that soon, but in the meantime I thought I would just share some of my favorite apps that I use mostly daily.

This is not sponsored btw, these are literally the apps I use.

  1. Shopify. This is the most obvious. It’s the platform I use to run my website and my store and to add products, post to this blog, and so on. There are many platforms for this, but I prefer Shopify if you are looking to do e-commerce. It’s easy to work with, highly customizable with no coding skills required and it has everything you need to get your business going. 
  2. Tik Tok. This is where I do my live streams. Tik Tok is a great platform to build an audience on because you can literally do anything and you don’t need a following to go viral or for people to see your content. It has IMO the highest growth potential in a short time frame with the least tedious work put into it. 
  3. Twitter. Twitter is old school, but it’s where I have the biggest following. It’s the easiest to build steadily if you are willing to put in the work, but it’s tedious and takes a lot of patience. 
  4. Facebook/Instagram. I grouped these together because I use them mostly in tandem. Instagram especially isn’t the easiest to grow on. But the ad platform can be useful in the right market. There are just so many stronger ways to advertise now that are easier, cheaper and reach people faster, especially if you are just starting out and don't have the budget. It's great to occasionally experiment with $10, but it can also be a complete gamble unless you know the ropes. I do still love it for reaching very specific audiences and getting very fine tuned with your analytics. 
  5. Patreon. My Patreon has been nearly neglected for a while now. I really need to get it back up and on point, but it’s still a pretty great platform for artists. You can make any sort of offer you want and it’s just another great passive income for people who want to support artists. 
  6. YouTube. This should just go without saying. I owe most of my business skills to Google and YouTube. Knowledge is free and abundantly available you guys. If you don’t know how to do something, Google that shit. Watch a video about how to do it. It’s there. Make it happen. Also, start a YouTube channel. I’m only starting mine, but the potential for passive income is massive. 
  7. Cash App, PayPal, Venmo, Square. Make sure you have them all. The more ways to have to offer people to pay you, the easier it will be to make sales. They do carry different fees, but baby, that’s the price of doing business. 
  8. Time Clock. I’m sure there are a variety of apps for this, this is just a really basic one I like to use just to keep myself on task. When you work for yourself sometimes days will get away from you and you might realize you didn’t get any work done and couldn’t stay on task. I use this app to keep track of my time. I clock in and out like a regular job so when I’m “clocked in” I’m more encouraged to stay on task and work on work related activities. 
  9. Canva. Basically if you want to make marketing material and have zero experience or background or budget, this app will give you all the help you could need. It’s very cut and paste, but also highly customizable. And don’t even pay for it honestly. If you want to have a lot more options it really is pretty cheap if it’s within your budget and worth it to you, but it’s HIGHLY unnecessary. I’ve done it both ways, I don’t currently pay for it. There are so many free options, it’s pretty great. 
  10. iMovie. I’m not sure what the Android equivalent is. Free movie editing software. If you want to do YouTube or make any sort of video content, which I highly recommend, you want video editing software. It really is not necessary to get crazy about this. Whatever free software is on your phone or easily available will do to start. iMovie is actually a really great option if you have an Apple product. One app I used a free version at one point was Splice. I did end up paying for it for a while but then ultimately left it to go back to free options. I recently upgraded to Adobe Creative, but still highly recommend the free options for those with a more modest budget. 

New Editions!!

  1. Mint. Now that I need to keep a closer eye on my spending I added Mint to my apps. I haven’t used it much yet, but so far I’m really loving the features. It keeps track of all your accounts in one place, shows you exactly where you are spending and gives you a highly customizable budget. 
  2. QuickBooks. Again. Mo’ money, mo problems. As I get more legit, I get more legit. Ya feel me? So I’m leveling up my game and getting my official apps in order. I do have some other legal stuff to get worked out before I really get into this app, but I just wanted to add it as a memo for my own records of growth. 
  3. Robinhood. I really wanted to start learning about investments this year. I BARELY started here too, but it’s fun to watch. I also literally just downloaded Stash yesterday, so I’m excited to play with both of those apps as well.

For Fun.

  1. Spotify. Duh. Cuz how would I get anything done without music. Love Spotify. Tried many of the other music apps, just you get everything for what you’re paying for. Also podcasts, which is great, to just have it all in one place.
  2. DuoLingo. I have been trying to learn French since 6th grade. I swear one day… Anyway, I love DuoLingo. It’s also completely free unless you decide otherwise. There are so many languages. I go through phases where I’m obsessed for a few months and then can’t bring myself to open it because once I start again I won’t stop for weeks. It’s a weird dynamic. 
  3. Co-Star. Think what you want about astrology. If you know, you know. Co-Star will give you your charts and help you compare with friends. Get daily horoscopes and insight to your exact chart information and more. 
  4. Moon Phase. I have really been working to get aligned with the moon this year. I do specific activities in relation to the moon and I plan things accordingly. Moon Phase has been absolutely essential for me to just quickly look up info about the moon.
  5. Scribd. More knowledge. For the same monthly fee as a streaming service Scribd gives access to thousands of books across all the genres. I credit Scribd to so much of my education both in business and spiritually. Having open access to that many books and audiobooks has been a true game changer for me. 
  6. Khan Academy. Free education. Math. Science. Art. Economics. Everything you were supposed to learn in school with thorough instructional videos and easy to use  learning modules. I actually learned how much I love math from this app. Great for children and adults. It’s never too late to learn and knowledge is beautiful and powerful. When people ask what games I play on my phone, this is my game app. I don’t have any “game” apps.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to comment below, email me at bear@withlovebear.net, or message me on any of my social media accounts.

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