How do you do it all? They always ask. My answer is simply, barely and I don’t. I can’t. But what I can do, I do with ease and help. From my husband, babysitters, grandmothers, tribe, I have a huge support system in place. I also have a smartphone which makes life so much easier. Here are five apps I am using to help save time while I am working so I can use all that extra to try and be the best mom I can.
I work from home but admittingly, I do not own a fax machine (ugh I don’t think most people do anymore) or a scanner (but porque and for why?). So when I get that email that says “please sign and fax back” I think really? Because…2015. With this app, I can read over contracts, sign, date, initial and email back quickly. I also do this during lunchtime while my monsters are eating and no one is the wiser. Best part, when someone says they haven’t had a chance to look at it but DocuSign has informed me that it was been viewed, I know in advance how this deal is going to go.
My daughter was going to have a “play date” party with the girls in her class for her birthday. Cupcakes and pizza and done! Easy right? Except it was less than two weeks out and I forgot to buy invites and had no desire to head to the store for 14 little paper invites. So instead, I emailed the moms free invites created on this app. Come my girlfriend’s birthday and the holidays, I can buy and mail out paper cards for less than a card would cost at the store, and they have Kate Spade. I never have to get off the couch. Win.
This app saved my life when I was pregnant with my son. We all know how cold December 2013 was with temperatures dropping below zero in the double digits. I wasn’t leaving my house so I signed up to do my groceries on Peapod. My first order was $15 off and I had a free shipping coupon. The next time, I ordered earlier enough and scheduled my delivery 4 days out and saved $4. Today, I ordered again using coupon code FALL2015 to get free shipping until December. Basically, there are ways to save more than just the one time and ultimately, the time saved not having to load two kids (soon to be three) kids in to the car to do groceries will save me an entire morning. As a busy working mom, that is huge!
In my business, I am dealing with more than one person and invoicing many. For the longest time, my system was manual and my bookkeeping was horrid. I was sending word document invoices but it wasn’t until I realized how many countless hours I spend following up, writing our my expenses and other boring jargon, as well as actually losing money that I decided I needed to sit down and look at the “boring” side of business. WAVE app was a way for me to invoice from my phone on the go, while also keeping track of my finances on desktop saving me an entire day of work that I could be sending with my little ones instead cutting my work week down a day.
There is a huge difference between the two. One is free and the other charges $15. To me, that is huge. I use Hootsuite to schedule most if not all of my social media posts as of late. I haven’t been the greatest at it and in 2016 have planned to make a bigger effort but really social media can be a time suck and as a mom, I no longer have that time. Now, CoSchedule is an app that also helps with all of that, however, I personally have never used it but a lot of people in my industry swear by it and I am highly considering upgrading and making the switch as well so I felt it was worth the mention.
Other moms on the go, stay at home master planners (because we can learn from you too) and working genies, what do you all use? Any recommendations are highly welcomed…this is something we all need to know.