1. DeckBooks / DJ Event Planner / Ents Booking
Being able to manage your bookings is a basic requirement of running a DJ business, and the good news is that there are some cool apps out there to help!
DeckBooks and DJ Event Planner are online, cloud-based apps that feature all the basics you need, and some advanced features too! You can manage your bookings, send quotes, digital contracts and also give your clients access to a portal where they can tell you about their favourite tracks, and because it’s online and runs in your browser, you can access it from anywhere in the world.
Ents Booking is slightly different in that it’s a Windows-based application you install on your computer so other than being able to synchronise your bookings to a Google Calendar, if you need to access any information you’ll need to wait until your sat in front of the computer the app is installed on. That said, Ents Booking has been around for a long while, is feature-packed and is a great tool to help run your business.
For a limited time, to celebrate the new year, you can take advantage of special discounted pricing on DeckBooks at just £3.00 per month or £27.50 for the whole year! Simply sign up on their website on the 1st or 2nd January 2020 and don’t forget to tell them you’re a NADJ member!
2. Cold Turkey
If like me, you get easily distracted when you’re meant to be sat in front of the computer working then you need a tool that will take care of that for you.
Cold Turkey is a smart app that blocks websites and apps of your choice at any time of the day. You feed it a list of websites and apps you want to block and for what times during the week and the app takes care of the rest.
It’s pretty tough too; there are two modes to choose from. One so extreme that when you’ve started blocking apps and websites, there’s nothing you can do to turn it off. There is another, less extreme setting you can use however to give you a bit more flexibility.
So if you find that your daily productivity is spoilt by regular visits to Facebook and YouTube or some other time-wasting app, then Cold Turkey is a great app 🙂
There are so many email apps out there, and sometimes it feels like I’ve tried them all, but Polymail is my latest favourite and allows you to manage your email like a God! Its main selling point is that it offers email collaboration for teams, which is really neat but it’s got some awesome features under the hood that make it an essential app on its own.
You install it, add your accounts, and then you have access to handy features like email tracking so you can see who is and isn’t reading your emails and follow-ups which bring emails back into your inbox if the recipient doesn’t reply within a certain amount of time. This allows you to keep on top of quotes you send out for example.
You also get customisable message templates which save you from repetitive typing, and you can also use the send-later feature to tell Polymail to send your late-night emails in the morning when they are more likely to be read.
It’s a great app and works on both your desktop and mobile devices. IMAP, Gmail, iCloud, Yahoo and Outlook accounts are all supported so take back control of your inbox!
It’s the best free sound editor around that’s just as good as many premium applications.
You can use it to edit sound recordings, remove noise, cut and combine clips, add special effects and if that’s not enough, you can also expand it with plugins that give you new effects or integration with other apps.
Any professional communication you send to your clients needs to look good, read right and not contain any spelling mistakes.
Grammarly is an app that automatically detects your grammar, spelling and punctuation errors. That’s not all, it also offers suggestions on how to improve your writing with word choice and other style corrections. There’s an app you can install on your computer, or it can also work through browser extensions for Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge.
It’s a really useful tool and one I’ve used for many years, I even used it to write this blog post!
I hope you’ve found this list useful, send us an email if you’ve found any other useful tools!