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Honeybook, Flodesk, Acuity, Oh My. Get the lowdown on top apps to find the right fit for your business.

Hey girlboss!  If the tech side of running your business feels overwhelming – between website builders, scheduling apps, email marketing, and a million other options – it's enough to make any entrepreneur want to pull the covers over her head.

But fear not, fellow femmepreneur! This blog post will demystify the key players in the business app world, giving you clarity on the pros, cons, and how they can work together to streamline your processes. 

Because let's be honest, you've got way better things to do with your time than wrestling with tech!

Your Website: The Foundation of Your Online Presence

Your website is your online storefront, and as a brand and website designer, I'm passionate about creating digital homes that reflect your brand's unique personality and attract your dream clients. Wix is my favorite platform for several reasons:

  • Customization Queen:  With Wix, I can create a truly customized website that's a perfect reflection of your brand – no cookie-cutter templates here!

  • Boss Tools Built Right In:  Wix offers business tools like Wix Bookings, Wix Payments, E-Commerce, and a range of other features that help you stay organized and manage clients effortlessly.

  • Integrate Your Faves: Wix's flexibility is key! It seamlessly integrates with essential apps like Acuity, Flodesk, and your trusty payment processor, so we can create a tech stack that works perfectly for you.

Start with Wix's Built-In CRM: Get Organized, Then Optimize

I believe in starting all my clients out on Wix (unless specific needs require otherwise). This "walk before you run" approach is crucial! It's smarter to build a solid foundation by mastering the fantastic tools already within the Wix platform before jumping into extra monthly subscriptions and the added effort of managing multiple platforms. Splitting your time and learning curve across different apps can lead to neglecting other important aspects of your business.

Benefits of Using Wix's CRM:

  • Effortless Organization: Keep client data in one place, simplifying your workflow and minimizing the learning curve associated with multiple platforms. This allows you to focus on what truly matters – growing your business!

  • Automated Efficiency: Features like Wix Bookings automatically sync with your email list, saving you valuable time and effort compared to managing separate systems.

  • Focused Growth: Once you're comfortable managing core areas like scheduling and email marketing within Wix, we can then explore specialized apps to take your business to the next level.

Invest Time to Master Wix:

Wix offers a robust suite of built-in tools, many of them completely free! Taking the time to learn your Wix dashboard and explore its functionalities is an investment in your business's future. You'll unlock powerful features for scheduling, marketing, payments, and more – all within a single platform you can master. This not only saves you money on additional subscriptions but also frees up valuable time you can dedicate to strategic growth initiatives.

Scheduling Apps for Your Business: Acuity vs. GlossGenius vs. Calendly

Let's look at some popular options if you're ready to expand your tech stack!

Acuity Scheduling

  • Pros: Easy to use, integrates seamlessly with many websites and calendars, offers a variety of customization options, robust automation features.

  • Cons: Can get expensive as your business grows, some users may find the interface a bit too basic visually.


  • Pros: Designed specifically for the beauty industry, includes features like waitlist management and marketing tools, has a slick interface.

  • Cons: Pricey compared to some alternatives, not ideal for businesses outside of the beauty and wellness sector.


  • Pros: Simple and user-friendly, offers a generous free plan, integrates with a wide range of calendars and tools.

  • Cons: Customization options can be limited, especially on the free plan, lacks advanced features like group scheduling.

Business Management Apps: HoneyBook vs. Dubsado vs. Tavè


  • Pros: User-friendly interface with beautiful design, strong project management features, offers a variety of automation tools.

  • Cons: Pricing on the higher end, can sometimes feel too robust for very small businesses who only need simpler features.


  • Pros: Highly customizable, excellent for creating unique client workflows, integrates with a wide range of other business tools.

  • Cons: Can have a steep learning curve for beginners, pricing might be intimidating for solopreneurs on a budget.


  • Pros: Robust features and customization options without feeling overwhelming, known for a user-friendly interface and excellent support.

  • Cons: Might be more than you need for very simple business processes, less focused on project management than some competitors.

Email Marketing: Flodesk vs. Mailchimp vs. Klaviyo


  • Pros: Focus on beautiful design templates, intuitive interface even for beginners, fixed monthly pricing regardless of list size.

  • Cons: Limited automation features compared to some competitors, lacks complex segmentation options.


  • Pros: Offers a generous free plan, wide range of features including automation and segmentation, extensive integrations.

  • Cons: Interface can be overwhelming for some users, pricing can scale up quickly based on your list size.


  • Pros: Deep e-commerce integrations, sophisticated segmentation and automation capabilities, offers SMS marketing features.

  • Cons: More expensive than some alternatives, requires more technical knowledge of e-commerce to set up.

Payment Processors: Square vs. Stripe vs. Paypal


  • Pros: User-friendly and beginner-accessible, offers a variety of hardware options for in-person payments, easy to set up.

  • Cons: Transaction fees can be slightly higher than some competitors, less customizable for highly specific business needs.


  • Pros: Highly customizable and developer-friendly, excellent for e-commerce businesses, lower transaction fees than some competitors.

  • Cons: Can be more complex to set up, especially for non-technical users, customer support may vary.


  • Pros: Widely recognized and trusted brand, offers buyer protection, integrates seamlessly with many online platforms.

  • Cons: Transaction fees can add up, customer service can sometimes be inconsistent, account holds are more common than some other processors.

Let's Wrap It Up The best app or platform depends on your business needs and budget.  Think of me as your website wing-woman! I'll take your business goals and turn them into a sleek website that attracts your dream clients while simplifying your day-to-day operations.

Ready to crush those big business goals?  I'm here to design a website and optimize your systems so you can focus on making it happen.  Contact me to get started!


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