There are lots of cool apps out there that help keep you organized and informed.
But before you go sifting through the mess that is any app store, here are a few I recommend.
The App: Spotify (9.99 month)
Despite iTunes Radio and Pandora, Spotify is the only app that not only lets you create playlists, but also allows you to play them without being connected to the internet. For only 9.99 a month you have a virtually unlimited supply of music for meditation, funky flows, and chill yogi DJs.
The App: Shazaam (free)
Do you ever walk into a store and hear a song that makes you think “That would be great for my class!” but have no idea where to find it? Shazaam can fix that! Okay, so I admit I might sound like a late night infomercial right now, but it’s a very useful tool to make sure you capture that perfect sound when you hear it.
The App: Expensify (free)
One of the biggest struggles I have as “the” business guy for yogis and yoga studios is how few people keep proper track of their finances. Believe it or not, as freelance self-employed yoga teacher, you’re a miniature business and you need to operate like one. That includes keeping track of your expenses in detail, and while all this talk of money might not seem very yogic, the truth is, yogis have to pay bills too! Bonus: it also has an awesome web-based app that lets you log into your account and helps you get a head start on that little chore everyone hates—paying your taxes.
The App: Facebook (free)
This is an obvious one. Keep in touch with your students, market yourself and show off some poses. But it comes with a warning: Facebook can be a huge waste of time as much as it can be useful, so make sure you avoid getting stuck in the social media quicksand.
The App: ical/google calendar (free)
Everyone with a smartphone has these apps, but the real question is how often do you use them? Or more importantly how often does a sticky note or some paper somewhere replace an organized calendar that reminds of that “something I’m forgetting.” Use it and clear your mind of the clutter so you can focus on your practice without forgetting a class.
Two bonus apps:
The App: Square (free)
If you sell classes in person as a studio or offer private classes, the Square is perfect because you can charge your customers on the spot using their credit cards. It goes straight to the bank making it easier for you to account for it and you don’t have to hide the dollars coming out of your pockets during hand stand.
The App: Event Assistant (iphone only) (6.99)
This is awesome if you set up a workshop, private group class, or any kind of event. Event Assistant allows you to add the list of things you need to get done before the event, but it also helps you track your expenses specific to that event.
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Ed: Cat Beekmans