Looking for a Honeybook alternative? Have you checked out Dubsado or 17Hats? These are both other Client Management Systems that are popular with creative entrepreneurs. Let’s see how Dubsado and 17Hats stack up against Honeybook for your business!
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Honeybook used to have standard pricing of $40/month or $400/year. They have recently changed to provide 3 options though – one is less than $10/month! So if pricing was the reason you’re looking for a Honeybook Alternative, you may want to check again.
Also, my Honeybook discount link will get you 50% off this pricing, so that could perhaps change your mind. Get that Honeybook Discount Pricing.
Here’s the latest Honeybook Pricing:
Right now, Dubsado is $35/month or $350/year. It’s a little cheaper than that highest plan with Honeybook, but not a huge difference. My Dubsado discount code will get you 20% off your first month or year.
Right now, 17Hats pricing is $45/month or $295/year. They really emphasize their annual plans, and even have a 2-year plan that works out to $17/month (that’s the plan I have!). If you use my 17Hats discount link (or code wspvtdpzpz) you’ll be eligible for exclusive savings up to 50%.
Personally – I would pay over $100/month for 17Hats, Honeybook, or Dubsado. In a second. No matter which system you use, having forms, questionnaires, contracts, and payments all in one simple platform will save you hours and hours every month.
Plus, I can’t tell you how often I used to make mistakes before investing in Dubsado. It saves me hundreds of dollars every year, just by keeping things in order where I can always find the latest updates from my clients. I’ll share some examples later!
The final word on pricing? Don’t let the price difference be a huge factor when you’re considering Honeybook, Dubsado or 17Hats. They’re pretty similar, so I’d recommend investing in the one that feels right and has the features you need.
Here are my Coupon Codes for Dubsado, Honeybook, and 17Hats:
Dubsado vs. Honeybook: which one is best? It depends on the needs of your business, honestly. I also think 17Hats is a great Honeybook alternative, even if it’s not quite as popular for creatives.
All of these systems offer common features like:
And they’ll all save you tons of time and money. Here are some examples of how I use Honeybook, Dubsado, and 17Hats in my invitation design business:
Here’s a video showing you my proofing setup in Dubsado with their subcontract feature:
So what are some of the ways in which Dubsado is better than Honeybook?
The biggest difference in my work between Honeybook and Dubsado is the subcontract feature, shown in the video above. This allows for a legally-binding signature on my proofs. This is the feature that makes me continue to choose Dubsado for my invitation business.
But not everyone needs this feature, and Dubsado has a lot of other features that are make-or-break for other types of businesses.
In comparison, 17Hats has a more similar look to Dubsado, and feels a little more professional, albeit maybe less customizable.
The biggest challenge and the biggest benefit of these systems is setup. Once you have your forms, contracts, workflows, etc. integrated within the system, using them is a breeze. But what about the process to set up Dubsado, setup Honeybook, or setup 17Hats?
The key is to understand your process flow for your business. This will show you where you can automate steps, use email templates, and cut down on manual work with your client management system!
Here are a few ways you can use Honeybook or a Honeybook alternative to make your work life easier:
Setting up your brand in Honeybook or either Honeybook alternative is going to be key for keeping a common feel to your communications across different platforms.
Under Honeybook’s Company Settings, you can edit:
In Branding under your settings, you can edit:
In the Brand Preferences tab in 17Hats, you can edit:
Notably, 17Hats is the only system that allows you to easily set a subdomain that shows up in places other than the portal! Dubsado’s URL mapping requires some domain hosting knowledge (it’s not hard but it’s just not as easy as 17Hats). 17Hats is also the only one that allows font changes at this time! Even though the choices are limited, it’s still nice to have that option.
If you’d like more personalization options that could be achieved through HTML coding, then I’d recommend going with Dubsado. Dubsado allows for HTML coding in specific form blocks, on all of their forms. 17Hats allows for HTML coding customization in emails, contracts, and signatures, but not on every form type.
Keep an eye out for some more information about HTML customization in Dubsado to get custom fonts, custom forms, and other features in Dubsado! This post is coming soon!
I mentioned earlier that Dubsado’s workflows are better than Honeybook’s. Here’s a look into all the actions you can do in Dubsado’s workflow system:
And here’s a look at the actions you can do with Honeybook’s workflows:
It’s easy to see that Dubsado has more capabilities! They have been promising to add conditional logic for a while as well, and it should be coming in the next year. Conditional logic workflows in Dubsado would look like: Send a form > If form is filled out, do X / If form is not filled out, do Y.
17Hats has workflows as well. Here’s a look at those action items (not pictured: “Send a Greetabl” and “Archive Project”). You can also add a To-Do or Pause the workflow.
17Hats workflow options are somewhere between Honeybook and Dubsado’s. Not quite as robust as Dubsado’s workflows, but more robust than Honeybook’s, for now.
Personally, I feel like 17Hats has all the options you really NEED in a workflow (plus sending Greetabls which I assume no one really “needs” but is fun nonetheless). I’m looking forward to Honeybook getting more workflow capabilities.
If you like to work on the go, but want a Honeybook Alternative, then 17Hats is the way to go. Honeybook and 17Hats both offer a mobile app, and Dubsado does not. At this time, Honeybook’s app isn’t available for iPad, but 17Hats’ app is.
This is an important question – how does payment processing work for 17Hats, Dubsado, and Honeybook?
Honeybook, as you may know, is its own payment processor. This doesn’t mean it’s any cheaper (3% on credit cards, 1.5% on ACH or bank transfers), but it can be simpler if you don’t have to create an account with another payment processor.
As a Honeybook alternative, Dubsado and 17Hats integrate with other payment processors and you can choose which one you want to use. Dubsado payments use Stripe, Square and PayPal. 17Hats payments use Stripe, Square, PayPal, or Authorize.net.
In my experience, PayPal has a tendency to not treat small business owners well in disputes, so I’d recommend either Stripe or Square in this case. I use Stripe.
We mentioned earlier that Honeybook and 17Hats both allow your clients to opt into automatic payments. These are amazing, and I love them! Just make sure you’re updating your invoices before the due dates (if needed).
As of the time of writing this post, in all three systems, you can accept multiple currencies. But you can only display one currency on the invoice at a time.
8/19/20 – A Honeybook developer said this was on their radar, but nothing in the official plans.
5/29/20 – A Dubsado member said that Dubsado will create a new brand for you free of charge (typically $10/mo) if you need to use it to bill a different currency. They’ll help copy over forms, but you have to manually create new workflows, etc. if you need this option.
It’s up to you whic Honeybook alternative is right for you. Frankly, you might have read this and decided you didn’t need a Honeybook alternative – that it was the right system for you.
But if you are determined not to use Honeybook, consider this:
Luckily, there are a ton of trainings out there for Honeybook and its alternatives. Each platform has really great customer service and a large help center with videos and posts telling you how to use different features.
Here’s my full CMS playlist on YouTube that includes a bunch of in-app videos showing you how to use certain features as well!
I have 2 full courses on Dubsado and how I use it for Stationery Design. Use code DUBS2 if you want to purchase them both to get $5 off that order.
Which system feels best for your business? Let me know in the comments which one you’re going to try out. And tell me what tutorials could be helpful in setting up Dubsado, Honeybook, or 17Hats!
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