Stylist Michelle Combs is not one to let an opportunity pass. After stints in Montana, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, South Carolina, Illinois and Hawaii, she decided to take her chances in the Big Apple. She currently juggles multiple gigs, including working as a hair stylist and educator for Aveda’s corporate salon in SoHo, shooting editorials as a photographer for up and coming Broadway stars, and freelancing as a stylist during New York’s twice-yearly Fashion Week.
Fashion Week can be particularly intense. “There are always 30 people in line to take my spot,” Michelle noted. “I have to remain professional and responsible at all times.” Not an easy thing to do when you’re getting up before sunrise to trudge through snow while carrying multiple suitcases and backpacks.
During Fashion Week, Michelle styles up to 3 shows daily. “The shows are never in the same location, so the work can be hectic and stressful. We also don’t know if we’ll be heading to Europe the following week, so everything always feels last minute. In the midst of it all, I have to keep track of finances and have all of my documents ready for taxes.”
Enter Invoice2go. “I discovered the app a little over a year ago. I needed a way to invoice my private clients. They work quickly and efficiently, so the fact that I can invoice from my phone is important. If I don’t invoice right away, it’s tough to keep track of who I’m billing and for what.”
As for running a fast-paced freelance business, Michelle has this advice: “Put yourself out there. Find yourself a team of really great mentors who can push you and give you inspiration. Take opportunities and run with them.”