The technology market is completely over-saturated with different types of booking software, making it difficult for business owners to choose. Salon software has come a long way and can be crucial and beneficial for any business. Since there are thousands of different types available, be sure to create a checklist and ask these simple questions before moving forward.
What can the software do for me?
Think about all the different aspects that you want the platform to include—from storing client information and scheduling appointments to tracking inventory. Create a list of all the different features you’re looking for, so you don’t get overwhelmed with unnecessary features when you go to shop.
Is this the right technology?
This question will be important to determine what software will work with the system you are currently, or planning on, using. Are you using a single desktop, multiple tablets, or a laptop? Certain companies will allow for a one-time purchase on desktop computers, but if you’re going to be using the software on multiple devices, you might end up with additional costs.
Is it user-friendly?
Is everyone on your staff going to be able to easily use this software? If not, reconsider immediately! Most salon software come with online videos and training material to ease this process, but even with training, some are easier than others. If you are purchasing locally, you may qualify for a trainer to come into your salon and train your staff on the new software.
What about maintenance?
Think about how often your smartphone updates, do you want software that updates as much? You can expect to update your software once or twice a year, but you shouldn’t have to do more than that. Also, think about backing up your information to a secure system. If your software is collecting private client information you want to make sure that the information is being backed up, but also secure.
How much will it cost me?
Salon software can range heavily in price from $99 all the way up to $1,500. The price will depend on the features it offers and if it includes a point of sale system or not. Do your research and shop around to find the best price available.
If you are not tech-savvy and this all sounds too overwhelming, seek the help from someone who has some software knowledge. Make the process easy by creating a checklist of features, check your technology, ensure it’s user-friendly, and lastly it needs to be affordable for your business.