10 Salon Resources that Make Booking Easier
Spa and salon owners along with independent stylists know that appointment booking and client management can be juggling acts. Being able to let customers schedule their appointments instantly and without risk of double-booking is a dream come true for business owners like you. Luckily, there are tons of platforms and salon resources that can get the job done. The tools available range greatly in level of services offered and also in price, so to help find the one that’s right for your business, we’ve compiled this awesome list of booking tools just for you:
- Spa-Salon (spasalon.com)
One great aspect of Spa-Salon is its impressive level of customer support. Learning the ins-and-outs of any new software program can be perplexing, and every salon owner or stylist has different needs. The Spa-Salon website highlights its customer service team on its homepage, driving home the fact that they’ll be there when you need them to help navigate the platform.
- MINDBODY (mindbodyonline.com)
MINDBODY is a particularly comprehensive tool that is much more than just a POS system and scheduling platform. It also offers robust marketing features. MINDBODY prides itself on having developed advanced targeting tactics specifically designed to help businesses in the wellness field find new leads and convert them to sales. The software also provides ways to stay in touch with nearby customers, plus tools that allow you to offer promo and discount codes.
- Booker (booker.com)
Known formerly as Salon Booker, Booker calls itself an all-in-one platform that helps you run your business anytime, anywhere. Many salon owners – perhaps even you – offer their services on a mobile basis, or work out of more than one salon. Booker aims to simplify the back-end work for these types of stylists, and for other mobile business owners who teach dance, yoga, tennis, music, and more. The company even offers a mobile app for managing all of your client appointments and there’s also a Booker app for your clients so they can book quickly using their mobile devices.
- Rosy (rosysalonsoftware.com)
This platform is another comprehensive tool with robust features that include everything from online scheduling and POS to inventory management. According to their website, Rosy “records and tracks product sales, shipments received, returns, trends, and seasonal buying history.” That goes well-beyond just booking software, so if you’re a stylist with a sizable collection of products for sale outside your services, Rosy could be the fit for you. The platform is also marketing-savvy, integrating with Facebook and providing email templates for customer communications.
- Spaware Salonware (salonsoftware.com)
Probably the most unique aspect of this platform is that it’s designed for touchscreen devices. While still mouse-friendly, it targets the spa and salon owners using iPads and other such devices. Its interface is user-friendly, helping cut down the time you spend managing clients, staff, and appointments on your device.
- Schedulicity (essentials.schedulicity.com)
One of the most widely used software tools for booking at salons, Schedulicity describes itself as the leader in online appointment scheduling. With pricing for a single user starting at $19.95 per month, this is definitely one of the most affordable options out there. For the business owner looking for a well-known, reliable booking system to get the job done simply and quickly, Schedulicity is the go-to tool.
- Envision (envisionsalon.com)
With a solo edition, a standard edition, and a pro edition, Envision offers three different pricing tiers ranging from a $345 to $1,895 one-time fee, with standalone computer use of the program costing less than its use on multiple machines. Their price comparison table is full of information you’ll need to know to decide if Envision is right for you. Services and add-ons range from booking tools to a sales register to customizable interface themes and colors.
- Salon Iris (saloniris.com)
Another platform designed to function seamlessly on mobile devices, Salon Iris offers both a monthly subscription and a one-time purchase option. There are five tiers with varying levels of service. On top of online booking and POS, this platform offers in-depth salon reporting to help you chart sales and retain clients. It also tracks product performance for salon owners who sell product lines in-store.
- StyleSeat (styleseat.com)
StyleSeat is the most unique tool on our list, as it’s actually a tool for your clients. The platform lets members (who can join for free) search for stylists and wellness professionals in their area, and book appointments. As a business owner, you can sign up for free and get listed. Full-service plans are available at varying prices if you want to track client information, use marketing tools, or take advantage of other StyleSeat features.
- Booksy (booksy.com)
With over 7 million consumers who booked services, it’s safe to say Booksy is the industry-leading appointment app for clients. Working together seamlessly with their business app, Booksy Biz, it allows professionals to manage their business from anywhere. Booksy takes it a step further by offering an inventory feature, social media integrations and templates, marketing tool kits, and grade A customer service.
So there you have it. Ten killer platforms for getting your ducks in a row – or should we say clients! With the various software tools offering different levels of services at prices all across the board, there’s bound to be a fit for you. If you are in need of funding to make use of the platforms, turn to a salon business loan. Try out these salon and hair stylist resources and let us know which is your favorite!