Now that our smart-phones and tablets practically grow out of our hands, apps designed to organize and compartmentalize our lives are cropping up left, right and centre. Besides social media, you can apps to help grow your salon’s business. Here are our top three picks for apps that de-clutter your life:
Do you have an archaic booking system, either on a desktop or the old-fashioned pencil and paper method? Time for an upgrade. Appointfix is a free mobile app that you can use while talking to your client on the phone. Directly from the call screen, you can swipe into the app to see available appointments in your calendar, and book a time slot. The app is able to auto-fill the client’s information, and—the best part—sends them a reminder text before their appointment. You can sync Appointfix with your Google calendar, so that all employees still have access to the schedule. The video below shows how the app works, and you can download it for yourself at appointfix.com.
2) eGood Pay
How can you cut down on your own costs and support a charity at the same time? By using eGood Pay, a mobile payment app built on the eGood.com social good community. eGood provides your salon with a card reader that is inserted into your mobile device, allowing customers to swipe debit and credit cards. While not the first company to offer such flexibility and mobility, eGood charges only 1.79% per swipe, as opposed to competing companies which can charge up to 2.75%. That may not sound like a lot—but it adds up! In exchange for offering such a low per-swipe charge, eGood asks your business to make a 1, 3 or 5% donation of sales to a non-profit charity of your choice. A survey is available online to see how much your salon can save by switching your payment service to eGood. To find out more and download the app, visit eGood.com.
Is your business mobile? Your payment system should be mobile, too! Square is a great mobile payment app, which allows customers to swipe credit cards directly into your smart-phone or tablet for instant transactions. Square is easy to use, and perfect for freelance artists, or stylists working on sets or at shows—no more waiting on invoices! What we like most is that Square also offers comprehensive analytics so you can track how your business is growing and expanding, so you know exactly what’s working for you and what’s not. Visit squareup.com for more information and to download the app. Mario Grassa, owner of Hairspray ‘N Gloss Salon shares how he uses square in the video below: