Business Management

Silicon and the Salon: A Match Made In Heaven

From client bookings to reports on product usage, find out what's going on inside the latest silicon chips for salons.

You’ve been running your salon for more than 10 years. You’ve experienced all of the standard up, down, and out-of-the blue events a salon owner can encounter, and you’re still here, going strong — and using that old-fashioned pen and paper method of bookkeeping.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. There’s a lot to be said for a good system that doesn’t rely on electricity and can be used by anyone, no matter their technical skills. But it has probably crossed your mind more than once that with the technological boom propelling business into the hyper-speed realm of data management, maybe it might benefit your salon to plug in and turn on.

There are a number of software programs on the market that are specifically designed with the salon in mind. They focus on the most important aspects of salon activity like appointment book management, product usage, client information portfolios, payroll, and more. And many are even able to consolidate the information into easy-to-read graphs and reports so you can know exactly how your business is doing in each area, and compare it to previous years.

If you’ve never looked into salon software programs before, here’s a quick collection of some of the most common programs and their most basic functions. Most of the companies have well-informed sales representatives manning hotline numbers and e-mail accounts in case you have questions. So don’t hesitate to find out exactly which program will work best for your salon.


Elite Salon & Spa Management

<p>Elite’s inventory page allows you to track sales of every item in your inventory. It generates bar codes and price labels so you can create your own system of recording, and alerts you when you need to reorder a product.</p>

 For salon owners and managers, Elite Salon & Spa Management has it all. The essential functions are presented in easy-to-read interfaces, covering everything from booking and inventory, to marketing and statistical graphs, and the program comes with user manuals so salons can start using it right away.

Elite opens with a multi-user interface, where employees log on using a secure password. This allows the owner to control the level of access for employees. Once inside, employees can schedule appointments and record client info, while owners can print out statistics on inventory, sales, and payroll.

Marketing functions are also available, with options for creating mailing labels and e-mail blasts for appointment reminders, special service advertisements, and birthdays.

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