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Bobile
Bobile
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • For Businesses Sized: Small
Bobile offers a unique user experience and a simple autonomous platform for salon owners with 24/7 customer service. Its Relationship Builder platform for hairstylists and beauty salons offers numerous functions, including:
  • Keeping track of scheduled appointments
  • Enabling clients to book appointments online with their smartphones
  • Creating POS and selling salon product
  • Managing client database with mini CRM system
  • Saving clients’ personal data, preferred hairstyles, visits and sales
  • Building a professional database of ready-made hairstyle templates, styling techniques and hair color palettes
  • Communicating with clients 24/7 via live chat
  • Integrating social media to share hair design photos with potential clients
  • Connecting professional websites to app

  • Other key features of Bobile salon software include bookings, recurring appointments, members club, marketing features, loyalty cards, push notifications and payment processing.

Pros & Cons

Bobile offers a 30-day free trial and average pricing to salon owners who like the platform’s functionality. Its software platform offers several key features, including online appointment scheduling, POS and marketing. However, it doesn’t include inventory tools for salon owners who keep a large stock of haircare products for sale.

Pros

  • 30-day free trial
  • Average pricing
  • Online appointment scheduling

Cons

  • No inventory management
  • Some features geared towards group events

What Customers Are Saying

Bobile customers frequently praise the diverse features and interactive programs included with its salon software. One customer said, “This is an excellent platform for a very interactive loyalty program. I love the automation, the push notifications, and the incentives the app offers my members.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Standard or Web

    • single license - $100
    • additional seat - $75
    • 10 seat license - $700
    • 25 seat license - $1500
    • 50 seat license - $2500
    • 100 seat license - $4000
    • Client Server or Enterprise

    • single license - $200
    • additional seat - $100
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  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    No
  • Inventory Management
    No
  • Marketing
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • For Businesses Sized: Small
Booker
Booker
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • No. of Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Booker is a cloud-based scheduling software that provides salons and spas with a wide array of features to help manage their day-to-day business. Key features include:
  • Online Booking: Customized booking page integrated with the salon’s website design
  • Scheduling: View daily appointments by time or stylist
  • Mobile/Tablet Booking: Mobile?optimized flexibility for owners, employees and clients
  • Facebook Booking: Book appointments, view promotions and purchase gift certificates
  • Email and Text Notifications: Reduce no-shows and ensure clients know about upcoming appointments
  • Point of Sale: Accept cash, credit, debit, gift certificates and loyalty points, and connect to credit card processor to process transactions in real time
  • Credit Card Processing: Securely accept credit card payments with PCI compliance
  • Mobile Payment Processing: Turn any smartphone or tablet into a payment terminal
  • Gift Certificates: Personalized designs branded with the salon’s logo
  • Inventory Management: Take physical inventory and track buying patterns
  • Marketing Features: Email campaigns, marketing automations, reviews, customer surveys and branded app

Pros & Cons

Booker’s starter package only allows up to 15 active staff profiles and up to 3,000 text notifications and reminders. However, it offers flexible flat-rate pricing to accommodate businesses of all sizes.

Pros

  • Unlimited users
  • Online appointment scheduling
  • POS and inventory management

Cons

  • Higher monthly fees
  • Starter package limits engagement

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise the platform’s ease of use, integration and variety of tools. “It just makes scheduling my clients appts soooo much easier … appt reminder 24 hrs before their Appt … then a text reminder notification 3 hours before their Appt which cuts down on no shows, and late cancellations,” said one customer.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $129/month for Starter
    • $269/month for Accelerate
    • $429/month for Ultimate
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • No. of Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Go-reminders
GoReminders
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • No.of Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
GoReminders is an all-in-one text and email appointment reminder solution that offers simple scheduling and automatic reminders that reduce no-shows. Ideal for small businesses, the interface is entirely mobile-friendly and allows users to run their businesses on their tablets or smartphones with native iPhone, iPad and Android apps. The simplified appointment management tools save salons time and increase revenues by sending customizable appointment reminder messages and appointment confirmations. Other key features include:
  • Appointment Scheduler
  • Client Self-Scheduling
  • Appointment Notes
  • Multiple Reminder Templates
  • Multiple Reminders per Appointment
  • Staff Notifications
  • Self-Reminders
  • Import Customer Contacts
  • Message Blasts
  • Usage Reports

GoReminders offers a free 14-day trial so salon owners can try it before they buy it. Four pricing plans allow salons to choose the level of service that best fits their business’ needs. Each plan includes unlimited stylists and salon locations, and customers can earn a discount by paying annually instead of monthly.

Pros & Cons

GoReminders offers a free trial and four levels of service to cater to salons of varying sizes, but only the Silver, Gold and Enterprise plans include all features. The Bronze plan has limited features, but it still includes key functions like email reminders, text messages and custom reminder messages.

Pros

  • 14-day free trial
  • Low monthly fees
  • Multiple pricing plans

Cons

  • No marketing features
  • Primarily for appointment reminders
  • Bronze package has limited features

What Customers Are Saying

Customers frequently mention how much GoReminders has reduced their no-shows and increased their rebooking rates and how much their own customers appreciate the service. “No more reminder phone calls. Saves on staff time plus customers like receiving a text vs. phone call,” said one customer.

Summary

Go-reminders
GoReminders
  • Starting Price
    • $125/month for Start Package
    • $165/month for Expand Package
    • $185/month for Grow Package
    • $215/month for Enterprise Package
    • $295/month for Services Package
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • No.of Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Harbortouch-POS
Harbortouch POS
  • Deployment: Cloud-based
Harbortouch POS delivers salon-specific POS and payment solutions that include a free full-featured, touch-screen POS system with cutting-edge software. Its Salon POS Systems work for all types of salons and spas and provide industry-specific features, including:
  • Appointment Calendar: Manage upcoming appointments for scheduled and walk-in customers
  • Customer Database: Keep customer information organized with custom notes and preferences
  • Employee Management: Get detailed labor reports, including commission tracking
  • Retail Functionality: Enables product sales in addition to services
  • Email & Text Reminders: Remind customers of upcoming appointments via text or email
  • Salons can set up payment processing by establishing a merchant account with Harbortouch.

  • Take advantage of its free equipment or use existing equipment but still receive competitive processing rates while accepting all major credit and debit cards, EMV chip cards and NFC mobile payments. Harbortouch processes payments using PCI compliant P2PE solutions and tokenization to protect against data breaches.

Pros & Cons

Harbortouch offers an integrated POS that’s specifically designed for salons that includes online appointment scheduling and reminders, but it left out marketing features. It doesn’t provide pricing information so small salons can compare affordability. It also doesn’t offer a free trial, but salon owners can request a free demo.

Pros

  • Online appointment scheduling
  • Loyalty program
  • Client profiles

Cons

  • Unknown pricing
  • No free trial
  • No marketing features

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like that Harbortouch provides a POS system especially for the salon industry that makes their jobs easier. One customer said, “It gives me extra time to do other things I need to do as a manager. Increased our revenue through tracking inventory and credit card use.”

Summary

Harbortouch-POS
Harbortouch POS
  • Starting Price
    • $1.50 per user/month
    • $2.25 per user/month
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based
Kitomba
Kitomba
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Windows, Mac
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Kitomba delivers a cloud-based salon software that delivers industry-specific features for small and mid-size businesses. This complete salon and spa management system provides everything salon owners need to manage their day-to-day business. Features include an appointment book that allows users to make appointments by using a drag-and-drop feature or by selecting specific dates, times and staff. It can also store client information, including notes, preferences and photos of previous hairstyles. Other key features include:
  • Online Booking
  • Client Cards
  • Loyalty Programs
  • Point-of-Sale
  • Stock Management
  • Payroll and Commission
  • Reporting

Kitomba’s salon software includes marketing features that allow client lists to be integrated with marketing automation tools, including Campaign Monitor, Kmail and MailChimp. Services are offered on a subscription basis with three plans available under the single-site model and an Enterprise plan under the multisite model. Each plan includes free, unlimited support via phone, live chat, email and an online knowledge base.

Pros & Cons

Located in New Zealand, Kitomba primarily serves customers there as well as in the UK and Australia. It offers four pricing plans but doesn’t disclose the cost for each, making it difficult for small businesses to compare affordability.

Pros

  • Free demo
  • Online appointment scheduling
  • Marketing features

Cons

  • Unknown pricing
  • Serves clients in New Zealand, Australia and the UK
  • More features in Enterprise package

What Customers Are Saying

“We love how extensive the system is- we can run reports on everything we need, plus more! The customer service is great- they always answer our calls or emails very quickly,” commented one customer. Customer service is often touted as being exceptional, and customers like how easy it is to use.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Contact for quote
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Windows, Mac
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
KORONA
KORONA
  • "Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, Mac, Linux
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large"
KORONA’s all-in-one salon POS comes with a diverse array of software that accommodates both service oriented and general product sales, allowing salon owners to use the same POS solution for stylists and retail products. The cloud-based solution can scale with business and serve multiple locations with POS completed on site or remotely. Its sales analytics can break down reports by individual stylist or beautician to keep compensation and inventory organized, providing important sales numbers and staff performance. Its commission system can also manage tips. The POS system software is provided through a simple monthly per POS terminal subscription and includes:
  • Rewards and Loyalty Programs
  • Various Payment Options
  • Promotional and Discount Pricing
  • Marketing Features
  • Customizable Commission Settings
  • Tip Management Settings
  • Salon Point of Sale Employee Management
  • Retail Inventory Management and Analysis
  • Stock Reports and Reorder Levels
  • Individualized Sales Reports and Metrics
  • Remotely Accessible Cloud Salon POS
  • Integrations with Various Accounting Services

Pros & Cons

KORONA software primarily acts as a POS system, but it does integrate to include other valuable features for salons, including marketing features and customer loyalty programs. However, it doesn’t offer client profiles or online appointment scheduling. KORONA offers an unlimited free trial and a low $49 monthly per terminal rate.

Pros

  • Unlimited free trial
  • Marketing features
  • Inventory management and POS system

Cons

  • No client profiles
  • No online appointment scheduling abilities
  • Primarily a POS system

What Customers Are Saying

KORONA customers appreciate its ease of use, user interface and support staff. One customer said, “The reporting you are able to do in Korona is amazing. It helps us make decisions about store hours, staffing, products to re-order, etc. much easier. We liked being able to customize the buttons.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $15/month for Bronze
    • $30/month for Silver
    • $60/month for Gold
    • $90/month for Enterprise
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    No
Features
  • "Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, Mac, Linux
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large"
Meevo
Meevo 2
  • "Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large"
Meevo 2 delivers a fully functioning salon POS system that provides everything business owners need to run and grow their salon. The software’s innovative features and powerful tools allow users to tackle all types of tasks, including:
  • Appointment Book: Drag-and-drop and visualize by color features
  • Online Booking: Fully integrated to allow online appointment scheduling 24/7

  • Wait-List: Automate the front desk’s busy work by allowing Meevo 2 to scan the appointment book and send out texts to clients on the waitlist when an opening becomes available
  • Salon Memberships: Advanced configuration effortlessly sets up and manages all types of membership packages
  • Inventory: Offers mobile barcode capabilities, smart product recognition, automatic order purchasing and designated floor locations
  • Staff Management: Simplifies scheduling, clocking in/out and employee incentives

Meevo 2 allows salons to work anywhere from any device, including PC, Mac and Android and iOS devices to bring the checkout process directly to the client.

Pros & Cons

Meevo 2 has a higher monthly pricing compared to some of the other companies on the list and doesn’t have a free trial. However, it does offer a free demo and robust appointment scheduling and inventory management features that make running a salon easier.

Pros

  • Marketing features
  • Client profiles
  • Higher monthly rates

Cons

  • Higher monthly pricing
  • No free trial

What Customers Are Saying

“Since switching to Meevo, our online booking went from maybe 5 a week to nearly 10 a day. The membership capabilities are awesome,” one customer said. Customers also talk about its affordability, customization abilities and how much it cuts down on the workload.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Starting at $49 per POS terminal/month
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    No
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • "Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large"
MicroBiz
MicroBiz
  • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, iPhone, iPad, Mac
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium
Founded in 1989, MicroBiz helps independent business owners manage their operations with a series of vertically specific versions of its POS software, including one to manage retail products sold inside a salon. POS features, such as using barcodes speeds up transactions at the checkout and other features help streamline repetitive tasks. MicroBiz solutions are available as a cloud-based or windows-based solution with key features including:
  • Customer Orders
  • Special Orders
  • Customer Promotions
  • Customer Management
  • Inventory Management
  • Products and Pricing
  • Purchasing and Receiving
  • Credit Accounts
  • Multi-Store Functionality
  • Integrated Payments
  • Real Time Reporting
  • Reporting Analytics
  • Store Management
  • Customer and Product Search

Pros & Cons

MicroBiz has a higher than average monthly fee, but the difference can be offset by opting to pay for service annually and it offers a 21-day free trial. Its software is primarily for ringing up retail sales and tracking inventory and doesn’t provide any type of client scheduling.

Pros

  • 21-day free trial
  • Discount for paying annually
  • Client profiles

Cons

  • Higher than average monthly fees
  • No online scheduling
  • Primarily for retail store POS

What Customers Are Saying

Customers frequently comment on how easy MicroBiz’s software is to use, how affordable it is and how well they like its technical support department. One customer said, “Easy to use – particularly front end. Lots of features. Good design that saves time. Strong inventory management and management controls.”

Summary

MicroBiz
MicroBiz
  • Starting Price
    • $97/month for Grow
    • $197/month for Pro
    • $297/month for Powerhouse
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    No
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, iPhone, iPad, Mac
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium
When-I-Work
MyTime
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
MyTime is a cloud-based scheduling platform that salons can use to create profiles and make appointments. It’s a fully integrated solution that combines scheduling, POS, payment processing, customer engagement, and eCommerce features. Key features include:
  • Exclusive Online Booking Integrations: Clients book directly from Facebook, Bing and Google.
  • Real-Time Client Messaging: Send and receive messages in real-time to increase engagement.
  • Automated Marketing: Win back lapsed clients with automated email and text marketing and fill empty time slots by creating flash sales sent out via email, push notifications, and social media.
  • Full POS and Inventory Tracking: Take payments for online bookings and in-store purchases using a single system.
  • Web Presence Management: Built-in listing and reputation management to promote better reviews.

  • SMS Appointment Confirmation: Reduce no-shows and cancellations, enforce cancellation policy and charge for the missed appointments.

MyTime also makes sure businesses have accurate profiles and service menus across essential websites, including Google, Facebook, and Yelp.

Pros & Cons

MyTime software offers an array of services, including online appointment scheduling, client profiles and various marketing features. However, features vary by package with major limits on the basic package. Its higher-than-average pricing is even higher when billed monthly because the prices quoted are only good when paying annually.

Pros

  • Online appointment scheduling
  • Marketing features
  • Client profiles

Cons

  • Higher than average monthly fees
  • No free trial
  • No loyalty program

What Customers Are Saying

One MyTime customer said, “It literally replaces what I was using on 6 different subscription services, and at a fraction of the cost. I can keep all of my info in one place.” Customers also frequently talk about how user-friendly and seamless the software is.

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $74/month for Basic
    • $114/month for Growth
    • $149/month for Premium
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    No
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    No
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Phorest Salon
Phorest Salon
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Phorest is a salon management software solution that features appointment booking, POS, inventory management, and reporting. Its appointment calendar feature allows a salon’s clients to make bookings 24/7 over the phone, on social media, or through its website. Designed for small and mid-size businesses, Phorest’s software offers cloud-based deployment and a salon-branded app for mobile phones and tablets. Other key features include:
  • Couple & Group Bookings
  • Beauty Salon Consultation Forms
  • Beauty Loyalty Program
  • Beauty Salon Marketing Software
  • leverCustomer Tracking
  • Client Loyalty Program
  • Staff Management

Phorest’s smart beauty salon POS works on both desktops and smartphones. Its SMS and email notifications eliminate no-shows and late arrivals with automated appointment reminder notifications, and the system can also send nudges to encourage rebooking.

Pros & Cons

All Phorest Salon software pricing plans include unlimited devices and unlimited, but pricing wasn’t provided, making it difficult to compare affordability. Its software does deliver a wide array of vital features, including online scheduling and marketing, but it doesn’t offer a free trial to give it a test run before buying.

Pros

  • Online scheduling
  • Marketing features
  • Client profiles and loyalty program

Cons

  • Unknown pricing
  • No free trial
  • Not suitable for large businesses

What Customers Are Saying

Phorest’s customers commend its software for meeting all their booking and POS needs and helping them manage all aspects of their business. One customer said, “It’s very easy [to] use, and love the confirmation text out to clients. I love that it’s easy [to] keep track of your accounts.”

Summary

Phorest Salon
Phorest Salon
  • Starting Price
    • $29.00/month for Starter
    • $69.00/month for Business
    • $129.00/month for Enterprise
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Salon-Iris
Salon Iris
  • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Salon Iris delivers all-in-one on-premise or cloud-based software solutions for individual stylists who rent a booth and salons of all sizes, including large businesses with multiple locations. This salon software offers four tiers, including a basic plan for a single user, deluxe for small salons with three to five users, premier for medium salons with unlimited users and professional for large salons with unlimited users. It offers a wide range of features, including:
  • Color-Coded Salon Software Appointment Book
  • 24/7 Customizable Online Booking Website
  • Appointment Reminders
  • Text Marketing
  • Automated Salon Marketing
  • Recurring Campaigns
  • Integrated POS Hardware
  • Full Front-Desk POS System
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Salon Management
  • Customizable and Pre-Designed Gift Cards
  • Real-Time Reports
  • Client Management
  • Reputation Management
  • Software Integrations

  • Salon Iris also offers free data conversions with pre-existing customer data converted to Salon Iris in as little as 24 hours.

Pros & Cons

Salon Iris offers a 14-day free trial and tiered subscription plans to cater to businesses of all sizes. All service plans include key features, such as online scheduling. However, features in the basic plan are rather limited with scheduling, appointment reminders, reports and dashboard, mobile apps and credit card processing included.

Pros

  • 14-day free trial
  • Multiple pricing plans
  • Online appointment scheduling

Cons

  • Limited services on basic plan

What Customers Are Saying

Salon Iris customers appreciate how easy it is to use and set up, even for people who aren’t tech savvy. One customer said, “Very user friendly. When downsizing my business of 14 years it was a smooth transition from having multiple user software to using single user software.”

Summary

Salon-Iris
Salon Iris
  • Starting Price
    • $29/month for Basic
    • $59/month for Deluxe
    • $109/month for Premier
    • $119/month for Professional
  • Online Appointment Scheduling
    Yes
  • Point of sale (POS)
    Yes
  • Inventory Management
    Yes
  • Marketing
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
  • # Users: Unlimited
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Salonist
Salonist
  • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac
  • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
Salonist is a salon appointment scheduling & booking software that offers a diverse range of functions for businesses of all sizes. Its suit of tools allows the automation of business and administrative processes such as appointment booking, scheduling and staff management that can simplify and streamline business transactions.. It has both website and app capabilities that can be integrated with social media handles. Some of its key features include:
  • Online Booking includes slots blockers

  • Complete Sales Trend Reporting

  • SMS Management

  • Coupon Management

  • Membership Management

  • Customer Profile Management

  • Centralized and Inclusive Inventory

  • Product Billing & Inventory Management

  • Feedback System

  • Expenses Management

  • Loyalty System

  • Staff Commission and Management

Salonist offers tiered pricing to avail its services. It is a multilingual software that serves more than 60 countries.

Pros & Cons

Salonist is considered as a great help to its clients due to its all around services that it fully offers. From the front end to the back end, employee management, customer relations to marketing, Salonist logs everything which makes everything accessible and efficient.

Pros

  • Before & After Pictures
  • Commision Management
  • Loyalty Program

Cons

  • Slow-customer service

What Customers Are Saying

    Summary

    Salonist
    Salonist
    • Starting Price
      • BASIC: $19/month
      • STARTER: $39/month
      • BUSINESS: $69/month
      • ENTERPRISE: $129/month
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    Super-salon
    Super Salon
    • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    SuperSalon is a salon management software solution with monthly subscription plans of varying sizes. Services for this software are delivered on-premise and in the cloud. Salons benefit from ongoing customer support via phone and email and a large assortment of features, including:
    • Appointment Booking & Scheduling
    • Predictive Traffic-Based Staffing
    • Inventory On-Hands Reporting
    • Predictive Purchasing
    • Customer Purchase History
    • Packages, Promotions, Discounts & Coupons
    • Cash Drawer Management
    • Text Communications
    • Customer Loyalty Programs
    • Mobile App
    • Facebook Booking
    • Web Check-In

    Easy graphical interfaces make learning to use Super Salon simple for most users and they can enable only the features they want to tailor the software to meet their business’ specific needs.

    Pros & Cons

    GoReminders offers a free trial and four levels of service to cater to salons of varying sizes, but only the Silver, Gold and Enterprise plans include all features. The Bronze plan has limited features, but it still includes key functions like email reminders, text messages and custom reminder messages.

    Pros

    • 14-day free trial
    • Low monthly fees
    • Multiple pricing plans

    Cons

    • No marketing features
    • Primarily for appointment reminders
    • Bronze package has limited features

    What Customers Are Saying

    Customers frequently mention how much GoReminders has reduced their no-shows and increased their rebooking rates and how much their own customers appreciate the service. “No more reminder phone calls. Saves on staff time plus customers like receiving a text vs. phone call,” said one customer.

    Summary

    Super-salon
    Super Salon
    • Starting Price
      • 1 staff member
      • $15/month for Basic
      • $20/month for Build
      • $30/month for Elevate
      • $35/month for Innovate
      • 2 - 7 staff
      • $15/month for Basic
      • $20/month for Build
      • $25/month for Elevate
      • $30/month for Innovate
      • 8 - 10 staff
      • $200/month for Elevate
      • $250/
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    Timely
    Timely
    • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    Timely is a cloud-based appointment scheduling solution with solutions for every size salon from individual professionals to small, medium and large businesses It provides all the tools and support salons need to manage their day-to-day tasks with plenty of features, including:
    • Appointment Scheduling
    • Pre-Appointment Consultations
    • Contact Tracing
    • Client Management
    • Sales and Payments
    • Marketing and Inventory
    • Staff Management
    • Reporting and Analytics
    • Business Administration

    Timely also provides several ways for salons to send reminders and notifications to their clients to reduce no-shows and late appointments. Automated SMS and email reminders go to customers and staff to remind them of new bookings, appointment changes and cancellations. Salons can also send rebooking reminders and follow-up appointments with automated messages or customized using a template. Business owners can accept payments with confidence due to Timely’s secure, private and encrypted transactions that use bank technology and PCI compliance.

    Pros & Cons

    Compared to some companies with starter plans ranging between $25 and $50 per month, Super Salon’s is relatively pricey. However, it offers a ton of valuable features like an integrated point of sale included in the starter plan and a free demo to allow users to try before they buy.

    Pros

    • Free demo
    • Online appointment scheduling
    • Marketing features

    Cons

    • Much higher monthly fees

    What Customers Are Saying

    Customers frequently mention Super Salon’s helpful, knowledgeable technical service representatives and the software’s ease of use and top-notch services. One customer said, “I love the power and flexibility of this software as it gives me EVERYTHING I need to run and manage my business.”

    Summary

    • Starting Price
      • Contact for quote
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Windows, Cloud-based, Android, iPhone, iPad
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    When-I-Work
    When I Work
    • Deployment: Cloud-based
    When I Work is a cloud-based employee scheduling solution that primarily helps businesses track employees’ time and attendance. It offers several scheduling features, including creating and editing work schedules to manage staffing needs. When I Work software builds team accountability with a mobile clock in and shift confirmation.
    It also provides shift tasks and team tasks to ensure everyone understands what’s expected and can communicate freely. Team communication features allow management to notify all employees instantly of any changes in the schedule with the group and one-on-one chats. Team empowerment features allow employees to manage their own availability by submitting time-off requests and collaborating with other team members on shift trades.
    Overtime alerts and labor reporting make it easy for management to control overtime costs and payroll integration allows worked hours to be easily inputted into popular payroll software solutions, such as QuickBooks and ADP. While the numerous scheduling features could be useful to salons with large staffs, smaller salons may not see a need for a specialized employee time management solution.

    Pros & Cons

    When I Work offers a low per-user, per-month rate, although it could add up for businesses with larger staffs. It doesn’t offer a free trial but does offer a free demo. This software is primarily used for tracking employees’ work schedules, which may not appeal to salon owners.

    Pros

    • Low monthly per user fee
    • Online appointment scheduling
    • Inventory management and POS system

    Cons

    • No marketing features
    • Primarily for tracking employee work schedules
    • No free trial

    What Customers Are Saying

    “Great product for the money. Very easy to use. Mobile app functionality is great. Messaging is very easy to use on both ends,” commented one customer. Other perks customers like is the ease of scheduling, the intuitiveness of the product and the responsive support they receive.

    Summary

    When-I-Work
    When I Work
    • Starting Price
      • $74/month for Basic
      • $114/month for Growth
      • $149/month for Premium
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Cloud-based
    You_reOnTime
    You'reOnTime
    • Deployment: Cloud-based
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium
    You’reOnTime is a cloud-based salon and spa management software that helps users manage online bookings, appointments, marketing, sales and more. It automates many work processes, allowing salon professionals to focus on core services and business growth. Key features include:
    • Appointment Book: Offers day or week view of scheduled appointment, recurring bookings empty slot searches
    • Online Booking: Allows clients to self-book online when it’s convenient for them.
    • Point of Sale: Integrates.
    • Marketing: Delivers flexible email and SMS marketing communication and can be combined with online booking and loyalty programs.
    • Client Management: Review client’s history to provide more personalized experiences, plus view previous appointments, sales, notes and photos for every client.
    • Appointment Reminders: Eliminate no-shows and late cancellations with automated text reminders and confirmations.
    • Inventory Management: Manage products to prevent over or under ordering or running out of stock and losing out sales.

    Pros & Cons

    You’reOnTime offers average monthly pricing with three plans available to fit various needs. The basic plan is somewhat limited on the services included, but it still offers the appointment calendar, online booking and POS. The standard plan is the most popular. It also offers a 14-day free trial to start.

    Pros

    • Average monthly pricing
    • 14-day free trial
    • Online appointment scheduling

    Cons

    • Limited features in the basic pricing plan
    • Not ideal for larger businesses

    What Customers Are Saying

    Customers frequently commend You’reOnTime’s helpful customer service reps, how quick and easy it is to set up the software and the numerous features available. One customer said, “Love the marketing options, labels and capabilities. The calendar is easy to utilize and view. Roster is easy to modify and manage.”

    Summary

    You_reOnTime
    You'reOnTime
    • Starting Price
      • $50/month for Basic
      • $100/month for Standard
      • $150/month for Premium
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Cloud-based
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium
    ZENOTI
    ZENOTI
    • Deployment: Cloud-based, iPhone, iPad
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large
    ZENOTI is an all-in-one cloud-based business management solution used by salons and spas for appointment scheduling, billing, marketing, inventory management, POS, configurable reports and more. It provides a full suite of front desk and back office tools to help salon owners manage business operations at an individual salon or multiple locations, all from a single interface. By embracing a modern solution, salons can elevate guest experience. Key features include:
    • Appointment Booking
    • Online Booking
    • Mobile Booking
    • Employee Management
    • Target Marketing
    • Billing and Payments
    • Core POS Features
    • Salon Memberships
    • Gift Cards and Packages
    • Salon Mobile Apps
    • Salon Inventory Management
    • Automated Administration
    • Automated Marketing Campaigns
    • Loyalty and Retention Programs
    • Customized Dashboards Reports
    • Data Migration Services

    ZENOTI offers monthly subscription pricing and built-in chat support. Its newest feature, ZENOTI Go transforms customer experience by providing touchless mobile check-ins and check-outs, eliminating lines at the front desk and the need to share devices.

    Pros & Cons

    ZENOTI offers a full array of features with its salon software, including robust online appointment scheduling, client profiles, loyalty programs and marketing features. However, it doesn’t provide pricing to compare affordability. It also doesn’t offer a free trial, but salons can request a free demo.

    Pros

    • Online appointment scheduling
    • Marketing features
    • Client profiles and loyalty program

    Cons

    • Unknown pricing
    • No free trial

    What Customers Are Saying

    ZENOTI customers praise the many features its software provides and how well it supports salon operations. One customer said, “Our team loves the ease and flexibility of the appointment set up and customer checkout. The system tracks all types of client series, loyalty points, and a variety of memberships.”

    Summary

    • Starting Price
      • Contact for quote
    • Online Appointment Scheduling
      Yes
    • Point of sale (POS)
      Yes
    • Inventory Management
      Yes
    • Marketing
      Yes
    Features
    • Deployment: Cloud-based, iPhone, iPad
    • # Users: Unlimited
    • For Businesses Sized: Small, Medium, Large

    How We Chose the Best Salon Software

    Salon software helps salon owners manage their day-to-day business operations and benefits owners of spas and hair, nail and beauty salons as well as independent stylists and beauty professionals. The best salon software partially hinges on the size of the salon, but the decision is ultimately based on the features the platform delivers. We evaluated companies based on the most important functions, including appointment scheduling, point of sale processing, inventory management and marketing features.

    Appointment Scheduling

    The most important feature of salon software is how well it helps manage client bookings and appointment calendars. Salons and spas need reliable salon software that makes scheduling and confirming appointments easy. Salon software often offers drag-and-drop features and color coding for ease of use, and some allow salon owners and operators to access and manage appointment scheduling on the go using a mobile app or cloud-based platform. We chose user-friendly software with an interface that’s simple for both staff and customers.

    Point of Sale (POS) Functionality

    Salon software isn't as helpful if it can’t help check out clients to ensure the salon gets paid. It's important that salon software incorporates point-of-sale (POS) functionality to ring up sales for products and services, process payments and create receipts. Payment processing should be available for a variety of payment methods including cash, debit and credit cards, electronic wallets, gift cards and coupons. We looked for software with salon-specific POS systems that make it easier for salon and spa owners to manage their businesses.

    Inventory Management

    Great salon software incorporates inventory management to ensure the salon shelves are always stocked and avoid missing out on sales. The best salon software platforms can track inventory and auto-order products when stock is low. They can also facilitate upselling by storing individual customer purchase histories. We evaluated inventory management capabilities to find salon software that helps reduce inventory costs, simplifies order processing and maximizes product sales.

    Marketing Features

    The best salon software helps owners grow their business with effective salon marketing. We evaluated salon software based on its ability to execute SMS, email and social media marketing campaigns. Although SMS and email are older technologies, they’re still two of the most effective ways to keep in touch with existing and potential clients, and social media has grown to become the ultimate place to market salons and spas. It's important for salon and spa owners to have the ability to easily plan and manage their own loyalty programs, promotional packages and/or gift coupons from within their salon software to get the most out of the platform.

    What Is Salon Software?

    Salon software is a suite of software tools designed especially for use in all types of salons and spas to help them manage every aspect of the day-to-day business operations. A salon management solution helps salon owners and independent stylists and beauticians automate time-consuming work processes to save time and money, maximizing the profitability of their business and allowing them to focus on their customers.

    There are two primary types of salon software, appointment software and all-in-one software. Appointment software mainly focuses on appointment and client management with various tools to manage scheduling and client profiles. This software must rely on other tools to provide the additional features a salon needs to manage other aspects of the business.

    All-in-one salon software does it all. Besides everything appointment software can do, all-in-one software has features that span every area of salon management, including salon marketing, point of sale and order processing, business reporting, staff management, inventory management and everything in between. Either version may offer mobile apps and online appointment scheduling to allow clients to self-schedule and automatically send out appointment reminders.

    Benefits of Salon Software

    Whether you use an online salon appointment booking system or cloud-based salon software, the right salon software can be a real game-changer with major benefits for your business. The biggest benefit is the time it saves when you automate certain processes, especially appointment calendars. Keeping up with new, updated and cancelled appointments during peak hours can be challenging and often leads to double bookings or missing open slots that could have been booked. Salon software tracks all these changes instantly and sends out alerts to the customer and assigned stylist every time there’s a change in the schedule. It can even automatically look for replacement clients for cancellations from a waiting list.

    Salon software also opens the option to offer online and/or mobile app appointment booking that allows customers to self-book appointments. You’ll have way fewer interruptions answering the phone to schedule appointments if your customers can do it themselves and, again, less risk of making a mistake on the schedule. Your software confirms appointments via text and/or email, eliminating calls you’d have to make. It also sends out appointment reminders, probably several reminders for the same appointment. This benefits you by decreasing no-shows, last minute cancellations and late arrivals.

    Must-Have Features for Salon Software

    Salon software offers a variety of features that help owners manage appointments, clients, staff, inventory, payment processing and everything else it takes to successfully run their business. Must-have features for your salon software depends on your business goals.

    Appointment scheduling is usually the most important must-have feature because nearly every salon owner wants to simplify this task. Look for salon software that makes scheduling and confirming appointments easy with online self-scheduling. Online and on-premise scheduling features must be user-friendly with simple interfaces anyone can use.

    Point-of-sale (POS) systems is another must-have feature to make checking out customers easier and letting you process payments, including debit and credit cards, EMV chip cards, NFC mobile payments, electronic wallets and gift cards. It’s important to provide as many payment options to your customers as possible. POS systems often integrate with an inventory management program, which is another must-have feature to track retail products and auto-order replacements when the stock gets low. This prevents you from running out of something and potentially losing a sale.

    Marketing tools are important features for salon software to help grow your business. Good salon software automates your marketing efforts by sending out promotional texts, emails and social media posts based on new or recurring marketing campaigns. These could include seasonal events or one-time specials.

    The Cost of Salon Software

    While there aren’t any free salon software options on our list, there are several that offer a free trial. Serious software buyers want to actually experience a software system before making a purchase to ensure it’s going to function as needed. Free trials tend to have the same functionality as the full-fledged product because the seller wants you to use it, like it and buy it. Some free trials are short, lasting only a week or two, but others give you a full 30 days to decide whether a software program is worth the cost. Many companies that don’t offer a free trial may offer a free demo instead, but a demo version doesn’t always function as fully as a trial version.

    The cost of salon software runs the gamut and hinges on how many features it has, how many users need to utilize it and the service tier you choose. These tiers usually start with a basic plan that’s must cheaper but is often missing key features you want. Simple appointment scheduling software will almost always be cheaper than all-in-one salon software. Our picks ranged between $15 and $429 per month, which is quite a gap, so compare your options carefully.