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Get with the
Programs
Plenty of software systems are available for
beauty businesses, big and small. Here, some
of the most popular in the nail world:

Booker, the all-in-one business management
platform, started in 2007 as SpaBooker, a
division of SpaFinder. It has since expanded to
offer online booking, staff scheduling, and the
management of finances, customer relationships
and inventory, with basic features starting at
$85 a month. booker.com

GetPayroll was founded in 1991 by a CPA and
U.S. Tax Court Practitioner. It features Simon
Payroll, which was designed exclusively for
micro-businesses with 1 to 10 employees. The
company offers all-inclusive payroll, payroll tax
services and employment tax compliance for
large and small businesses at a flat monthly rate
of $20 per payroll. getpayroll.com

Available to members of the wellness service
industry since 2001, MindBody software offers
basic features starting at $75 a month and
allows salons to book clients online, manage
schedules, take payments, track business
operations, handle revenue and more.
mindbodyonline.com

A free point of sale app launched in 2010,
Square gives businesses the ability to accept
credit cards anywhere from a smartphone or
tablet with a flat 2.75% processing fee. Square
Appointments booking software, however, starts
at $30 per month and offers additional services
including e-commerce and payroll software.
squareup.com

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Typically, funds are deposited into
your bank account as soon as the next
business day, and instant deposit features
may also be available. "It even takes care
of reconciliations and daily cash drawer
closeout," Saleh notes. Ultimately, the
POS features help to simplify the salon's
operations so it can run more smoothly,
Saleh adds. "Most nail salons do not use
a POS system and it lessens the client
experience," she says. Fain agrees: "It
really allows us to service our customers
more efficiently."
In certain cases, e-commerce software
is also available, so you can sell gift
cards or certificates, memberships and
packages, and even merchandise online.
"I recently expanded my business, selling
different nail tech supply products, and
there's a Square feature that allows me to
customize invoices for the products we
are selling and even send them overseas,"
says Wiggins. "I have sent some invoices
to the U.K., and Square does all the
currency converting."

payroll
a breeze (really!).
4 Make

Managing money and paying employees
are additional burdens that business
software systems aim to ease. In many
cases, you can pay any combination of
hourly or salaried employees as well as
contractors. The people you're paying
submit all of their information online;
they can even sign up for direct deposit.
The software does the rest. It even
generates and files tax forms. "We take
the fear and guesswork out of doing
your own payroll," says Charles Read,
president/CEO of GetPayroll and Simon
in Lewisville, Texas. "With the lifetime
employee portal, the owner doesn't have
to worry about printing pay stubs or
getting year-end reports done; we do it
automatically. It's a great stress reliever
for the business owner."
The programs tend to be user-friendly
and are designed to minimize money
management mistakes, too. "Payroll
is a breeze and so easy to navigate,"
says Griggs. Even so, a lot of software
companies will cover you if an error
does occur. For instance, Square's
payroll specialists help make sure that

your taxes are calculated correctly and
that payments and filings are submitted
on time. GetPayroll also takes a limited
power of attorney, notes Read. "If
something happens and the owner gets
a letter from the IRS, we get the same
letter," he says. "We contact the IRS on
behalf of the business owner and usually
resolve the issue before the owner even
knows about it." Best of all, many payroll
features are priced according to how
much you use them. So, if you pay fewer
employees from one month to the next,
you're billed less.

Track what's working
in the salon-and
5what's
not.
Reports generated by software programs
also allow salons to more effectively
build their businesses. "Booker helps
identify trends and retain customer
preferences and appointment history,"
notes Fain. Griggs agrees: "SpaBooker
is excellent because it allows us to see
what our most booked services are,
which promos work for us, which ones
are mentioned most often and if we have
to use a discount for a less than stellar
service-which, of course, we hope
never happens!"
Griggs is also a fan of the sales, tips,
payroll and time clock reports. "Back in
the day, we used the old-fashioned punch
clock and it was just a mess," she says.
"With SpaBooker, the staff can easily
clock in and out, and if they forget here or
there, we can easily find their time through
the [software system]."
For Saleh, these reports are worth
every penny spent on the software.
"Without MindBody, I would have to
spend a significant amount of time each
week manually creating revenue, payroll,
inventory and other various reports,"
she explains. "There are so many report
options, and they include integration
with other systems, like BeautyNow,
QuickBooks and Referrizer." The bottom
line: From one feature to the next, these
software systems are all about saving you
time and money.
Alexa Joy Sherman is a freelance writer and editor
based in Los Angeles.


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