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With the help of Timely Business Management Software, you can build your business, without the need to be on call 24/7. Here’s how salons are doing it, according to Tamara Reid, Timely Head of Partnerships for Timely Business Management Software.

“Beauty industry professionals are a special bunch. Most of us find our way into the industry because we want to learn and grow while connecting with others. As many small business owners can attest, over time, clients become family – and it’s these bonds that make working in the beauty industry so special.

In years gone past, maintaining client relationships meant picking up the phone to book in new appointments and provide reminders. But now, thanks to business management software such as Timely, these manual phone calls are being replaced by automated text messages and emails, meaning you can spend more time doing what you love: connecting with clients in salon.

Concerned that by using automated messages in your salon, you could lose the human touch? You shouldn’t be, says Steve Moore, Small Business Consultant for Timely, who also co-owns a lash and brow salon in Darwin, Australia. “Using automation will take some of your work away, which will give you time to make more money,” he says. By automating your admin, you can be more specific about your communications and still “make those phone calls and connect with the clients who need it”.

Here's how to embrace technology so you can work smarter not harder…

Let Clients Book Themselves In

Did you know that 22 per cent of clients say that the ability to book online is the main reason they return to a business?

For the relationship-minded business owner, missing out on the opportunity to have a natter by allowing clients to book themselves in might feel counterintuitive; however, taking your booking system online could lead to an uptick in appointments.

Timely is the world’s smartest appointment booking software. By rolling out the software’s online booking feature, you can fill your calendar, maximise your booked time and appeal to new and existing clients who stumble on your business during a late night Instagram scroll.

“By switching to an online booking system, you can make money while you’re sleeping,” Steve explains. “Nothing feels better than waking up with 10 new appointments booked overnight.

“I can also oversee and manage my bookings from anywhere. I’ve been able to travel to Canada or Europe and still manage and support my team because of our automised booking system.”


Take Your Forms Online

‘I love doing paperwork’, said no one ever. Ever reviewed a client form filled out by hand and had to guess whether they put down a ‘G’ or a ‘7’? Going digital takes out the guesswork and cuts down on precious admin hours.

Using Timely to automate your consultation process means your clients can work their way through service eligibility checks and complete pre-appointment information in their own time. When they walk through the doors, you can spend a few minutes getting up to speed, ensuring that they feel valued and seen, and then get straight to the important bit: the appointment.

“I used to have a four drawer filing cabinet filled with nothing but consent forms,” Steve says, reflecting on when he used to run his salon without Timely. “Going online has been life changing. I used to have to manually scan consent forms and add them to client files – now, they go out with appointment reminders and the client fills them in beforehand.”

Automate Reminders and Follow Ups

If you’re not using automated appointment reminders and follow ups, you’re missing out. Timely’s automated text messages and emails are easy to set up, totally customisable, and have been proven to reduce no-shows. There’s also the option to automate aftercare reminders, referrals, rebooking reminders and special offers, too.

“Reminder messages reduce your amount of no-shows,” Steve shares. “In my own salon, we’ve reduced our last minute no-show rate to less than two per cent – and that’s for over 150 bookings per month. Now, we get one or two no-shows a month and that’s purely through SMS reminders.”

Make the Most of Reports

Want to know what’s happening in your business at a glance? Timely’s dashboard feature shows you the key business metrics in a simple visual way – from staff sales to client retention and rebooking metrics – to help you make informed decisions.

“You can see all sorts of things, like best performing treatments and products, along with how much money you’ve made through EFTPOS versus online payments. There’s a myriad of knowledge you can extract from the Timely system to manage and run your business.”

The real question is: what are you waiting for? By going digital, you could cut down on admin, reduce no-shows, make the most of reports and, most importantly, give yourself the gift of time, so you can be more present on the salon floor.

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This article appears in the July 2022 Issue of Hairdressers Journal

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This article appears in the July 2022 Issue of Hairdressers Journal