I switched over some years ago and haven't looked back. I pay for ovatu and it can be used anywhere which has been fab. If your computer crashes it's on your phone, iPad, anywhere!
Clients can book online and you can implement a fee or not. You can even have a booking fee on certain services.
Automatically it sends emails to clients on their birthdays and sending a monthly promo email to clients is really easy. Their costs start from £15 with no upfront costs. Some I looked at were several thousand to get up and running. Support is free and fantastic. I started off thinking I'd try them before I looked anywhere else and now I'm not looking anywhere else.
As I work by myself from home paper diary suits me best.
I use the 'week to view' type with all the dates and times already written in.
Very portable between salon , office and kitchen phone. Pencil and eraser always by its side!
Mentioned on another thread, but using shedul.com (it's free permanently for those who register now, so later members will have to pay) or you could google or outlook 365 calendar for scheduling and contact database, which is all free
I've always used a booking system and after reading comment on salon geek I have signed up to Ovatu it's great especially as a new mobile therapist as I don't have the funds for premier spa or phorest at the moment but I do always have a back up in my personal paper diary as from experience these phones and iPads can (but very rarely) let you down.
I'm using 10to8.com It's free for my current use, and it's really sorted my life out. It's sending sms reminders, offers online booking and allows me to maintain 2-way chat with my clients ahead of bookings. That's really made me look more professional, and can't be achieved with a paper diary. It's 2016, use an web/mobile service, they're not that scary and clumsy anymore!
Hi Loulou, I'm not affiliated with them. But I do like them a lot, and sometimes get overexcited. It's one of the things that really made a difference to how I run my business lately, and was an easy one to share with the community. Looking forward to getting involved in threads on other topics too..
I started using shedul.com this week and love it! I am not very computer say but I find this system very easy to use and with all its features I can tell it will also make the book keeping/accounting part of my work so much easier!
I have tried and tried and tried many online booking systems, setmore.com is neat but so far nothing comes near ovatu. Nice design, stock control, reminder messages, bulk messages, emailing, even social media +online booking and easy to use staff rosters. Have to try few to find your favourite I guess