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The Top 20 Most Affordable Salon Software Report

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Whether you have a new or a return client, a walk-in, or an appointment scheduled online, the best salon software on the market should meet all of your versatile needs without stressing your business financially.

Still, that sounds like a dream and too good to be true. A system that has everything you need and also cost effective? No way!

But it’s true! Finding the best software for your business doesn’t have to be a headache or a daydream. If you don’t believe us, take a look at Capterra’s Top 20 Most Affordable Salon Software report. Here, you will find the top 20 most cost-effective systems out of hundreds researched. Many of the solutions offer customer support, accounting and social media integrations, and even a free demo or free trial!

To see a full list of options, check out our Salon Software directory – the solutions featured here may not be the best fit for you, so remember to do your own research in addition to checking out our Top 20.

Research

We evaluated the available features of a system, the cost of those standard features, and customer reviews, which came from Capterra and our Gartner Digital Markets sister companies: GetApp and Software Advice.

We researched what the”typical buyer” of this market looked like, and created the pricing scenario, below:

ABC Salon is looking for their first salon software. They will have 2 users fully accessing the system and managing 5 service providers (limited access users). They have 1 location. They are looking at a 2 year commitment and need as many of the features listed as possible and as many of the following implementation, training, and support resources as possible (accounting integration, website integration, social media integration, mobile responsiveness, videos, articles/training documents, demos, email/help desk, and a FAQ/Knowledge Base.)

The standard, expected features considered in this pricing scenario are included below.

  1. Appointment scheduling
  2. Client database
  3. Inventory tracking
  4. Point of sale
  5. Employee management
  6. Payroll
  7. Client profiles
  8. Interaction tracking
  9. Online booking
  10. Appointment reminders
  11. Reporting

Below is a breakdown of the monthly cost of the Top 20 Most Affordable Salon solutions, based on the pricing scenario above:

Update: Insight Salon & Spa has altered their pricing model since this report launched. With this adjustment, their average monthly cost would fall in the $$$: $51 – $100 range. Any change in rank resulting from this change will be reflected in version 2 of the report.

Conclusion

While price and functionality are essential components to consider in your software search, the user-friendliness of a system should not be overlooked. Information on this matter regarding salon systems can be seen on our other new report, Top 20 Most User-Friendly Salon Software.

If you use both of these reports in conjunction, you and your company will be on a great stepping stone to finding the best software for your business in terms of cost and user-friendliness. Still, Capterra recommends looking at three to five solutions before making a final decision to ensure you make the right one.

So what do you think? Did we miss any of salon software vendors? Let us know! We plan to update this research annually.

Looking for Salon software? Check out Capterra's list of the best Salon software solutions.

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