Picking Your Booking Service

Time posted: January 20, 2021 | Posted by: Samantha Marin

Choosing the booking service that has the right features for your small Beauty Business is critical to your success in your field. As a mobile makeup artist, look at the features you need and the ones you are certain you want to avoid. Finding the booking service that works for you and your clients won't be so hard after all!
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As a mobile makeup artist, using the booking service that’s right for you is critical to running a successful business. With so many options out there, here are some features to look for to find the right booking service without starting five different free trials.

You Want:

  1. In-App Messaging

Being able to talk to your clients within the app that you book them through is a game changer for your notifications. It’s hard to keep up with messages coming in from texts, Instagram, email, and Facebook Messenger all at once. Having one streamlined system will make your life infinitely easier.

  1. Easy-to-Use Scheduler

The last thing you want as a solopreneur is to agonize over a complicated scheduling system

Your booking system is everything! Make sure the calendar is easy to use. Image from Nathan Dumlao.

. Find a booking service that allows you to make quick edits on your schedule if needed and that doesn’t require hours of watching YouTube how-to videos to understand it. Block off non-work hours and you’re set to have a great schedule!

  1. Insurance Coverage

Not many services include insurance, but it’s important to think about. Even if you’re the most conscientious provider, clients can sue you if they slip and fall on your floor. A great way to avoid this is by having general liability insurance, but shopping for insurance is time consuming, and how do you know if you have the best plan for you? Look for a booking service that has you covered from the get-go. Here’s a list of treatments that you should definitely consider insuring, according to Salons Direct:

  • Eyelash extensions and lifts
  • Eyebrow threading, tinting, and laminating
  • Microblading
  • Dermaplaning
  • Manicures and pedicures
  • Spray tans and tanning beds
  • Facials
  1. Automation of Client Onboarding

    Insurance is important if you’re performing more dangerous tasks. Image from Natalia Chantae.

No one wants to manually onboard all their clients. You also don’t want to be stuck with duplicates that are difficult to delete. Luckily, lots of services do it for you, or the client fills in their information in a few quick steps. Find one that frees up hours of your time and gives you the chance to spend it with your clients.

You don’t want onboarding your clients to be difficult. Make it easy and fast with whatever booking system you choose. Image from Natalia Chantae.

You Don’t Want:

  1. Automated texts and calls to clients

Some booking services send automated reminders to clients, which may sound nice, but there are many problems that come with these systems. Clients sometimes receive more than one message, getting spammed with unhelpful texts rather than a single quick reminder. Also, if a client cancels but keeps getting the reminders, you don’t want them getting annoyed and never booking with you again!

  1. Complicated client onboarding process

If the onboarding process is so complex that you accidentally duplicate your clients, then it’s definitely not worth it. It’s best if clients set up their own profiles so they have all their information ready to go and you don’t have to fill it in. Typing in endless addresses and phone numbers is not worth your valuable time!

  1. A one-size-fits-all service

Many booking services try to cater to all small businesses at once. Find a service that is geared toward the Beauty Industry, so that all the features are tested and tailored to exactly what you need. That way you’re more likely to like everything they offer, and running your business will get that much easier.

You want a booking service that works for you, but also one that is easy for your clients to use. Image from Natalia Chantae.

  1. A service where you don’t retain your own brand identity

Don’t let a major brand wash away your personal style. As a solopreneur, you want to ensure that you keep all of your brand identity. If you can’t customize your profile, the booking service is definitely a no.

Good luck with finding your new personal assistant in a booking service! By keeping these things in mind, you’ll be getting tons of clients in no time.

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Samantha Marin

Sam is the Social Media Manager and a writer for KLYP. She is currently finishing her BA in English at Columbia University. She grew up in a small town in the mountains of Virginia, so she loves to explore America’s backcountry and less-traveled paths. Because (most of) her undergrad education was in Manhattan, she also has a special place in her heart for gigantic, crazy cities. Sam says, "KLYP’s message is what got me hooked: empowering providers instead of corporations. I love working with passionate Beauty Service Professionals who are the REAL hustlers and go-getters of the Beauty Industry. They inspire me to work harder every day."