Top Freeware and Software for Salons

Because so many small businesses out there are salons (hair salons, nail salons, massage parlors, tanning salons, etc) I decided to compile a list of software for salons. Prices range from free, to $1600. Check out the options. If there is a program you like to use that I missed, please let me know under comments and I’ll check it out. Keep in mind that this list is geared towards small businesses, other larger businesses might benefit more from enterprise scheduling software solutions.

30-day free trial, $39.95 to buy.

“Salon Calendar is a modern and easy to use software tool for schedule management in companies or for individual use. It offers a number of features for organizing efficient and handy working schedule for masters in hair salons, beauty, manicure or aesthetic shops, tanning salons, fitness studios, wedding salons, fashion shops, beauty centers, plastic, and cosmetic surgery clinics.”

30 day free trial 99.95 one time fee to buy

“This salon software management program includes an appointment book with drag and drop capability, overwrite protection and a free text feature. There are also inventory, services, and SMS text messaging so you can send an email to a customers cell phone from within the program, payroll, POS with split tendered and split tickets, reports, Gift log, Gift cards, Credit cards, Debit card , Automated Reminders.”

Free trial is for unlimited time, but only lets you input 10 clients. It also includes 30 days of free online appointment booking. They also offer an assortment of hardware solutions and other services such as credit card processing. The “standard” package runs $699 and there are other options including a LAN package at $1599.

“This salon and spa software is a complete salon and spa software package for your salon or spa that is powerful, yet simple-to-use or your money back. Salon Iris salon and spa software tracks clients, inventory, employees, appointments, payroll, networking, and much more. Salon Iris salon and spa software works with cash drawers, bar code scanners, receipt printers, and other hardware, including touch screens.

Free. This is just a fun tool, it is not scheduling/POS.

“With this entertaining and creative software, you can design your own fashion look for Men. This make-over tool for men is loaded with features designed to assist in the creation of a handsome new look. You can experiment with hair styles like Blunt Bob, Casual, Soft Dimensional, Razor cut, Short Topper, Traditional, Twisted Quiff, Wavy Layer and more.”


“NailSoft v1.5 is a Nail and Hair Salon management system. It is used to do daily customers in and out activities. It is user friendly by windows graphical conduction. A password is used to access important information like employee’s data and your own salon pricing list. Also, you can tell exactly when was the last time the client came in for service, and what he/she had and who served him/her.”

Cash Flow Tip – Business Cycle Coordination

One of the most important steps in attempting to calculate cash flow is breaking your business down into cycles.  Some examples of business cycles are:  inventory cycle, accounts payable cycle, sales cycle, and accounts receivable cycle. 

The key to smooth cash flow is to coordinate these cycles as much as possible with one another. Unfortunately for many of our clients, thorough coordination is difficult, sometimes impossible.  Inventory needs to be procured, products/services are sold, and only then are funds received from accounts receivable.  Unfortunately, overhead needs to be paid for and as well as inventory. 

The best solution is to try to negotiate with your vendors and find a payment schedule that works with your cash flow schedule.  You should also make sure you convert your sales to cash in the shortest possible time.  However, because many of your vendors and clients face the same issues you do, it is not infrequent that you will unable to put off paying invoices until people pay you.  Many of your vendors may not even be able to deliver a product or service before it is paid for.  If  this is the case in your business, you may want to look into alternative financing such as a small business loan, or a business cash advance.

Here is a more detailed article/post on Cash Flow.