So you have finally decided that it is time to upgrade. By upgrade I don’t mean you go buy some new yoga mats and other equipment for yoga exercises. It is time to go digital – time to install some yoga software. We are living in a time where technology is taking over almost everything. In fact, if you are not conducting any online business or having any appointments online, then you must be missing out on a vast market. On another level, business persons want software that will help them grow. They need them to reduce redundancy, save time, increase revenue and of course, draw in some new customers
Every new thing is usually faced with great challenges during its initial implementation. Yoga software is not an exception. In fact, the owners are faced with a hard time on whether to decide to go the software way or continue using their old ways of managing and scheduling yoga practices. If at all you have never used a yoga management software before, it’s pretty hard to know which one to go for. However, before you even make a move on this new investment, it is of great importance to know what your needs are and how the yoga software is going to meet them. Read on to have an insight when evaluating your software choices
The basic constituents of a good yoga studio software:
- Centralized automation. It should be a all-in-one software that is designed to automate all scheduling and other tasks.
- Comprehensive. It should be in a position to handle almost all studio operations.
- Web based as well as a desktop installed. Users should be able to access it from the web and also it should be accessible by the administrator through a desktop installed program.
What to consider before buying a yoga studio software
1. Ease for scheduling
How easy or difficult is the software? Does it provide drag and drop functionality? How hectic is the sign up process? Does it support multiple users? Basically this is mostly seen from the graphical part of the software. Talk of the color coding for different events. This is important for clients to memorize the color alongside the day for easy remembering.
2. Yoga studio sign up options
Take a look how extensive it is. It should be in a position to go beyond yoga as it is. It should have features of course, enrollment and even seminars. This is an important point to consider because it will have a direct impact on the clients. A yoga studio software that has more features than the client’s expectations is worth going for.
3. Payment methods
Of course at some point you will need to receive payments through the software. How well it handles this is a matter of great concern. How many payment options does it accept? Is it secure as a third party merchant? How is the credit card integration? It can go an extra mile to provide the hardware for card swiping. Whatever the option it has, it should be flexible, easy and secure to your clients.
4. Class scheduling
It should be flexible in this area. A yoga studio software that provides support for online scheduling from the web and even mobile devices is extremely a customer-service friendly software. People are using mobile phones more extensively than there before. Your clients should be able to schedule their classes at the convenience of their mobile devices.
5. E-mail and social media marketing feature
Don’t let that software confine you to that same niche you are operating in. Go social. Email and social media marketing can help boost in attracting new clients for your business. So the yoga studio software should provide for that as well. E-mails can also be used to pass messages to your students. For instance, if a student signs up for a class, the software can pass a reminder through that email to the student notifying him of a class he is supposed to attend.
6. Inventory tracking and account management
If that yoga studio software provides services for tracking the entire business, then a lot of time is saved. It will ensure that the stock records are clear, purchases records are well kept. It will also help track the students’ activities like the attendance, profile and referrals.
Other key elements you should also consider are:
- The history and reputation of the company you are sourcing the yoga studio software.
- Whether the Software runs in Mac, PC’s or both.
- The cost of the software.
- Importance of the software to your business.
- Support services from the company.
- Level of skills needed to operate it.