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Top 4 POS Systems For Spas And Salons

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Julie Titterington

Julie Titterington

Managing Editor at Merchant Maverick
Julie Titterington is a writer, editor, and native Oregonian. She graduated from George Fox University in 2004 with a BA in Writing/Literature. Julie has appeared in a variety of industry publications, including YFS Magazine, PM Times, and SmallBizClub. For the last five years, she has specialized in SMB software and services, particularly project management, point of sale, and small business lending.
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    Janet Avery

    Hi. We are in the process of upgrading my husbands barbershop. Currently we don’t use any technology to record cuts and establish pricing.

    What do you recommend that is simple to start off with for an established barbershop.

      Emily Hale

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for your question! I recommend the top pick on the list within the post, Square. You can start off by creating an account. I recommend opting for the chip card reader to start out with, as it’s a sturdy reader that offers the most protection for your purchase. Square makes things very simple to sign up and use. Also with no contract to sign, you aren’t stuck with it if you find something you like better. Our How to Set Up A Free Square Account might also be helpful for you. Best of luck!

        Maasa Craig

        Hi there, I’m a spa owner currently using Shedul and it’s working great except for the fact that I manually have to do payroll since it only allows payment on a commission basis. I pay each practitioner by “pay per service” method since facials and other esthetic services uses product and it doesn’t make sense to pay them a commission rate. Since each service varies I’m trying to find a POS system which will allow me to input different pay rates for each service and also different pay rates for individual staff members. Can you suggest a program to me? Thank you!

          Jessica Dinsmore

          Hi Maasa,

          This post mentions that Square has nice features just for salons and, although it’s a little more expensive, Vend should be able to meet your payroll needs. We also think most POS systems should be able to divvy up methods of payment in the way that you want. Best of luck!


            I’ve used Booker. I like them better than Mind body. Booker uses Mercury /Vantiv/ Wordplay for processing and it includes a monthly fee of their own. I actually stopped using Booker because I couldn’t ever get a cc processed and had to keep using my square. And for both mind body and Booker if you want to set up a subscription / recurring payment it Jack’s up the price too. I ended up switching to clinicsense 4-5 years ago. And have liked them better than Mind body or Booker, but it has it’s own flaws too. So it really comes down to what you can live with or without and what your willing to pay for for which set of headaches.

              Jacob Wanjohi

              Please give me details of a salon and spa software for SME in Africa

                Jessica Dinsmore

                Hi Jacob,

                I’d suggest giving Loyverse a look. They are designed to work anywhere, and appear to have businesses in Africa. They also have a salon-specific POS. We have not yet reviewed them for salon use, but you can check out our review of their POS software to get an idea of what they offer. I hope that helps!


                  Hi Julie!
                  I too was very happy to have stumbled upon your articles and have used them as reference for a year or so now. Looks like you have a ton of good information and this new one is right up my alley. I was wondering if you looked into Booker since it’s a full solution like you mention above, specializes in Spas & Salons and integrates with Clover Mini (so it covers Chip Card Payments)?

                    Chloe Bahal

                    Hi Meg,

                    You can find our review of Booker here.


                      Thanks Julie. My wife and I are opening a full service spa. We are new owners and have been looking for the most efficient and affordable business system. Time is money so to have an all inclusive payment, inventory, scheduling, and marketing system in one is an important investment. Thousands of products can be mind boggling. Your insights have led us to Mind and Body versus Sales Vu. Not sure which we will pick, but your article was extremely helpful. Thanks a mil. God bless you, your family, and your professional future. Thanks.

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