Working remotely is easier than ever when using technology to your advantage!
Do ever feel like you just need to get away from it all, maybe even for just a few short days, but worry how your salon will keep running when you’re not there? With the proper tools, the ability to spend a long weekend at the beach is no longer a fantasy!
If you are using a software program that offers remote access capabilities, working anytime, from anywhere, can become your reality.
Communication is one of the most essential tools for ensuring that your business runs like a well-oiled machine. The use of technology will allow you to clearly and effectively communicate with your staff, even if you’re not physically at your salon. For example, the use of an internal email system enables you to send messages to your staff about upcoming meetings, new promotions that you are launching, or even notify them of amended policies you are implementing. An added advantage is that your staff can communicate not only with you, but also with their coworkers, without having access to the Internet. We’re all too familiar with the age old adage “while the cat’s away, the mice will play” – using an internal email system and disabling Internet access will allow you to rest easy knowing that your staff can send and receive important messages without the ability to go online.
Not only does real-time remote access allow you to effortlessly communicate with your staff, it also enables you to manage day-to-day activities from afar. Imagine the possibility of preparing and monitoring staff schedules from the privacy and comfort of your home. Or, how about those goals that you’ve set for your salon … wouldn’t it be nice to track their progress without making a physical appearance at your place of business? Maybe you want to get an update on a task that you assigned to someone last week. You don’t even have to pick up the phone to ask, but can instead view the status electronically.
When using the right system, anything that you would do while at the salon can be done remotely without interrupting the operation of your business. The ability to run financial reports, view how long your beds have been dirty, or add a new membership to your service menu becomes an actuality.
Want to take a mini-vacation to visit your loved ones on the first of next month, but hesitate to do so because it’s your EFT draw day, and rather than entrust this important task to your staff, you prefer to create and reconcile your batches yourself? With just a laptop and an Internet connection, you don’t have to give it a second thought!
Perhaps you have just a few small action items to complete tomorrow – approve timecards and create a purchase order for eyewear. Not only does the flexibility to perform such activities at home save you time, but also provides a cost savings as well, as it decreases gas usage and potential toll charges. And hey, you’re even making the world a little “greener” while you’re at it.
In essence, a work-life balance equates to health and happiness. Working remotely is easier than ever when using technology to your advantage!
Melissa Damiani is the Sales Manager of SunLync Software, Inc. a member of the JK-North America group of companies. With the company since 2002, Melissa has served the organization in several capacities, and has extensive knowledge of all aspects required to deliver robust salon management software solutions that are designed to enable measurable growth within its users’ ever-evolving business models.
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