Posted on March 29, 2018
Sola Salon Studios
As a Sola studio owner, you have the opportunity and flexibility to call the shots when it comes to your business. You also have the freedom to manage a schedule giving you the chance to embrace a work/life balance. Because we want to help you be successful and live a rewarding life and career, we developed SolaGenius; a cutting edge app designed to supercharge your business and streamline processes. Even if you’re not tech-savvy (or think you’re not), you can benefit from the simplicity of SolaGenius.
But before we dive in and explain all the reasons why your life and business will benefit from using SolaGenius, we want to take a few seconds to explain something extremely important.
Technology is a scary word for many. For some it means change, and for others it means having to learn yet one more thing that may be confusing. Consider SolaGenius a virtual personal assistant that you manage on your phone. It sounds pretty glamorous and savvy, because it is, and also like someone who knows what they’re doing.
Imagine having a webmaster, a marketing guru, a receptionist to book appointments and close the sale, a project manager to keep you on schedule, someone to jot down all your client information and notes, and a bookkeeper all on hand, at your beck and call. That’s exactly what SolaGenius is.
Let’s go through each reason why your life and business needs SolaGenius to wear the many hats you have to throughout the day. It’s most important to know how helpful, productive, powerful, and necessary your new “virtual personal assistant” will mean the moment you start using it.
Who Needs & Benefits from using SolaGenius
There are actually two groups of people who benefit from using SolaGenius. First, it’s you. We created this for the Sola salon professional who:
But...it’s not just for you, the Sola salon pro. We also developed this for your clients. Here’s why. Because your clients are spending a significant amount of the day on their phones, and they are booking their online appointments at THEIR leisure and convenience, and sometimes they just need a reminder (or a gentle “push”) to get them to pre-book their appointment, is why SolaGenius was created. We don’t want you to miss out on them walking through your salon door.
“Nothing is more expensive than a missed opportunity.”
H. Jackson Brown, Jr., Author
What Is SolaGenius, Exactly?
Have you heard of Vargo, Styleseat, or Schedulicity? SolaGenius is similar but uniquely made for Sola Stylists.
To put things clearly, SolaGenius is:
Why Should I Be Using SolaGenius?
Running a business takes time, and let’s face it, time really is money, so when an opportunity presents itself and gives you the chance to protect your time, it’s not just a win-win for your business, but also for your career and for your personal life.
When you’re not burning through time corresponding and booking appointments, calculating and crunching numbers in Excel or on (gasp!) paper, managing marketing strategies, and making sure you have a social media presence, you have more time to further your skills, education, do what you love, and most importantly live life.
Let’s drill these down even one more step further because your time is valuable and it should be used wisely. We mentioned earlier that SolaGenius can “wear a lot of hats” and that it eliminates the need for having a bunch of extra “people” in your professional life that would cost you extra money in addition to helping you streamline processes. For example:
Where Can I Find SolaGenius?
If you have Sola Pro on your phone, that is the quickest way to access the app. Just open Sola Pro and click on the SolaGenius section on the main screen, that will take you directly to the download page.
Or you can search for SolaGenius or Gloss Genius in your app store. The icon will look like this:
Then choose GET or INSTALL.Once you’ve successfully downloaded the app, you’re ready to get started.
Once you open the app for the first time, the screen will look like this on the bottom of the screen and you’ll see the words: Are you Sola Professional?
Click on those words. Once you click on that, you’ll be taken to the main screen where you will need to sign up for SolaGenius. Please make sure that you use the same email that you used on the Sola website so we can identify you within our system.
What is the cost associated with using SolaGenius?
For the price of 5 Starbucks Venti Skinny Vanilla Lattes in one week, you could be using SolaGenius for the entire month. Not a coffee drinker? Then how about 3 vegetarian burrito bowls from Chipotle, or 2 martinis after work, or admission for 1 to see a 3D IMAX movie. The money you spend on dining out or taking in a blockbuster hit can be spent on building your business, your brand, and your bank account. The average price of a woman’s haircut is around $45. To afford SolaGenius, you have to at least perform a half a haircut per month.
It’s that cost-effective and affordable.
And when you want to compare it to the other platforms we mentioned—Vargo, Styleseat, and Schedulicity—there are no additional hidden fees and you access to EVERY feature and you don’t have to purchase any additional hardware like a card swiper.
Let’s break down some more perks:
How Do I Use SolaGenius?
What’s ideal about all this is that you don’t need a huge manual to get started and use SolaGenius.We use smart technology (we promise not to use that word again) that guides you through your set up from beginning to end, and it is always prompting your next step and course of action. So as you go through and set up your online booking website and get everything up and running, you’re not going into it blindly and the “virtual assistant” is there to help you. But just in case for any reason you get completely stumped, we have 24/7 customer support ready and willing to ease you through the process and any hiccups you may encounter along with way.
After you download the app and sign up, you will be prompted by our “White Glove Service” to enter in all your contacts. This is by far one of our most embraced and celebrated features because it is truly a time-saver. With White Glove Service, and you can arrange to have all of your appointment, contact information plus notes transfer from another app or your notebook (or both) into your SolaGenius app. This saves you valuable time and energy.
Once you’ve downloaded SolaGenius, and imported your contacts you’re ready to get going.
The best way to customize the app so that it works for you, will be by accessing your personal assistant - take a few hours out of your day let the assistant guide you through how to set up your business.
You can also watch the video by going to settings, and clicking on University.
Throughout the year new blogs will be added so you can learn how to make the most of your SolaGenius.
And if you’re ever unsure of what to do, where to go, or how to do something, you can always access our FAQs or revisit the videos available in Sola University.
We have given you a ton of information and it may feel a little intimidating, but know one thing is for certain - we have created SolaGenius to be as easy and as streamlined as humanly possible because we want you to succeed and enjoy being an entrepreneur.
“Coming from over 30 years as a beauty professional, I admit the leap of faith into the digital world, is one of the scariest of all. Sola Genius has made that leap so easy, supported and FUN the whole way. My business has never been more successful and I know in my heart I can move confidently into the next 30 years with SolaGenius by my side!”
- Kim Bennett Horvath, Sola Studio Owner