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Exploring New Business Technology

By: Victoria L. Rayner
Posted: June 23, 2008, from the June 2006 issue of Skin Inc. magazine.

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Administrative software. Software systems that manage administrative tasks can range in price from $349 to $5,000 or more, depending on the number of features. It is crucial to select the right program for the job. When choosing business software to conduct administrative and operational support, focus on maximizing its utilization throughout the facility and for all team members. Some of the most helpful and commonly used features of an efficient system include the following.

Accounting tasks. Payroll and accounting systems, account statements, financial reports, and check issuing and printing.

Appointment scheduling. Online booking with backup reminders.

Inventory-tracking systems. Product and vendor information, monitoring and reordering capabilities for treatment room supplies, and tracking office supplies and equipment purchases.

Marketing and communications. Client data tracking, mailing lists and labels.