Every stylist has to deal with no-shows and late cancellations. The average beauty professional faces 1-2 no-shows a week — adding up to nearly $5,000 missed income each year. Unfortunately, many professionals are afraid to hold their clients accountable. Your clients expect you to show up on time — shouldn’t you expect the same from them? Learn how to set up a no-show late cancellation policy that saves you time and money.
Good Clients Value Your Time
When a client books an appointment, they are purchasing time with you. If the client doesn’t honor their appointment, they are costing you that time. Of course, as humans mistakes happen, but the truth is: clients who consistently show up late are killing your business. In order to build your reputation and grow your brand, clients need to take your time seriously.
You’re Not Alone
If you’re worried that a no-show or late cancellation policy will come across as extreme, don’t be. Nearly 80 percent of stylists charge no-show and late clients — meaning your clients likely face the same fees with every other beauty professional they see. Having your own policy in place incentivizes your clients to show up, respect your schedule, honor your boundaries, and (most importantly) ensures you get paid.
Create a No-Show and Late Cancellation Policy
Start charging clients who arrive late to appointments, cancel last minute, and simply don’t show up with StyleSeat’s NSLC (No-Show Late Cancellation) tool. Putting a guideline in place not only acts as insurance for your time and money, it also incentivizes clients to make their appointment. StyleSeat notifies clients of your policy by automatically displaying your guidelines on your profile and including them in appointment reminder emails.
To create your custom policy on StyleSeat:
- Navigate to the More Tab and select Payments & No-Show Protection.
- Here you can choose how strict you would like your policy to be (flexible, moderate, or strict).
- For example, if you select a flexible 50 percent no-show fee, and your client doesn’t show for their $50 appointment, they will be charged $25.
- Once enabled, clients will be required to enter a credit card when they book an appointment.
- If a client cancels within 24 hours of the appointment, they will be charged your Late Cancellation fee. If the client no-shows, you have the option to charge your No Show fee.
At the end of the day, you have full control over your policy. If a loyal client cancels late, you can always choose to waive the fee. Have a first-time client who gets lost and misses their appointment? You can easily bypass your penalty. No-show and late cancellation protections are here to help you build your business and foster healthy client relationships, how you use them is always up to you.
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