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Home Security: Installing the Right System


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Home Security: Installing the Right System

When I bought my first home, the first thing that I did was install a new security system. That meant comparing quite a few residential alarm systems until I found the one with the features I really wanted. Five years later, I'm still happy with my choice. In my case, certain features were especially important. The ability to access the system remotely was a big plus. Since I live alone, a system that I could use to summon help if I became ill or sustained a nasty fall also mattered. If you are thinking of installing a new system, let me provide some food for thought. By deciding what features you really need, it will be easier to focus on systems that are worth your time and your money.

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Three Things Your Gym's Management Software Should Do For You

Having a management software program for your gym can provide a streamlined way to handle many of your operational tasks. Finding the right software program can help make your job easier, so it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with some of the things the software program should do for you. Here is a quick overview of some essential functions your software should handle.

Monthly Billing

If you give your gym members the option of having their monthly fees taken directly out of their bank accounts, then you need a software program that can manage this task for you. The system should debit each account on the same day every month, so your members can anticipate when they will need to have funds available for the fees. You may also want to look for a system that triggers an automatic email when memberships are about to expire. This gives members a chance to renew. If your software has both a billing and accounting program, payments made can be automatically transferred to your monthly income ledger for accounting purposes. Ask a software company about gym billing software to learn more.

Scheduling

Whether you have personal trainers who schedule private sessions or you require members to sign up for classes, scheduling software is essential. By keeping track of all classes and training sessions, you can also keep track of additional income generated by those additional services. Your management software should also streamline information between scheduling and billing, so customers purchasing add-on services can be billed accordingly. Be sure that your scheduling platform also allows you to schedule staff members for work each week. Having both types of schedules in the same program can help you determine how much coverage you need based on the number of classes and personal training sessions booked for each day.

Online Sales

Some gym management software programs let you set up customer-facing portals that allow members to purchase additional goods and services. For example, they can book a massage and pay for it in advance. This purchase would trigger an entry into the scheduling program and record the sale in the accounting system. Some services you can charge for online might include time in the sauna, extra towels for workouts, or even personal training sessions.

Take the time to test out a few different software programs before you settle on one for your gym. In some cases, companies that make gym software will let you take a test drive to make sure all the features you want are included in the program. Once you decide on a management program, schedule time for your managers and supervisors to learn the operational basics.