Looking for Salon Management software - Please help :)
A friend of my wife has opened up a hair salon. Not to big, only about 4 people working there so far. They purchased a POS system, that promptly failed a few days after purchase. They couldn't get any support through the manufacture or the seller as they didn't purchase the "customer care" package. To me thats absolute bull cocky, since it was a hardware issue. Since then he's been trying to find a new solution. He told me that the cheapest software he was able to find, that does what he wants, is around $1400 - software only not including hardware (and from the pictures he's shown me it looks like a telnet session or old dos based software)
I figured this can be done more efficiently if I build him a linux box running on a Mini-ITX system, with about 2gb of ram and maybe 500gb HDD. Small. Compact. Powerful enough to do what he needs and more. Maybe put in a 22" or 24" monitor. And I know there are usb powered "register drawers" available that are quite inexpensive.
Problem is I'm running into a problem with finding any software for linux that does Salon management. When I'm talking Salon Management, I'm talking P.O.S functionality, booking appointments, reminders, inventory, and if possible, would keep track of services and products sold to a customer (customer history). I know that GnomeSalon will allow customers to even book appointments online. Problem is - it hasn't been updated on sourceforge since 2003.
I've got a cloud system at home which I currently use for backups. On the cloud server I have a tape back up system. I am hoping to use Ubuntu 10.04 as the OS on this system, so that I can take advantage of the cloud capabilities - and see if I can work a deal where I'll take care of backing up his data remotely for a few $$ a month.
I don't think he needs anything enterprise level. Its one salon. It just opened. But who knows what the future will bring - but he can look into something enterprise level when he's got the $$ to back it up lol
I'm looking for any and all suggestions on this. I'm not looking for a strictly free alternative either. I'm sure if it's not to expensive, and the features are good, then he'll look at it as a viable option.
My way of trying to introduce more Linux to the world :)