Sep
09
2013
SHOULD YOU USE A SCHOOL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM?
Written by Lori Shecter

School Management Software

Is the way you are operating your studio CUTTING DOWN your enrollment and profit and eating into your valuable time? Some of you may already use school management systems, such as School Empower, Jack Rabbit or Studio Director. But our recent survey (thank you for entering) showed us that of about 3500 responses, under 60% used a school management system. Of the people that didn't use School Management Systems, more than 65% were UNSATISFIED or VERY UNSATISFIED with the way operated their business.

In this computer age, these statistics are surprising. But here's what we else we discovered:

  1. Many people found school management systems too hard to use. In fact, the time spent trying to learn them was overwhelming.
  2. Studio directors did not realize you can have a school management system and STILL have only IN STUDIO registration.
  3. Studios could not figure out how to set up discounts.
  4. Studios were afraid that somehow, people could steal revenue.
  5. Many studios felt they were not computer literate enough and still relied on excel spreadsheets.
  6. People thought you HAD to have a credit card processor if you wanted to have a studio management system.
  7. Studios felt that they wanted more control over who registered online and what classes parent enrolled their children for.

What can a school management do for you?

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  1. Decrease your time doing paperwork and bill collecting (especially those using School Empower.)
  2. Increase revenue by being able to easily offer discounts.
  3. Increase revenue because parents can pay by credit card.
  4. Wake up in the morning with new enrollments and payments.
  5. Have easy record management to cut down greatly on bookkeeping overhead and time.
  6. Easily see class rosters and which classes filled up and  easily able to cut out poor performing classes.  Wait lists are easy to go to and register students to class, keeping classes full.

When you've been used to running your business a certain way for many years, it can be painful to make a switch. That's why we are happy to announce our partnership with School Empower.  We know that School Empower was built with the non-tech saavy user in mind because a studio owner helped to build it PLUS SCHOOL EMPOWER is integrated with a Canadian gateway.  

Don't get left out in the cold by keeping registration manual.  The message is clear. You could be losing $10,000's by not having a school management system that is web and, even more important, mobile ready.