Phorest vs Fresha Plus (formerly Shedul)
Looking for a better alternative to Fresha Plus?
Take your salon growth seriously. Choose Phorest for a complete booking, marketing and management system for your salon. Free training for you and all of your staff and helpful support available, right when you need them.
Here’s exactly what Phorest can offer you that Fresha Plus can’t.
Protect your salon
Boost direct bookings
Own your brand
Top reasons why Phorest is a better choice than Fresha Plus for your salon
As a free software, Fresha's features are limited. Don’t let that limit your salon growth. Read in more detail exactly what Phorest can offer you that Fresha Plus can’t.
REASON #1 Protect your salon
We’re not a marketplace or directory
Free software always comes at a price - and that price is your salon data and clients. Phorest doesn’t run a salon marketplace or directory, like Fresha does. They make money from bookings taken through the directory - even more so from new client bookings (20% of a new client's total spend!). That means marketplaces pit you against other salons in your area, appealing to customers shopping around for the lowest price. With Phorest that won’t happen to you. All of our marketing tools are designed to help you get your clients back in, spending more and generating referrals.
Own all your own data
Your client information and service history is the lifeblood of your salon - you should own that data and protect it at all costs. And when you use Phorest, that is the case - we’ll never contact your clients directly to promote Phorest features. Fresha, on the other hand, promotes their marketplace to your clients via SMS, enticing them to shop around and book with your competitors.
Multiple no-show alerts
Unreliable clients can leave you with empty timeslots and cost valuable revenue. Phorest automatically adds a note to client records when a client doesn’t show for an appointment, and you’ll get a ‘multiple no-show’ alert when they try to book with you over the phone. This allows you to turn them away, or request they book online with a deposit, allowing you to capture their payment details and charge a no-show fee should it happen again.
REASON #2 Boost direct bookings
Free SMS to clients overdue to rebook
Machine learning in Phorest recognises when your clients are overdue to rebook their usual services, and you can send an SMS to them, free of charge, to remind them to make that booking asap.
Automated rebooking feature
Taking that one step further, if you don’t want to remember to hit send on that campaign to your overdue clients each day, you can use the automated rebooking feature to automatically send that reminder SMS for you.
Keep your clients coming back and spending more with our Treatcard Loyalty program, designed specifically for salons. Our Treatcard salons enjoy a 30% rise in clients average spend and a 21% boost in revenue.
Protect your staff and your clients by minimising close contact, but keep revenue coming into your salon with video consultations. Confirmations, reminders and video links are automatically created and sent to clients and staff. Just login and chat!
Add staff bios & service descriptions in online booking to increase conversion
Phorest lets you add extra information about your staff members and your services in your online booking portal - just another way to sell your great skills and services and make sure the client com
If a client cancels their appointment don’t miss out on filling the space - your waiting list can be filled with clients hoping for a spot each day - just get in touch with them to fill the space!
REASON #3 Own your brand
Top class marketing suite
Create your own campaigns or use one of our tried & tested email & SMS templates to connect with clients and get them back in and spending more. Our email builder comes with a library of free-to-use stock photos, and an image editor tool to make them your own.
Most salons only have email addresses for 30% of their clients. Don’t put all that effort into beautiful marketing promotions, only to miss 70% of your clients! Phorest is the only salon software with a Fallback SMS feature that lets you send a link to your promotion, via SMS, to clients that do not have a valid email address on their client card.
Your own booking app in the app store
Give your customers a professional experience and a simple way to book with you on their own time, with your own salon booking app they can download from the Apple or Android app stores.
Online reputation manager
No other salon software has a built-in online reputation manager, helping you get hundreds of 5 star reviews on Google, Facebook and Yelp by prompting your best reviewers to share their comments online in one click. Let your online reputation generate referrals for you while you sleep.
REASON #4 Easier management
Stock take app
Take the chore out of stock takes with our iPhone and Android app – just scan the barcode with your phone’s camera, enter your stock count, and you’re done!
Before & after image portfolio
Store your before and after pictures, safe in the cloud, attached to the relevant client card, and easily search and share pictures straight to social media from the app.
REASON #5 Renowned Support Team
Support is at our core
Our clients can’t say enough good things about our excellent support team. 'Seirbhís go hiontach' (excellence in service) is a driving mantra here at Phorest. Just check out what they’re saying about us below.
Free training for life
You and your team will get comprehensive onboarding training when you switch to Phorest, but we don’t stop there. You can book additional free online training sessions with us for as long as you like, for old staff and new alike.
Dedicated Business Advisor to help you increase salon revenue
With many other salon software providers you’ll get an account manager to help you get set up, but once you’re up and running you won’t hear from them again. With Phorest you’ll be assigned a Business Advisor to make sure you’re getting the most from your software, supporting you to keep growing your business and increasing your revenue.
Don’t take our word for it
Read what some of our happy clients are saying about us on review sites like Capterra, Google, GetApp and Facebook.
Ready to switch from Fresha Plus to Phorest?
Talk to us about how Phorest can help manage, market and grow your salon.
Switching to Phorest is easy because we are here to help in any way
Easy MigrationAll our plans include tailored set up for your salon. We'll import your clients, staff, services and products for you. Our migration specialists have years of experience in safely migrating client record information from most other salon software.
Free Training for LifeWe'll set you and your team up with comprehensive onboarding training; and you can book additional online training sessions with us for as long as you like. New staff starting in the future? No problem, we'll get them trained up too at no extra cost.
Support second to noneOur friendly support team is on call, email or chat, and they're renowned for going above and beyond to answer your questions, big or small, as quickly as they possibly can. 'Seirbhís go hiontach' (excellence in service) is a driving mantra here at Phorest.
“We have successfully migrated hundreds of salons from Fresha, Fresha Plus or Shedul to Phorest. The team and I will help to make the process as simple as possible for you – bringing across your client list, service history and contact details, appointments, services, products, staff etc. If there’s anything we can’t migrate for you, our onboarding team will guide you through our simple input process, so you can make the transition with zero downtime at your salon.”
Shane Kelly, Data Migration Specialist
at Phorest Salon Software