It’s that time of year again! The Christmas carols are playing in the shopping malls, sparkly paraphernalia is beginning to appear, and you’re probably thinking about how to make the most of the holiday buzz for your business.

Tips to Survive the Silly Season

We’ve got you covered with some hints and tips to get through the silly season. Grab yourself a glass of eggnog and get some cool ideas!

Take bookings from Instagram

In case you missed it, you can now add your Timely Book button to your Instagram account, for free. Making it easier for clients to get inspiration from your posts and book their pre-Christmas appointment.

Make the season more manageable for your clients

Timely is the first salon management software to offer Afterpay, allowing your clients to pay for their products and services in four equal instalments every two weeks, while you get paid straight away. You should also know that the Afterpay application process may take a few weeks, so get started now! Give your clients more options to manage their payments this silly season.

Gift vouchers are the perfect gift

From the mother in-law who has everything to the favourite niece, everyone loves a gift voucher. They’re a great way to capture new business and to entice regulars don’t forget to tell your clients that you offer them.

Learn how to sell gift vouchers through Timely.

Silly season discounts

If you’d like to offer a Christmas discount, it’s easy to set this up in Timely. Head to Setup > Discounts and click the big green ‘Add discount’ button. You can choose to set up a fixed amount discount (e.g. $10 off) or a percentage discount. Check out this guide on working with discounts for more.


Check out this guide on working with discounts for more.

Send out a festive email to your clients

Everyone loves a Christmas card. Our Timely and MailChimp integration is a brilliant combination that allows you to send beautiful email campaigns to your clients.

Promote your New Year specials

For many businesses the New Year can be a quiet time for bookings. SMS marketing is a great way to entice your client’s in. Get your specials delivered right to your client’s mobile phones. Head to Promote > SMS marketing to get started!


Note: SMS marketing is currently only available to businesses in some countries.

Taking a break? set up your closed dates

If you’re planning to shut down for some well deserved relaxation over the Christmas period, you can block out your calendar using Closed dates. Head to Setup > Closed dates to enter them.


Update your staff availability in the roster

If your staff are taking holidays over the Christmas break, make sure to roster them off to ensure no bookings are placed with them while they’re away.

Check out our handy guide to using the roster for more.


That’s all for now folks! We wish you all the best for the silly season, and hope you have some time to relax and spend time with family and friends.

Let us know how you’ll make the most of Timely during the festive season in the comments!