Learning how to delegate work is a skill which every martial arts teacher should know. We all know that this is important because a single body cannot do everything that needs to be done. If you have a lot of work that needs to be done, you should consider passing the responsibility to another person, or, you can just use a computer program or software to make things easier.
If you are the old school type who prefers to do things manually then you’re missing out on a lot. Sure, it can be cheaper to do it yourself but managing student records, telling students about promotions, taking notes, making referrals, tracking attendance, tracking payments and all of the other things that you are required to do takes a lot of time. And of course you can hire people to do that but what about the costs? To be fair, using a software also has its own pros and cons. But if you are interested in using software to help manage your martial arts studio, then let me shed some light on some of the widely used products on the market today.
This software is widely used because of a simple reason. It combines the different aspects of handling a dojo into a single program. If you look at their website and take a tour to preview their product, everything looks great. Admittedly, the product is excellent. You have all the tools to keep track of your students, post promotions, update schedules, and keep up with billing and a lot of other things. But as I’ve scoured the internet and looked for other reviews, it seems that there is a problem with the company itself so it reflects on the product. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of dojos that have used ChampionsWay for so many years, the only problem is that it’s not updated to meet the demands of the changing times.
Open Black Belt
Now if you don’t have any idea what a martial arts school’s software does then I highly recommend that you use the Open Black Belt program (OBB). The best thing about trying OBB is that it’s free so you don’t have to worry about shelling money just to have use their product. Second, it’s very user friendly which makes it easy to learn and understand but doesn’t sacrifice the efficiency of the program. They do have the “Pro” version which means that you have to pay $120 per year to enjoy more services like payment collection, invoice tracking, expense tracking, and student self-check in but compared to other programs, $120 is really cheap. The only downside that I can see is that because of the price, some extra services are not included and may be a turn off to other business managers.
MindBody is like any decent martial arts software with a few add-ons (like the automated tasks feature) that somehow makes it special. But the really amazing thing that separates it from the rest is the customer service. Some people aren’t that tech savvy and they may have difficulties using these types of programs. MindBody offers excellent 24/7 customer service for all questions about their software. If you’ve used another service other than MindBody, no problem. They will do all the work and transfer all of your contacts and student information. They will also guide you in setting-up and learning all the things you need to learn to manage your business smoothly. Although their product is great, some people who have used the product complain of the slow transactions from credit cards so you still need to be wary.
In conclusion, every manager has his or her own needs and style of running their business. It is up to you to see and possibly try the best martial arts software that is most suited to your dojo. Good luck!