This preference is totally customizable! Some professionals use this option to help protect themselves from no-shows and cancellations. We could require a big deposit, but many of our experienced beauty professionals have noted doing that, will reduce bookings since their clients don't want that money tied up, and we want to help you grow your business!
So instead, we've created the perfect compromise: You can required clients to secure their appointment with a valid credit card, which can be used to charge a no-show or cancellation fee without putting a long hold on their payment in advance. This works out well for both clients and stylists! One thing to keep in mind, is that without the card on file, you will not be able to charge the cancellation/no-show fee, so be sure to consider this when changing this option! To set this preference, you'd open the app, go to Settings>Business Info>Booking & Payment. Once there, tap "Require Card."
Here, you can keep this set to "Always," change it to "Never," or just require it for new clients! This third option is great for stylists with a strong repeat clientele who are also bringing on new clients. To learn more about collecting no-show or cancellation fees, check out this related article: How do I protect myself against a no-show?