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Authorize.Net Snafu

Update – Authorize.Net Refund Issues

If you process credit or debit card payments, please read this announcement.

We at ClassJuggler have heard in the last several days from a number of our clients (dance studio owners, cheer/gymnastics studio owners, music schools, swim schools, K-12 and martial arts schools) that Authorize.Net is experiencing issues with their ability to let its merchant customers process refunds to their customers, causing a great deal of frustration.

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The issue may appear to be coming from ClassJuggler’s software, since we provide merchant processing services within ClassJuggler, but the problem is actually from authorize.net, one of the nation’s biggest payment gateway service providers, and the gateway service provider that we use. The problem is likely widespread, affecting thousands or even millions of businesses around the globe.

Authorize.net estimates that they will have the ECC refunding issue resolved by the end of this week (June 23).

WORKAROUND: How to process your customers’ refunds

Until authorize.net has resolved their issues, we’ve put together some brief instructions you can use as a business owner to process refunds directly from the Authorize.Net gateway.2019-06-19_13-35-09

Download a PDF of our step-by-step instructions here.

Following these steps will allow you to process any of the important refunds you have that cannot wait until the Visa team is able to correct the issue with their Authorize.Net gateway service.

Thanks for your patience!

—The ClassJuggler Support team

ClassJuggler customers – 1000 and counting!

announcement iconAs ClassJuggler continues to grow, serving an ever-increasing number of class-based businesses, we are proud to announce the recent signing on of our 1000th customer!

We crossed that 1000 customer mark just as we began our 14th year of service to dance studios, cheer and gymnastics schools, swim schools, music schools,cj-jugglingballs K-12 programs and schools, martial arts academies, tennis camps and a host of other class-based businesses across the U.S., Canada, Great Britain, and Australia.

ClassJuggler’s president and founder Jon Koerber shared this: jon at IDEA 2016“It is an honor to know that we have helped a thousand businesses in four countries to be stronger and more efficient in running their businesses, so that they can put their focus right where they wanted: on their students. We look forward to welcoming the next 1000 customers!”

Introducing Anar, Customer ID 1000

DSC_9415 Lo-rezAnar Mehta, owner of the iCode franchise for Allen/Fairview, Texas, has the unique distinction of holding ClassJuggler’s customer ID number of 1000. We are sending her an Amazon gift certificate for $100 to honor this event.

We asked Anar to tell us a little about her experience with using ClassJuggler. She said, “I’ve only just begun with ClassJuggler and I’ve been most impressed by their customer support. As I start up, it’s always been good to be able to touch base easily, to reach them immediately and get any questions I have answered ASAP.”DSC_9432 cropped

ICode, one of several franchise organizations that we support, is a leader in computer science education, striving to enrich the educational experience and capability of tomorrow’s workforce by giving students the technical expertise, cognitive flexibility and real-world skills to be tomorrow’s exceptional talent. Learn more about iCode at icodeschool.com/ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/iCodeCorporate

Learn more about Anar’s Texas-based iCode business at icodeschool.com/icode-allen-fairview/.

We are grateful to Anar – and to you, all our customers – for making it possible for us to become one of the leading online business management software solutions for schools.

Get more info on how ClassJuggler supports the business needs of franchises.

Relief for Businesses Effected by Florence & Fires

ClassJuggler offers relief pricing for customers effected by disasters

Hurricane Florence has wreaked havoc upon not just individuals and families along the East Coast but also businesses experiencing wind damage, flood damage, storm related closures, and class cancellations. hurricane Florence 2Meanwhile, the ongoing wildfires throughout California are also making it difficult for many of our customers, raising expenses and reducing revenues.

At times like this, we feel it is important that we all dig in to help. To do our part, ClassJuggler is offering any of our clients whose businesses have been affected by the hurricane or wildfires a 50% reduction in their ClassJuggler fees as they work to clean up and recover.

forest firesIf your business has been impacted, and you are a current customer, we encourage you to reach out to us at support@classjuggler.com or via ClassJuggler support, or call us directly at our toll-free support line (866) 214-6128.

We also urge all of our clients to do what they can to help out by contributing the the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which is supporting the needs of businesses and individuals affected by this summer’s forest fires as well as those affected by flooding and storm damage from hurricane Florence.

Get SMART in 2019: Make New Year’s Resolutions That Stick!

Are you solid with your resolutions and business goals for the coming year? If not, the problem could be baked into the resolutions themselves. Use the S.M.A.R.T. acronym to radically raise the likelihood that you’ll achieve your goals.

The S.M.A.R.T. method of planning business goals or individual goals is popular among leading businesses globally, and there’s no reason not to capitalize on this methodology for your own school and life planning.
Businesses often use the word COMMITMENTS, rather than RESOLUTIONS, but it’s  essentially the same thing commitments or resolutions are what you (as an individual or as a business) will do to achieve certain standards or improvements in your life or work.

What getting S.M.A.R.T. means

Each letter of S.M.A.R.T. is the key to planning goals and actions that you’ll actually get done. Here’s how.

S is for Specific
Define specific results you expect as an outcome for the commitment. Example: “Losing 10 pounds” and “Add at least 50 new students” imageare specific. “Be uplifting” and “Be a better coach” are not specific.

M is for Measurable

Ensure that your actions can be measured as you progress toward completing your commitment. Can you measure the quantity and/or quality concretely? Example: “Increase attendance rate to 90%” and “Improve customer service feedback scores from Good to Very Good” are measurable; you can measurably check your progress quarterly or monthly to ensure that you’re on target.

A is for Achievable
Create commitments that are challenging, yet achievable. If it’s too lofty – “Grow my revenues fourfold in 2016” – you’ll only get frustrated or unhappy when it becomes evident that it’s not realistic.

R is for Results-oriented
Measure success on the results you achieve, not just on the steps you take. So, reduce my body fat from 25% to 23% is about results, while “Eat healthfully every day” is not.

T is for Time-specific
With each commitment, establish milestones, checkpoints, and a completion date. If you want to add 80 new students by year’s end, then you can set quarterly review sessions to see if you are one quarter of the way – 20 new students – toward meeting that goal.

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How to get S.M.A.R.T. in your goal planning and achieving

To stoke the fires of success:

  • Set no more than 5 to 7 commitments – enough to make a measurable difference by the end of the year, but not so many that the commitments are competing with each other for your time.
  • Make sure your individual work commitments align to your overall business vision and that, likewise, your personal commitments align to your vision of who you want to be. For example, a goal to run your first marathon can be good if it’s what YOU want, but not a good goal if you’re only doing it because your friend wants you to do it with her.

Once you’ve set your commitments, also identify how you will achieve your commitments. Plan key milestones – the evidence that you’re executing your plan.

The SMART method works!

Keep in mind that many of the business management tools and features within ClassJuggler’s school management software can help you achieve your business commitments.

If you’re not yet using ClassJuggler for your school-based business, learn more here:

Any questions? Contact us!

Liking ClassJuggler? Tell the world!

Take the 2018 TutuTix Dance Software Survey

survey-poll_thumb.jpgAs a customer of ClassJuggler Dance, we invite you to let your thoughts be known. This week TutuTix launched their 2018 survey of dance studio software providers, asking questions to studio owners, managers, admins, and instructors. Their answers will help other dance schools understand and evaluate dance studio software, like ClassJuggler, versus the competition.

Take the survey quickly and you can receive a $5 Amazon gift card for being one of the first 1,000 respondents to the survey!   Here’s the link:

START SURVEY

 

Announcement: Drawing Winners

Our Dance ClassJuggler #drawing for a chance to win a Full-Attendee Pass to the August 2-5 Dance Teacher Summit in NYC just ended this past weekend (#Contest rules), and we are happy to announce our three winners, drawn randomly fr those who entered:

  • Karla Mounsteven, who works at Strictly Dance Studio of Georgetown, Ontario, Canada
  • Marcia Sarosik of the Marcia Sarosik Dance Studio/Lake Tahoe’s Shining Stars
  • Ashia Carpenter of Divine Dance Studio of Chattanooga, currently relocating to Georgia
Congratulations to all three of you!
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Contest winners announced

WE HAVE A WINNERCongratulations to the four winners in our drawing! Each receives a Home Deport gift certificate.

Entry was made possible for filling out our survey about the ClassJuggler newsletter.

The winners:

survey pollThanks to all who did the survey! 
Your input and ideas were very helpful, and will influence our future newsletter content, design, and planning.

Sincerely, 

Jon Koerber, www.ClassJuggler.com