No dream is too big or small to become a reality. Bringing dreams to life takes persistence and courage. Many creative individuals become entrepreneurs, hoping to build businesses that positively impact their communities or even the world. Those who dare to break free of conventional molds and become their own bosses know that this road isn’t always easy and involves a labor of love. 

At Vagaro, we know sparks of inspiration can ignite into a blaze of something bigger than imagined. We’re here to help businesses of any size make their dreams a reality. Whether you’re taking the plunge to start a business as a solopreneur, or have multiple locations and dozens of staff members, we’re here to support you at every stage of your business journey. With Vagaro, you get access to the tools you need to build & grow a business of any size and unlock endless potential. We elevate your business flow & make day-to-day tasks easier by taking you from pen & paper to an automated system that runs parts of your business for you. This way, you can take back your most valuable resource—your time, and do more of what you love. And with our scalable, customizable model, you decide which tools you need to succeed & only pay for that. Take what you need. Leave what you don’t. 

In 1988, our founder, Fred Helou, left his home country of Lebanon to immigrate to the United States. In the process, all his money was stolen when he was pickpocketed at the airport. With nowhere to go but up, he secured a job as a salesman. After demonstrating untapped potential, his boss mentored him, equipping him with programming skills and a background in electronics. 

During a business trip in 1999, Helou was struck by an idea for a digital booking platform when he found himself in need of a haircut and realized it would be really convenient if he could find a business in the area and book online. However, he put the idea on the back burner to focus on his family & career. In 2008, the Great Recession cost Helou his job, like so many others. It was the perfect time to pivot and invest his time & energy into his idea for digital salon booking software. He immersed himself in the salon world to learn about pain points and ways to make the application a more robust, all-in-one solution. Eventually, Vagaro expanded to include features for the wellness & fitness industries. 

Vagaro began in our founder’s guest bedroom closet. Today, over 20 million people use Vagaro to find local beauty, fitness & wellness professionals. We’re proud to have over 174,000 professionals using our software to run their businesses, and we listen to our customers’ feedback & feature requests. After all, our customers know what it takes for their business to thrive in these competitive industries. When our customers succeed, so do we. Success enables growth. Recently, Vagaro moved into a bigger office space because of our own rapid growth & commitment to meeting customer needs. With no sign of stopping in sight, we’re excited to see what the future holds! Check out the video below to watch our signage installation at our new building! 

As we expand, we keep the people we serve, our customers, at the forefront of all we do. We are an all-in-one solution for beauty, wellness & fitness businesses, no matter the size. Our customizable software is designed with you in mind because your business belongs to you.  By providing a customizable, scalable solution, we want to empower you to take your business to whatever level is right for you. It doesn’t matter what your business goals are—none are too big or too small to make a reality. All you need is Vagaro & a dream.