Do you run a service business? You might be losing money if you aren’t utilizing an online scheduling software for your customers to use! Customers want to be able to book an appointment online. They’re used to OpenTable for restaurants and Travelocity for their travel needs. What can you offer them that’s comparable?
There are a few different online scheduling tools for small businesses.
PCWorld says Acuity is a good one to start with. “Acuity offers a freebie account for a single user (you) and unlimited clients and appointments. If you bump up to a Professional account for $10 monthly, you’ll get credit-card processing, an optional online store, embedded scheduling for your web site, reminder emails, and other goodies.”
On a LinkedIn forum, one user says, “I have a private practice as well and love the low cost, flexibility, and simplicity of Acuity Scheduling. $10/month and I can customize everything I need to, integrate it into my website, receive email or text notices, and even accept payment through Paypal if I want.”
Meanwhile, Schedulicity says they’re becoming the leader in online scheduling for service-based small businesses across the US. The service allows users to book on their phones, or through your Facebook fan page, or through a website. You can give it a shot for free, but after your trial it’s $20 for a solo user per month and $40 for multiple users.
On the same LinkedIn forum mentioned above, one user says, “I’m a sole proprietor and I use Schedulicity. My clients love it. They like booking their own (appointment) rather than playing phone or email tag all day. I like it too because I don’t have a receptionist or secretary to help me.”
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Do you use an online scheduler? Which you like best? Let us know in the comments!