Did you know there are a lot of freaking appointment schedulers out there?
I mean it feels like there is a bazillion!
It can be easy to get lost and overwhelming just looking for one that meets your needs.
If you do a lot of work online, like I do, and have to schedule meetings with other people, do yourself (and your client) a favor and eliminate all the back and forth emails by using an online calendar/appointment scheduler. It will make both of your lives so much easier.
Let me give you a couple examples of how it works…
Say you have a potential client you were just met online that is so freaking excited to talk to you about how you can help them that they are practically jumping up and down in their seat. They can’t wait to get started. You are happy to offer them a free consultation so you can get down to the nitty gritty about what it is they really need and you want to be sure to capture them during the excitement and get them to commit to a time.
You have a choice here. You can either…
A) Without an online appointment scheduler:
Send them an email (or Facebook message, or Skype message or wherever else you are chatting) with a list of times that work for you in the next couple of days. They send you a message back saying none of those times work, what do you have on XXX Days. Those days don’t work for you either, but you finally find a date and time two weeks from that day that will work for both of you.
Two weeks?!? Do you really want your potential client to wait two weeks just to talk with you? If you would have known that that is how it was going to turn out, would you have done something different? Maybe worked them into your schedule or sent them different times?
How much time did you just waste going back and forth with this person? Was it worth it?
B) With an online appointment scheduler:
Send them an email (or Facebook message, etc) with a link to your online calendar where they can see all of the options available. The calendar has already been preset to the times that you are available so all they have to do is select the time that would work best for them.
They select the time and send you a message back telling you it’s all done.
Look how much time and effort you saved just my streamlining the one process in your business! Wasn’t that easier?
I’ve been using an online calendar for several years now. Love them to bits and pieces. They make life sooooo much easier!
Here are my Top 3 Favorite Online Schedulers:
This online calendar is pumped full of different options, including the option to have someone to pay for a session, right then and there. It’s clean and very easy to use. By far my favorite calendar.
The free version has minimal options and I much prefer the paid version. I’m all about paying a little bit for something that can make me more in return. If you use an online calendar more than a couple times a month, I would definitely check this one out.
This online appointment scheduler has been my go-to for years. Only because it’s free and will sync to your personal calendar. It’s not nearly as user friendly or pretty though, but I guess you get what you pay for.
If you don’t need bells and whistles, then this would be a great option for you.
Another great online calendar option that I see a lot on service provider’s websites down the corner that will pop up after a certain amount of time. Kinda spammy if you ask me, but some people like it. You can also add it to your Facebook page. It also syncs with your personal calendar and has invoicing system.
Check these out for yourself and see which one would work best for you.