Choose Your Appointment Scheduling Platform

Scheduling Software

According to Bloomberg, a whopping 80% of small businesses fail within first 1 year and 6 months. But, do you know what makes them fail? There are several reasons,

  • Run out of cash
  • No proper front desk management
  • No proper customer management
  • No proper staff management
  • No proper traction of business
  • Business is not online

When we dig deep into it, we need to concentrate more on management, scheduling, customer service and traction to fine-tune your business. Of course, finance and marketing are there and they are the key elements of any business. Without proper funding and marketing, there is no vision for the business. How to make your business stable and gradually grow without declining graph on your revenue chart. As a startup or small business, you can’t invest more on management and scheduling. Finally, we are seeking for a free scheduling and management software which is best for our small businesses needs.

We help you to find the best scheduling and management software that is the best suited for your small and medium business or startup.

How we find the best scheduling software?

A Scheduling software definitely won’t replace your front desk manager or other staffs. But, it should reduce the front desk manager task and automate the scheduling process. It should allow you to track and manage your staff in a simple way. It should make your business presence online. It should allow you to track your customer payments and business revenue.

Here are the features to consider, before signing up for an appointment scheduling and management software

  • Real-Time Calendar
  • User-Friendly Interface
  • 24/7 Support
  • Allow customer to book online
  • Staff Management
  • Customer Management
  • Automatic reminders
  • Calendar Sync(Google, Outlook)
  • Booking Page
  • Multiple Locations
  • Reports
  • Print Agenda
  • Custom Intake Forms
  • Allow customers to review service

And the last one, you need all these features for free.

Here are our top 5 picks

Picktime

Picktime_Appointment_Scheduling_Software

Picktime is the best no.1 scheduling platform which comes with loaded features for free. As a customer of picktime for last 4 months, we really find it very useful to schedule appointments and manage staffs of our business(not wikimonks). If your business doesn’t have a website, no worries at all. Through picktime, you can create a booking page with your logo(In many scheduling software, this is a paid feature). Their chat support is at a premium level for free. Picktime is user-friendly too and we didn’t find any lag. Do you own a website, you can get a booking widget(Book Now Button) which allows your customer to book their appointment right from your website.

Picktime allows you to manage your staff and their tasks completely. You can also add unlimited staffs and customers. Store their complete contact database online. You can manage your business at multiple locations online in one place. You can generate detailed reports on services, staffs, payments, and appointments. Most useful feature to keep your business on track is appointment reminder( a Paid feature in other scheduling softwares). Picktime keeps adding their features on every month and it is better to sign up with picktime right now.

Acuity Scheduling

Acuity Scheduling is an another best scheduling software with a lot of features but you have to pay to use all those features. It is free for solopreneurs(individuals) not for small and medium business. Every plan of their premium subscription has limits for staffs, locations, and advanced features.

Appointy

Appointy

Appointy offers free basic plans which allow you to add one staff member, 5 services with website integration. If you need to add multiple locations, time zone converter, analytics integration and other customization features you have pay for it. Their premium plan starts from $19.99 to $59.99/month.

10to8.com

10to8

10to8 is an another best scheduling platform and also it has won 2017 Expert’s Choice Award as well as Great User Experience Award. Beyond appointment bookings, 10to8 drives traffic to their customer’s business. But if you are looking for a free plan with many options it’s not your scheduling software. 10to8 offer a free plan in which you will get 100appointments per month and 2 staff logins. If you need more features, you need to subscribe for premium plan starts from $9.6 to $120. And again, each plan has their own limits even $120 plan has its limits.

Mindbody Online

Minbody

Mindbody has the best directory listing service which drives more customers to your business. It targeted more health and fitness businesses to help them effectively manage their business and marketing operations. It has a bunch of features than any other platforms and it is expensive too. They don’t have a free subscription and their plan starts from $45 to $245 per month. And also you pay for some add-on features.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a free scheduling software with online appointment booking, unlimited staff logins, unlimited services, reports, automatic reminders, calendar sync then obviously Picktime is gonna be your best pick. If your business comes under health category and you are looking for directory listing service, and you are not worried about monthly charges then you can go ahead with Mindbody Online.


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