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Top 4 Online Appointment Setting Programs


If you’re running a small business and meeting with clients or associates frequently, you probably make appointments almost daily.

Some people, particularly in larger organisations, may be fortunate enough to have an assistant who is assigned the task of ensuring that no double-bookings occur and no appointments are missed. This method is somewhat time consuming and inefficient when it comes to canceling and rescheduling appointments, and even more so if you’re responsible for managing your own appointments along with so many other duties.

This is where an online program can be so handy.

Once you setup this software or your online account, you’ll find many appointment-setting programs also give you the options of selecting email (and possibly phone call) reminders.

Online appointment setting programs generally work in a similar way.

You can log into your online calendar and select the times when you’re available for appointments. You then send a link to those clients and associates whom you’d like to make an appointment time with. These people can then easily visit the website by clicking on your link, then click on the appointment button. A calendar appears, showing your available dates and times,  and your customer or colleague can choose one of your available appointment times that best suits them.

That’s it! Your appointment is there … booked and saved.

Online appointment-scheduling programs have certain benefits and advantages such as freeing up staff (or yourself) for more important tasks.

Just think about it … what more productive tasks could you do in the time you would generally spend scheduling (and re-scheduling) appointments?

Here are 4 of the best online appointment-setting programs I’ve found:

  1. Timely
  2. Web-Appointments
  3. GenBook
  4. Appointment Plus

Forgetting appointments or poor scheduling techniques could put your organisation and business at a clear disadvantage. So have a look at these online appointment-setting programs to simplify the way you manage your appointments.


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About the Author Donna-Marie

Donna-Marie is an award-winning Entrepreneur, Author and Content Marketing Specialist. Through her business, Jacaranda Business Support Services, she has been helping other small businesses to grow since 1998, with a knack for teaching systems that allow business owners to increase profits while working less.

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  • Have you looked at Timedriver? http://timedriver.timetrade.com/ It checks the persons time zones based on their computer settings so they see available times in their own time zone. I’ve been using Timedriver for about six months or more and absolutely love it, the best I’ve ever used.

    I tried Web-Appointments last year and was very disappointed. It wouldn’t send me confirmation emails, even after using their support to make sure it was set up correctly, and I ended up missing appointments with clients.

    I haven’t checked out the others that you’ve mentioned but will do that very soon. Thanks for posting them. 🙂
    .-= Melinda | SuperWAHM´s last blog ..Why a Business Plan Will Save Your A$$ =-.

  • Donna-Marie says:

    Thanks for that suggestion Melinda, that’s handy to know.

    It’s a shame you had problems with Web-Appointments. Hopefully it was just a one-off and they’ve got that sorted now. I know a number of people who use their program and love it. I considered it, but ended up going with http://www.tungle.me and am loving it.

  • Sam Orville says:

    Thanks for the tip . . . i will try using those 4 online appointment-setting programs and choose which is best.

  • Dan Godbold says:

    Hi

    After I read your article I did some more searching on the web and found http://bookitlive.net and have been very happy with it so far.

    I use it to schedule my mobile hairdressers, they use their iphones to view their appointment bookings and contact thier client. I no longer have to phone them with new appointments.

    Dan

  • Heather says:

    Great article – thanks! Offering online booking means businesses are offering clients the best way to book appointments.
    It’s important to make sure the online booking system you choose is complete. It should include online payment processing, CRM tools, analytics, website integration, local exposure for your business, automated client reminders, email campaigns, packages/deals, and calendar management. BookMyCity offers all of these features – it’s worth taking a look at! https://www.bookmycity.com/online-booking

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