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7 Appointment Scheduling Software Options to Consider
February 21, 2019
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7 Appointment Scheduling Software Options to Consider

When it comes to running a small business, anything that increases efficiency and productivity has the potential to directly improve your bottom line. If your business depends on customer appointments, scheduling, rescheduling, and modifying bookings can take up most of your day. Fortunately, a multitude of appointment scheduling software options are available to make this process easier and reduce the number of errors, double-bookings, and no-shows that you might currently be experiencing. We’ve sorted through the options to find seven that we think are worth exploring.

Consider These Appointment Scheduling Software Providers:

1. Schedulicity

Schedulicity is an online appointment scheduling system that enables customers to discover and book local services. It facilitates transactions between small, service-based businesses and clients, supporting businesses in over 50 different industries. If you’re an up-and-coming business growing your customer base, you can use the platform free-of-charge; your account lets you book 20 appointments each month at no cost. For a monthly fee, you can upgrade your account by selecting the add-ons that make the most sense for your business.

2. AppointmentPlus

AppointmentPlus is used by 50 Fortune 500 companies and thousands of small businesses worldwide. Their enterprise-scale, omni-channel appointment software uses the most modern, secure technologies to help businesses improve efficiency, save time, reduce costs, and generate more revenue.

The company also boasts a high customer satisfaction rating due to its responsive and knowledgeable support team. Pricing varies depending on your business’s size and needs, ranging from $49 per month for its most basic package to $199 per month for a fully customizable user experience.

3. Genbook

Gennbook offers online scheduling and small business management tools that connect your small business to the web. In addition to providing easy-to-use administrator and customer apps, Genbook lets you collect payments and deposits online and in-store and capture credit card details for future processing. The software also connects your business to major search engines and social media sites so that your customers can easily find you. Pricing ranges from $39 to $119 per month depending on the number of employees you have. Large organizations have the option to build a customized plan.

4. Thryv

Thryv is an all-in-one management software built for small business. With Thryv, you can manage your customers and contacts, text and email communications, online presence, appointment booking, social media, and payments all in one place. In addition, Thryv provides its customers with unique training opportunities and small business insights — through the company’s website you can register for an upcoming event or watch on-demand webinars at your convenience. Thryv’s starter package is $59 per month. Pricing goes up to $199 per month as you add features.

5. MINDBODY Appointment Software

For businesses focused on fitness, health, and wellness, MINDBODY is the gold standard for allowing customers to easily book appointments and reserve their spots in class online.

In addition to providing marketing, online booking, and point of sale solutions, MINDBODY offers unique fitness performance software to help keep customers engaged. Through the app, you and your team can view upcoming schedules, check in clients, and quickly look up client info. You can also confirm who’s coming to class, who’s signed waivers, and who needs to pay. Pricing ranges from the Essential package ($129 per month) to the Ultimate package ($349 per month).

6. FlexBooker

FlexBooker is an affordable and easy-to-use booking widget that integrates with any business website. Once installed, it detects the type of device your customers are using and adapts to the proper format. If you don’t have your own site, you can use one of FlexBooker’s customizable hosted booking pages. In addition to easy scheduling, the software generates automated email and text messages to confirm customer appointments and integrates with most major credit cards to take online payments. You can also track critical metrics to focus your efforts and boost profitability. Pricing depends on number of users and ranges from $29 to $89 per month.

7. ScheduFlow

ScheduFlow gives you the power of a full-fledged desktop application with the portability of a web solution and the security of cloud storage. Utilizing the powers of your desktop computer, the software boasts the fastest customer search engine, allowing you to find appointments in seconds. It also lets you assign employees tasks or schedule shifts in one easy place. Its complementary sister software TimeFlow is a cloud-based employee and manager time clock. Pricing for ScheduFlow starts at $29.95 per month and goes up to $189.95 for the full Enterprise experience.

Which Software Option is Right for Your Business?

These are just a few options to get you started as you search for the best appointment scheduling software for your small business. While we think these providers offer quality solutions, the right choice ultimately depends on your industry, customer base, unique needs, and budget.

Fora Financial

Editorial Note: Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author's alone, and have not been reviewed, approved, or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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