I’ve noticed a few posts on Facebook, in groups and in my news stream, asking what online scheduling apps and programs others are using. And, since so many people I know are using GMail and Google Apps, I thought I’d point out 3 different apps that will work with GMail and sync with your Google Calendar. So here goes …
TimeTrade: This is the online scheduling app I personally use. I’ve used it for quite a while, and love it. I’m able to choose the length of time I want for my appointments and block off the times I am available for appointments each day. Because it is linked to my Google Calendar (it also integrates with iCal and Outlook), TimeTrade detects when I’ve scheduled something else in a block of time already indicated as being available for an appointment, and removes it from the available times. You get a unique calendar link you can embed on your website, in your email address, or include in an email for people who wish to schedule time with you. Since I want to control who schedules appointments with me, I always opt to send a link via email. When someone schedules an appointment, you receive a notification and it magically appears on your Google Calendar with the information. There is a free subscription, Professional ($49 per year).
TimeBridge: TimeBridge app is a free app that is great for scheduling meetings with multiple attendees. It syncs with Outlook, Google Calendar and iCloud. With TimeBridge, you pick a few times you are available from Your Google or Outlook calendar and tell it who you want to attend. TimeBridge then checks everyone’s availability and preferences and automatically schedules the meeting. You can set some default meeting options and black-out times for when you are not available, but are limited to 5 suggested time-slots per meeting. As an added bonus, TimeBridge also sends out a Daily Brief email that includes maps, weather info and directions, which is great for out of the office, in-person meetings!Use an online scheduling app like TimeBridge to schedule meetings with multiple attendees.Click To Tweet
Calendly: This is another popular online scheduling app. It’s free, but also has premium features you can add for $8 per month. Calendly requires a Google account for you to sign in, and will sync with your Google Calendar. Even though the app relies almost exclusively on Google, the appointments will sync to your guest’s Google, iCloud or Outlook calendar once they accept the invitation. Calendly works great for scheduling appointments for individuals or organizations.
These are just a sampling of the many different online scheduling apps that are available. And, out of all of them, TimeTrade is still my favorite for ease of use when scheduling my complimentary 20-minute consults with prospects, or calls with clients. If these 3 don’t meet your needs, check out the many different options available on Capterra.com!
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