The online scheduling software market seems to be growing quite rapidly these days. A few months ago, I settled on two programs I liked: Setster and Bookfresh. Setster still is my favorite, partly due to good support. They are slowly making some good changes to their system, so please do check out Setster. Bookfresh looks nice, but their customer service is just terrible. They really need to get a phone number to take calls! I did not want to limit myself to just one program to recommend (as some folks have different taste) so I stumbled upon a brand new booking program called YouCanBook.me.
YouCanBook.Me is a Google Marketplace item, which links up with a businesses’ Google Apps account. The logo and website did not really attract me to dig deeper. I almost went away because the site was not attractive enough. But I decided to give it a try! Glad I stuck around! YouCanBook.Me truly is a remarkable program. It is not as flashy as the Setsters, Bookfresh or BookingBug programs out there, but the simple features are impressive. In fact, of all the online booking programs I’ve tested, YouCanBook.Me is the fastest at syncing with Google Calendar. It literally took seconds for it to show up on my Google Calendar and iPhone and seconds to remove it from all my synced calendars. This program is pretty custom too. You can create custom forms (questions to ask a client before meeting with them) and even customize the colors of the booking calendar.
I’ve contacted the developer of YouCanBook.Me, and he has been very responsive. I’ve given him a list of the features I’d like to see for service contractors, and he was very receptive. The other programs I’ve recommended are almost more geared towards businesses that have a physical location. YouCanBook.Me is so simple and custom that a service contractor can easily use this program on their emails and website. It truly is remarkable. Give it a try and let me know what you think.