The days of calling-in for an appointment are long behind us (or at least, they should be). Software applications like Schedulicity make it easy for clients to book appointments from an app or website.
Schedulicity is an online booking platform for small business owners such as barbers, stylists, masseurs, trainers, and tutors. Clients book their own appointments through the Schedulicity marketplace or mobile app.
In addition to their basic calendar, Schedulicity offers automated marketing and digital payments to help businesses grow.
While Schedulicity pricing starts at $0/month, if you plan to book more than 10 clients a month, you’ll need to upgrade to Unlimited Bookings Plus.
On the free Schedulicity plan, you get:
Rather than offering tiered pricing, Schedulicity lets you pick and choose the add-ons that are most relevant to your business. While this might end up saving you money, it’s a bit overcomplicated.
Each of the following add-ons is priced based on the number of providers at your business (solo, 2-5, 6-10 or 11+):
Includes unlimited booking for appointments or classes, a business listing on Schedulicity’s marketplace and access to discounted processing fees through Schedulicity Pay.
Includes automated client reminders via text (sent anywhere from 4 hours to 3 days before their appointment)
Includes customization of session- or package-based pricing
Includes client subscriptions with recurring billing
Includes unlimited multi-location management within a single account
Includes automated emails to customers for recommended services, birthdays and promos (with analytics)
Schedulicity is pretty comparable to most business booking software apps. However, Schedulicity has also built out a digital payment processor and decent mobile apps.
When clients book your services via Schedulicity, it’s easy to manage your calendar. From your dashboard, you can view upcoming appointments, edit any existing details, and mark no-shows.
If you require some sort of pre-payment or just want clients to pay digitally, you can integrate Schedulicity with Square or Stripe.
Users who purchase the Unlimited Bookings Plus Add-on can also access discounted rates through “Schedulicity Pay.” Rates start at 1.99% + $0.10 for dip or swipe cards. Keyed-in purchases have a fee of 2.85% + $0.25.
You can also accept in-person payments with the free card reader and customize checkout with discounts, taxes, and tips.
Schedulicity provides two free apps for bookings—one for customers and one for businesses.
Business owners can reach out to Schedulicity ‘Rockstars’ via email, chat or phone. Schedulicity also provides a detailed Help Center for support.
Schedulicity isn’t the only company trying to modernize online booking. Take a look at these alternatives:
Like Schedulicity, Acuity Scheduling gives clients the option to book their own appointment so “all you have to do is show up.” Accept payments with Stripe, Square or PayPal and integrate with tons of your favorite tools (like QuickBooks, MailChimp, Google Analytics, etc.) Plus, Acuity Scheduling supports healthcare providers with HIPAA compliance.
Pricing: Starts at $0/month
Free Trial: 1 week
Targeted specifically towards Salon, Spa and Fitness Professionals, Vagaro integrates online scheduling with social sites like Facebook and Yelp. Add-ons include a custom website builder, POS equipment, recurring memberships, forms & waivers, and online invoicing.
Pricing: Starts at $25/month
Free Trial: 1 month
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