Efficient scheduling makes for an efficient workflow, and without it your business is destined to run into slowdowns that can be easily avoided. Luckily, there are a number of great resources out there that can be accessed on multiple platforms to help you schedule appointments for your business. Here are some reasons why you should be using a digital scheduling appointment app:

They can be as simple or complex as you need them to be.

There are usually two types of online scheduling programs: calendar apps and actual scheduling software.

  • Calendar apps are a free and easy solution to many of your scheduling problems. If you’re running a smaller operation that isn’t overwhelmed with overlapping customers, then any calendar app that comes with your phone or web browser should work for your business. These are great to schedule your projects and clients on a day-to-day basis, and you’re not looking to include any other information about the scheduled event other than the time, location, place, and contact information.
  • If you need more heft, then scheduling software is the way to go. You’ll find a lot of programs that function in similar ways, but generally scheduling software will allow you to customize your schedules at a vastly different rate than calendar apps. This means that not only will you be able to see when your projects are, but you can also organize them by cost estimates and team members, as well.

Google Calendar is an easy and accessible app option.

Google Calendar is a great program that does everything you need a calendar app to do and more. It can integrate with other schedules, and sync with your contacts and Gmail account. It may be more hands-on work to schedule your appointments this way, but it can get the job done if you have a shorter list of clientele.

Here’s a helpful list from TIME Magazine on 10 Google Calendar hacks that will make you more productive with your schedule.

Denser software can handle more complex schedules.

If Google Calendar isn’t enough, then you still have some great choices to pick from for a scheduling software.

  • Acuity focuses on schedule customization, such as letting your clients schedule their own appointments, or even offering them discounts. Acuity starts with a free 7-day trial and has a paid plan starting at $15/month.
  • If Acuity is outside of your budget, you can use Setmore, which functions much like Acuity except it offers its services free to businesses that are made up of up to four people. Setmore also allows you to book appointments, in addition to scheduling job interviews on the same page. After their free services, the only other price for Setmore is a premium package of $25/month.

Using a digital scheduling app will make your life easier than trying to maintain a schedule by hand, and your business will thank you for it. Luckily, these online tools are intuitive and cost-friendly, so you’ll be able to pick them up in no time!