I found that once I started looking into these types of software solutions it was like a vortex dragging me in deeper and deeper. So many options – all offering slightly different features and aimed at slightly different target markets. It took all my willpower not to drown in the sea of information and to remain focused!
So after extensive research, I came up with 5 software solutions that all have something to offer the small business owner looking for scheduling software. Some are more suited to the health and well-being industry, some are aimed at the hair and beauty industry and some are general in nature and could suit consultants or personal trainers. They’re all hosted in the cloud, so no need to mess around installing software. Being hosted in the cloud also means you can access them from mobile devices. They all offer the ability for the business’ clients to book appointments for themselves online.
Once you outgrow booking in client appointments with paper and a pen, these types of software solutions are a huge asset to the busy business owner. They offer so much more than appointment scheduling and are complete practice management systems.
I’m only covering the basics here. This list doesn’t cover everything that you’d want to know before making a decision to commit to one solution over another. It will give you an idea of some of the differences, though, and an idea of cost. Prices are in Australian dollars and include GST (as at the date of writing).
My research has uncovered many more variables between each of the products listed. Each of your businesses is unique and has its own needs – I would recommend you delve deeper than this table and look beyond the “features” listing on the respective software websites. Alternatively, invest in the services of a Xero adviser who can do the research for you. It will save you a lot of time and they will also be well placed to assist you with your Xero integration if needed.
Looking forward to sharing more of my findings – there are some great small business solutions out there that integrate with Xero.
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