Calendly is an online appointment scheduling software designed to help businesses connect with clients and team members. Prices start at $0/month for their free Basic plan and $8+/user/month for paid plans. Available as a browser add-on and on iOS (Apple) and Android, Calendly aims to make scheduling appointments, calls, and meetings more manageable.
Calendly lets you embed scheduling options into your website and emails or simply share your booking link to enable clients and team members to self-schedule appointments, meetings, and calls.
Designed for businesses in all industries, features include:
*paid plans only
All users have access to the basic appointment scheduling features. But for more advanced — and potentially essential— features such as automated workflows, group bookings, and custom cancellation policies, Calendly users will need to be on one of the paid plans. For service businesses looking to enable clients to book in with specific providers, this would mean an individual plan for each employee, with could quickly add up.
As we’ve covered, Calendly can only be used for online appointment scheduling. Businesses looking to schedule employees, create and track timesheets, handle payments and payroll, and dispatch jobs will need additional software to cover these areas, which means more cost. But it doesn’t have to.
MarketBox is a flexible sales, scheduling, and business automation software that covers all of the above and more. Designed for service businesses with mobile or virtual workforces, the software provides standard features like appointment scheduling, employee management, payroll, and payment processing, with extra on-the-go friendly functionality. Additional features include travel zones, travel time optimization, multi-territory pricing, and more. Combined, MarketBox helps to reduce admin headaches, streamline your business, and help you scale and grow your service business profitably. All from one software.
Calendly splits its pricing across four plans and starts at $0/month for the Basic plan, going up to $16/user/month for the Teams plan. Additional features are unlocked with each upgrade, and many of the useful features for service businesses are not available on the free plan. For example, businesses looking to add customizations to their booking page, manage events, and set up automations will need to be on the Professional plan, at $15/per person/month.
Like Calendly, MarketBox also offers a tiered pricing structure that unlocks additional features. However, even the Basic plan still gives you access to all the management, automation, payment processing, and scheduling features needed to run any business. As all plans can accommodate unlimited users, with MarketBox, you pay for exactly what your business needs and nothing more.
Calendly integrates with a range of software applications, depending on your plan.
Integrations available across all plans include:
For integrations with the likes of HubSpot or Gmail and Outlook for workflows, you need to have the Professional plan or above.
Rated as one of Capterra’s “Emerging Favorites” in 2021, Calendly commands favourable reviews across both Capterra and G2. A popular calendar scheduling app, reviewers frequently comment on how much time it saves vs manual scheduling. However, it’s worth noting that several of the reviews mentioned the software can be glitchy, resulting in clients not being able to book or their availability not being shown correctly. Several reviewers on the paid plans also commented that it was quite expensive given the features available.
Looking for flexible sales and scheduling software for your business? Contact MarketBox for a personalized 1-on-1 demo to learn how our software can help you scale your business and grow your profits today.
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