It’s not all about you!
Finding the best scheduling & booking system for your yoga business is important. Price is an important consideration however there are several other factors to consider. Your time and energy are precious too, so it is important to leverage the right technology.
Good booking systems do not work standalone, the best ones integrate with other parts of your business e.g. send customers confirmations to your clients, block the time on your calendar, sync with your accounting software, integrate with Zoom if you are planning to conduct your class / consultation online.
It does not end there. Your customer should always be at the very centre of your business decisions and this includes which booking software to use. How are they going to be impacted by your booking software choice? If you choose wisely, your booking system will make life easier for your customer too.
Customers should be able to easily follow the booking process in as few steps as possible. Payment should be seamlessly processed in a secure manner and they should receive a prompt confirmation. Ideally, they should also be able to add the booking to their personal calendar (Gmail, Outlook, iCal integration).
Not all booking software is created equally and to a large extent, you get what you pay for. Having said that, the most expensive does not necessarily equate to best. Luckily for you, there are a lot of choices out there and depending on which CMS you use (WordPress, Wix, Squarespace…), you may have more options to choose from.
Yoga, Pilates & fitness businesses need specific functionalities & integrations which complementary therapists, coaches, physios, psychotherapists, psychologists and other wellness and health professionals do not. Consequently, our recommendations and different for one-to-one therapists (see our blog post “The best booking software for complementary therapy and mental wellness businesses”.
We analysed customer feedback and our network of technology enthusiasts’ recommendations to find out which booking & scheduling software they preferred, which features mattered most and what was missing.
Scheduling software compared including: Acuity, Birchpress, Glofox, Mindbody, Teamup, Bookamat, Bookinghawk, SimplyBook.me, Startbooking, Booksteam, Vagaro, Zen Planner & WellnessLiving. We compared scheduling software under
We conclude that Acuity is the best scheduling and payments platform for people in the wellness sector. Acuity is a versatile piece of software, good value for money and as you grow, Acuity has all the tools and a specific plan to help you. It is secure and the real value can come from how well it integrates with many other tools you are already using. Why is Acuity our number one recommendation?
Like many modern booking solutions, Acuity allows your customers to self-book appointments. The paid plans allow you to embed a scheduler on your website. Your clients can also cancel and reschedule appointments. On the employee side, workers can set their real-time availability, so customers know who’s open for appointments.
All paid plans give you access to advanced features. All paid subscriptions offer the ability to sync appointments with Outlook, Exchange, Office 365, Google Calendar and iCloud. For online meetings or classes with clients, you can integrate Acuity with GoToMeeting, Join.me and Zoom. Acuity integrates with Mailchimp, Constant Contact, and other software for email marketing and customer communications. Acuity integrates with QuickBooks, FreshBooks, and Xero for invoicing and accounting.
|Overview||Acuity is an online appointment scheduling software that enables clients to schedule appointments online & pay with a credit card.|
|Pricing||$14 per month gets you everything you need.|
|Rating||4.8 / 5|
|Key Features||Schedule appointments, packages, memberships & group classes & gift cards.|
Event and group scheduling. Advance appointment booking.
Real-time calendar availability.
Payments – integrates with Stripe, Square & Paypal.
Embeddable directly to website. Fully customizable. Open API.
Email and SMS reminders.
|Integrations||Marketing & Analytics – Facebook, Mailchimp, Google Analytics.|
Calendar – Integrates with all major programs (iCal, Outlook, Gmail).
CMS – WordPress, Wix, Squarespace.
Payments – Stripe, Paypal, Square.
Accounts – Quickbooks.
Zapier and many more.
|Security||HIPAA compliant. Handles customer information securely.|
Some Acuity paid plans allow you to sell appointment packages, subscriptions, gift certificates and other items. All paid plans allow you to accept online payments and deposits through Stripe, PayPal & Square. Acuity can save customer credit card data securely to make charging clients faster and easier for future bookings.
Follow the link below to avail of our special offer with Acuity Scheduling. We think you will love it. Wellmarkit can install and configure Acuity for your business and integrate it with other software you are using (Zoom, Mailchimp, you accounting package etc.) at the most competitive rates and since we focus exclusively on wellness businesses, we know what we are doing.
|Contact us to see if Acuity is right for your wellness business.||Learn more about Acuity or buy your Acuity subscription here. (Acuity affiliate link)|