Acuity Scheduling was one of the first services I used when I began my photographic career years ago.
And despite the fact that I do not actively use their service, I still recommend Acuity Scheduling to anyone who may need a way to schedule clients manually or automatically.
How flexible can I create an Acuity Scheduling calendar?
Since I haven’t used Acuity’s service for quite some time, I figured I’d log into my account and check out the changes they’ve made. I can’t imagine how they could improve because the system I used was simple and easy to get started.
Nevertheless, I logged into my account and the first thing I noticed was the facelift. The color scheme and navigation is beautiful. They made it easier for you to find what you’re looking for without having to remember where it is.
Is it difficult to set up and get started?
Not at all. When you look at the list of integrations for Acuity Scheduling (accounting, email marketing, CRM, video & more) combined with their own list of in-house features (embed scheduler, calendar sync, coupons & group events), creating an account takes three minutes.
Once you’ve set up your account, I suggest you start with one of everything necessary (appointment type, package, scheduler, intake form, email settings & payment type). This is where you will spend the majority of your time.
But setting up one of each will get you started within an hour so you can start scheduling clients from your website with the embedded form.
After this, you can make changes to your schedule for one day in particular to reflect a completely different schedule. You can add another form. Integrate another service, etc.
Nevertheless, the trick is to get at least one schedule up and running A.S.A.P. so you can start scheduling clients and making money.
What about holidays and special occasions?
For those of you who don’t work on holidays such as Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a few others, Acuity made it easy to set those dates and forget about umm.
You can build holidays into your calendar for the days you want off (or come back later and add the days off you need) and you’re all set. No one will be able to book appointments on those days.
What other features does the Acuity Scheduling offer?
You can view a list of integrated services and activate only the ones you need. But my favorite feature when I was using Acuity Scheduling was the ability to schedule text message reminders.
This one feature caught my clients’ attention when they received a text message reminder about their upcoming photo session.
If you’re looking for a scheduling tool that is easy to get up and running within minutes but offers features that will make you look as if you’re investing hundreds of dollars each month, this is the scheduling tool for anyone getting started and will make you look professional.
‘Til the next episode,