Online Booking Tools you can use

An Online Booking System is a software that helps you to simplify online reservations and bookings for customers as well as staff and agents. It helps you to save time, increase bookings, increase the efficiency of your operations, and get better insights into your business.

Things you have to consider while selecting a booking tool for your business is the time and money it takes and the benefit your business get using it. It’s always better not start the setup process in your season time as it often takes time in set up process and training your staff.

Although finding the right tool for your business is all about the experience, this article sheds some light into the best online booking tools and all the important information you need to know about it.

1. Bookeo

Bookeo is a popular online scheduling and booking system for various types of business and individual users. This cloud-based reservation solution initially caters to photographers, tour operators, travel agencies, schools, therapists, and event organizers. Bookeo is used across 120 different countries and available in over 35 different languages. Best suited for tour companies, providers of outdoor activities, entertainment for birthday parties, or camps and recreational activities.

Pros

  • Fast and clean user experience
  • Good customer service
  • Bookeo has a widget that can be embedded on your Facebook page or website, making it easier for clients and potential customers to make reservations.
  • Bookeo products can be accessed in all devices
  • Allows digital payment channels

Cons

  • It takes time to understand the interface.

Pricing:

Bookeo doesn’t offer a free version. Pricing starts at $14.95 per month. Bookeo does offer a free trial.

2. Checkfront

This booking management platform mainly targets Tour & Activity Operators, Rental companies and Accommodation providers.

Primary features are booking and activity management, reservations and payment processing. To avoid booking conflicts, the check front introduces online booking calendars that are updated in real-time when an agent confirms a booking. It is accessible on desktop and mobile devices.

Pros:

  • Good customer service
  • Allows integration with Booking.com, Expedia and TripAdvisor, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  • Offer many features and is versatile
  • Excellent invoicing and notification system.

Cons:

  • Buried features: While the learning tools are great, it isn’t always obvious where to look for the information you need.
  • Time-consuming.
  • Mobile app not much user-friendly.

Pricing:

Checkfront pricing starts at $49.00 per month. Checkfront does offer a free trial. No free version.

3. Setmore

Setmore is a cloud-based appointment scheduling solution suitable for businesses and organizations of all sizes. Key features include an online customer portal for appointment booking, customizable email notifications, and staff scheduling. Setmore can be integrated with a variety of social networks, blogging platforms, payment services and more. Android and iOS mobile apps are also available.

Pros:

  • Performs perfectly on every device.
  • Easy to use and clear and simple interface.
  • Reliable, Premium Scheduling Tool
  • Good customer support.
  • Setmore can be integrated with a variety of social networks, blogging platforms, payment services and more.

Cons:

  • Requires a set time and an assigned resource for each service.
  • Double Booking ability from the Booking Page.

Pricing:

Setmore is available for free for teams of up to 20 staff members. Pricing starts at $25.00 per month. Setmore does offer a free trial.

4. SimplyBook.me

SimplyBook.me is designed for service-based businesses in multiple industries. Main functions are online bookings, collect client feedback to optimize revenue and service performance and send email and SMS appointment reminders to both service providers and clients. It allows 24/7 booking facility to users. Some of the features are Booking web page, Facebook booking button, Google calendar sync, Promotional Feature, Ability to sell products upon booking, Membership features, Gift Card sales, Statistics on your bookings, Booking button if you already have a website and you can accept payments in advance.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Good customer support
  • Customization options available
  • It can implement into your website.

Cons:

  • Pricing methods can be more flexible
  • No visible indicator for already booked time slots.

Pricing:

Freeyes
Basic  $9.90/month  
Standard  $29.90/month  
Premium  $59.90/month  

SimplyBook.me offers a free package and three paid plans. There is also a free trial month available that includes all features and 50 bookings.

5. FareHarbor

FareHarbor is a powerful reservation tool designed for tour & activity businesses of all sizes. Its main motto is to bring ease and efficiency to every aspect of your business, all the tools you need to manage your day-to-day work are available on one central dashboard. Use any device to collect customer information, sign digital waivers, or securely accept payment. Available 24/7.

Pros:

  • 24/7 client support
  • Can send mass emails to guests using canned messages.
  • A Partnership Account Manager will be assigned to assist you through the setup process
  • Easily customizable
  • Value of money

Cons:

  • Takes time to understand how the system and features works
  • Long process. Not straight forward
  • Invoicing module too basic

Pricing:

Fareharbor is free for clients. Their only fee is the credit card rate of 1.9% + 30 cents. It offers a Free Trial (No Credit Card required)

6. Booker

This cloud-based booking solution mainly focuses on businesses such as spas and salons.Primary functions are managing booking routines, payments, marketing activities, customer interactions, etc. Key features include a built-in scheduler, social media booking, integrated point of sale (POS) functionality, email marketing, customer surveys and more.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and use.
  • The mobile app is user-friendly.
  • Smooth navigation and good layout

Fully customizable

Cons:

  • Double booking possible
  • Limited payment options. (PayPal not available)

Pricing:

Booker pricing starts at $129.00 per month. No free version and no free trial.

7. vCita

vCita LiveSite is an all-in-one scheduling, payment, CRM and document sharing solution for your business that provides your clients (and potential clients) an easy, streamlined way to reach you.

Key features include website integration, payment processing, online marketing campaigns, and more.

Pros:

  • Easy to customize
  • Good customer support
  • User-friendly and easy to navigate

Cons:

  • Multiple people are not allowed to register at once
  • The invoicing/billing system is not as robust as some other programs out there.

Pricing:

vCita pricing has three plans, Essentials which is $29/month, Business plan for $59/month and Platinum for $99/month. There is also a plan that costs $15 per month for users who only want vCita’s online scheduling services.

8. Rezdy

Rezdy gives your customers a convenient and consistent booking experience by integrating with your website. Your customers can instantly book from a real-time booking interface displayed on your current website. Clients appreciate Rezdy’s ability to assist them in gaining more customers. The application makes the business more visible in the marketplace, thus bolstering its chances of being discovered by prospective clients.

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Good customer support
  • Numerous payment gateway integrations
  • Well-designed UI

Cons

  • Expensive monthly cost
  • Over-complicated pricing plan

Pricing:

Pricing starts from $49.00/month. They have 3 plans: Foundation$49/month, Accelerate$99/ month, Expansion$249/month. A free trial is available (No Credit Card required)

Rezdy is based on a flat monthly fee. There is a price for any business size, based on bookings volume and features, so you can decide the best plan for your business. Rezdy is commission free. We do NOT charge a percentage on each booking. No credit card required and no locked-in contract.

9. Supersaas

SuperSaaS is a one-stop solution for your scheduling requirements that provides unprecedented flexibility and customizability. It allows you to tailor the software to your needs and preferences as well as white-label the code to delete all references to SuperSaaS. The app also lets you build your scheduling styles. In addition, you can add individual service scheduling that allows your customers to be programmed.

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Customizable
  • It helps you improve your productivity, communication and business success.
  • Good customer support

Cons:

  • Not very flexible for special needs
  • Old looking interface

Pricing:

SuperSaaS pricing starts at $8.00 per month. There is a free version of SuperSaaS.

SuperSaaS does offer a free trial.

10. Funaway

FunAway is a travel marketplace builder created by FATbit Technologies to empower users to build and launch custom websites that link travelers to hosts, hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tour guides, and more in specific locations. The main advantages of FunAway are that it helps you to build and maintain smooth and seamless connections and commitments between travelers and travel and hospitality businesses, allows you to customize, grow and scale your travel market or travel website without the use of third-party plug-ins, and provides you with different ways to make money from your travel market or travel business.

Pros :

  • 24/7 customer support
  • Fully customizable
  • Multiple currency support
  • Multivendor, Milestone based payment

Cons:

  • It does not include in-person training.
  • Does not include features such as coach booking, itinerary creation, and multi-day booking

Pricing:

Free TrialNo
GoQuick$999
GoCustom$5,999

11.Youcanbook.me

YouCanBook.me simplifies the scheduling process and lets you get back to work. Syncing with your availability on your cloud-based calendar, bookings from clients go straight in your calendar, while personalized email and SMS notifications with programmable triggers and delays keep everyone on the same page. Direct integrations with Zoom and Zapier help you automate your meeting prep and followup.

Pros:

  • Easy to set up and affordable
  • Good customer support
  • The booking process is fast and convenient
  • Customization available
  • Mobile support and wide integration
  • you can get paid directly inside the system.

Cons:

  • There’s not currently a way to just block out a day without doing it through your calendar.
  • Handling email addresses for youcanbookme reservations is a hassle because there is no option for the user to upload them from a spreadsheet or CSV file, instead they have to manually input them and this gives a lot of room for human error.

Pricing:

YouCanBook.me does offer a free version. pricing starts at $10.00/month. They also offer a free trial.

Published by Bandi Fouziya

Hi, I am a VBA Developer, working on automating office apps. I have 16+ years of experience in developing visual basic applications for the clients around the globe. I have worked on many complex projects of which are: 1. Creating Interactive Dashboards 2. Bulk web Data Scraping 3. Automating web app task from Excel through API integration with VBA 4. Mailchimp Automation 5. Real Time Indicators Statistical Analysis 6. Access database application development - multi user platform with sql server as backend 7. Statistical Analysis using R and R shiny apps through VBA and many more. I am passionate in learning new tools and techniques and would love to share with you all. Join in hand to learn smart tools. Apply in your life and be more productive. Check out my profile on Upwork: https://www.upwork.com/freelancers/~01f0ac790f1b3265ff

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