With thousands of businesses set to reopen from 4 July, could an appointment scheduling app make life easier? Here are nine of the best appointment scheduling software options in the UK right now.
We’ve rated our best online booking systems for price and features, plus any Covid-19 specific support or price reductions. There’s also a handy section explaining which business types the apps are designed for.
In no particular order, here’s a quick look at nine of the top software options available.
|Provider||Anything for Covid-19?||Price|
|Acuity Scheduling||No||From free|
|Vagaro||Yes||From $25 / month|
|Versum||No||From £25 / month|
|Setmore||June sale||From free|
|Mindbody||Yes||From £109 / month|
|Gigabook||No||From $15 / month ($12 with yearly billing)|
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This scheduling app regularly hits the top 10 lists, thanks to its clean, easy-to-navigate user interface and dashboard, and flexible pricing with a free start-up option. The website doesn’t advertise any specific coronavirus support, however, and you’ll need to make up your mind quickly with the seven-day free trial.
The Freebie (free) package provides appointment scheduling only. If you want access to the app’s other features, you’ll need to go for one of the paid deals.
Free for the Freebie package, and up to $50 / month for the Powerhouse deal (you’ll get a seven-day free trial)
Rated 5/5 by Capterra and trusted by thousands of businesses worldwide, Fresha is the only subscription-free platform for salons and spas. So you can get started for free, and the brand has just released a couple of Covid-19 support features.
Find out more on the Fresha blog
If you decide to upgrade to Fresha Plus, you’ll pay 1.29 per cent + £0.20 for each customer transaction and a 20 per cent fee on new clients (if they’ve booked through the Fresha marketplace).
Free (fees apply if you upgrade to Fresha Plus)
This appointment booking app handles some big-name clients, from DHL and Clarins Skin Spa to AON, INTERSPORT and Fitness First. TIMIFY focuses on making online booking as simple as possible, with lots of features for single users and startups, as well as established, bigger businesses.
Find out more on the Timify blog
The free Classic package provides basic features only, so you’ll need to upgrade for more advanced tools like recurring bookings and customer history.
Free for the Classic package, and up to £48 / month* for the Enterprise deal (you’ll get a 14-day free trial)
*£42 with annual billing
Another schedule app built for the beauty and fitness industry, Vagaro is currently offering a number of coronavirus support measures, including $25 off the monthly subscription. You’ll just need to plan for increased costs if you’re adding staff member profiles.
Find out more on the Vagaro support hub
During the free trial, you won’t be able to use Yelp booking, email marketing or credit card processing. Again, plan for increased costs if you’re adding staff member profiles.
From $25 / month (currently free with Covid-19 discount, and you’ll get a one-month free trial)
Versum are focused on hair and beauty salons, with 46,000 professionals currently using their software to book appointments. They’ve introduced a new online vouchers feature to support customers during Covid-19, and have more in the pipeline.
Nothing specific, but lots of Covid-19 salon survival tips on the Verum blog
Again, you’ll just need to plan for increased costs if you’re adding staff member profiles.
From £25 / month (you’ll get a 14-day free trial)
Appointment manager software from Setmore focuses on simple, easy-to-use features. It has a five-star Google rating, is named for best value and ease of use by Capterra and has over 10,000 five-star reviews on App Store.
Find out more in Setmore’s June sale info
The free Setmore package provides basic features only, and you’ll need to upgrade for more advanced payment functions. The app is also missing a few Premium payment features (Setmore are working on this).
Free for the Setmore package, and up to $25 / month for the Premium deal (you’ll get a flexible trial period)
Over five million people use Calendly’s online appointment booking software every month, and they’re offering free integrations with Zoom and GoToMeeting until the end of September, to help businesses going through coronavirus hardship.
Find out more on the Calendly blog
The free Basic package provides basic features only, and you’ll need to upgrade for more advanced options like the Zoom, GoToMeeting and PayPal integrations.
Free for the Basic package, and up to $15 per user / month* for the Pro deal (you’ll get a 14-day free trial)
$12 with annual billing
One of the UK’s best-known online scheduling apps, Mindbody focus on salons, spas, beauty and wellness, yoga and fitness studios. They provide the industry with cutting-edge tech and a huge customer community.
The mobile-friendly booking widget isn’t included as standard in the £109 / month Starter package – you’ll need to add it on.
From £109 / month
Geared up for all sorts of business types, and a focus on professional industries, Gigabook guarantee full access to all features at any account level, along with fast and easy set up and multiple integrations. Right now, we couldn’t see any Covid-19 relief features.
Just keep an eye on your user profiles – the more staff who need access, the more you’ll pay.
From $15 / month (you’ll get a 14-day free trial)
$12 with annual billing
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