Calendar Scheduling Tool Comparison: Calendly VS Acuity VS 10to8

We have all been there. You and your potential client (or colleague) agreed to have a meeting.

That’s awesome.

Well, it was awesome before that dreaded conversation starts.

You know the one. You go back and forth several times determining a time that’s convenient for the both of you.

Then you realize you’re in different time zones. Whomp Whomp.

It’s so much easier to just send a link and say “find a time that works for you!”.

There are so many online scheduling tools out there. It’s hard to determine which works best for you and your business.

They all have their pros and cons, but to figure those out can also be time-consuming, so I’ve done that for you!

I’ve chosen to take a deeper look at 10to8, Calendly, Acuity.

10to8.com

Calendly

Acuity

Pricing Small Business: Free

Basic: $9.30/month

Grow: $20/month

Bigger Business: $40/month

Basic: Free

Premium: $8/user/month

Pro: $12/user/month

Freebie: Free

Emerging Entrepreneur: $15

Growing Business: $25

Powerhouse Player: $50

Automatically syncs to an online calendar Yes Yes With Paid Accounts
Multiple Appointment Types Unlimited 1 for Free Account
Unlimited to Paid Accounts
Unlimited
Time Zone Conversions Yes Yes With Paid Accounts
Number of Events Per Month Small/Basic: 100 appointments/month
Grow: 300/month
Bigger business: 600/month
Unlimited Unlimited
Event Notifications Yes Yes Yes
Customizable email notifications and reminders Yes With paid With paid
Integrates with your website Yes Yes With paid
Collect Payments Yes. Paypal, Stripe, Sage With Paid. Stripe and Paypal With paid. Stripe, Square, Braintree, Paypal, Authorize.net

All three of these online calendar scheduling tools are pretty easy to use. They have similar features in that:

  • You can set your office hours and when you’re available to your clients
  • You’ll get a custom URL to give to your clients to find a time that works for them
  • They all have amazing integrations with paid versions
    • They all integrate with Zapier, allowing countless automations
  • You can create multiple meeting types and durations for both 1:1 and group bookings.

10to8

10to8’s interface is so easy to use for both user’s point of view.

From the client’s perspective, it is very simple and clean. The URL is only customizable with a paid account. I love that I can create my own header, image, and copy to greet the users, who can easily click on an appointment and select a date and time that works for them.

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From my perspective, it’s very easy to use but the design and the colors are a bit antiquated in my opinion. It’s a tad clunky, but I think that everything is really easy to find. There is a side menu where you can navigate to the page you’re looking for.

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You’re able to speak directly with the meeting coordinator through 10to8 via email or text, which is very convenient when there is a follow up needed.

You can add questions for the attendee, which is really nice for me since I like to gather birthdays!

Calendly

From both user’s point of view, Calendly’s interface is very simple and clean, which I love.

From the client’s perspective, they can see my custom URL and my public meetings. You click on my 30-minute meeting and my client can select the date and time that works best for them.

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From my perspective, setting up events and availability is very easy to do.

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I feel like Calendly is a little too simple. I want to be able to set my office hours, then go to each type of event and adjust accordingly. But instead, I had to go to each event and set the office hours. This seems like a really silly downfall, but it took me a little bit of extra time to figure it out.

I really like that you can easily add questions to the attendee. For example, it automatically asks for their name and email, but you could add phone number and birthday.

With the paid version, the person scheduling the time can automatically book another appointment as well as other custom links such as a thank you page.

Calendly also has some direct integrations (integrations without having to use Zapier). These integrations include:

Acuity

Acuity’s interface is visually appealing and easy to use for both you and your meeting attendees.

From the client’s perspective, I like Acuity’s interface the best. You can view multiple days and times at once and it looks really nice. You can do a lot of customizations on this page, which is really awesome.

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With Acuity, there are so many customizations – it’s really amazing.

With the client’s view you can:

  • Use monthly or daily calendar view (the below screenshot is daily)
  • Allow/disallow recurring appointments
  • Allow/disallow client login and registration. This will save the client’s information for future scheduling.

When you schedule your availability, you can set a regular availability or select particular days. You can create a client intake form.

Acuity also has approximately 1 billion direct integrations. I’m kidding, but there really are a lot of integrations such as:

Are you ready to see my recommendations?

  • Calendly is super clean and easy to use but is a little basic. It’s great for someone you simply wants an online calendar scheduler, without all the extra uses.
  • 10to8 has an amazing free option with a great interface for your clients. There are many great options in the free version but the interface for the original user is a little clunky.
  • Acuity’s free version is very limited. It does not sync with your calendar or automatically convert time zone. The free version also doesn’t have event reminders or website integrations but the paid version is amazing. With the paid version you have so many different options available.

I would recommend…

  • Calendly for a free very quick and basic setup
  • 10to8 for free, more customized setup
  • Acuity when you’re ready to pay for an upgraded version

So, what online scheduling tool do you use? Why did you choose it?


Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.

If you could use an extra set of hands in your business, Schedule a FREE Discovery Call here


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4 Reasons You Need A Project Management System

If you have any projects going on at the moment, you need a project management system.

That would be you!

I know. A “project management system” sounds so intimidating. You may think because you only do (insert what you do here), that you don’t need a system.

I’m sorry, but I think you’re wrong.

A project management system is just that. It is a way to organize everything that you have going on.

No matter what stage you are in with your business, a project management system is essential to staying on top of all of your “to-dos”. (We all know that there are a lot of those!)

I personally love Asana, but there are so many systems out there for you to choose from.

I honestly don’t know what I would do without Asana, so it’s not difficult to come up with 1,000 reasons why you need a system, but I thought 4 would be a good start.

  1. Everything is in one place

Maybe you have sticky notes all over your desk.

You have a notebook full of notes.

Your inbox is full of to-do tasks.

You forget to do things because either (1) you have things written in so many different areas, you wouldn’t know where to look or (2) you never wrote it down anywhere!

You have so many ideas that you try to remember. That project that would be great, but just not at this moment. What about your blog post ideas? Do you think of a great idea, only to forget about it later?

Well, with a project management system, this is all solved. Your project management system will be your one-stop shop for everything that’s going on in your business (and your personal life).

When I open Asana, I see a list of all of my tasks that must be done (with due dates).

I have projects that are filled with blog ideas and notes.

I also have a project for my social media planning, marketing, and client tasks.

There’s something amazing about being able to have one spot for everything!

  1. Keep track of due dates

I mentioned due dates before. It deserves a whole category for itself.

Having all of your tasks compiled in one area is great, but how do you know what to work on?

Have you ever looked at the date and thought “Oh, no! I was supposed to do XYZ today!”

Well, when you have a project management system like Asana, you can enter due dates. That way, anything that must be done immediately will show up on the top of your list. Any tasks that you do not have to worry about at the time will show up on the bottom of your list.

Sometimes, I put tasks in there each year so that I don’t have to think about it anymore – just put it in Asana and it’ll be there when you need it.

  1. Communication becomes streamlined

Do you have to search through your emails to find the ones from your clients?

Then each client will have 1,000 different email chains?

You are trying to find information about a particular project, but can’t seem to find it?

Or maybe you constantly receive emails from clients, or are constantly sending emails to clients, that say “What’s the status on…”.

Can you relate?

Well, it doesn’t have to be like that!

You can use your project management system to correct this time-consuming issue by sharing your system with your clients!

Make a project with information for each particular project. Share that with your clients!

All of your deliverables will be listed out so, at any point, you and your client can see what has been done.

All of your communication can be right in the project. (Feedback, questions, etc.)

There aren’t any more missed/forgotten emails. Nothing goes to spam.

  1. Documents are in one place

Have you ever received (or sent) an email that says “I know that was sent, but I can’t find it.”

What about losing track of how many times a deliverable was edited or not being able to find previous edits/notes?

Any attachments can be stored right in Asana (and most other project management systems out there), so there’s no more scrolling through emails looking for your attachments.

I have many tasks where I update a spreadsheet each week. I post a Google Doc link to that spreadsheet in my task so that I never have to go searching for it!

So,  what are you waiting for?


Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.

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Use Asana to Get to Inbox Zero

Working for yourself is the most amazing experience, but it can be so overwhelming.

Do you have an inbox full of unread emails, sticky notes covering your desk, and a whole list of tasks that should have been done already?

The stress tends to either lead to all day/night working episodes, or completely ignoring all of your responsibilities because starting is just too overwhelming.

I’m all about getting to inbox zero, but it’s nearly impossible to do without a proper project management system in place.

I’ve told you about my dear friend followupthen! This is great when you want to remind yourself of an email at a later point in time, but what about all the other stuff?

You know, the email that you think is a great resource, the information about a project, client information, and all the other things that should be on your to-do list. (Your inbox should not be your to-do list!)

Enter Asana. Now, there are two major ways that you can use Asana to help you get to inbox zero.

  1.         Forward or Copy & Paste Emails into Asana

There are some emails that come in that I just want to save. Can you relate? They are either full of information or have links/passwords included.

If this happens, you simply either forward the email directly to Asana or simply copy and paste the important information into an Asana project.

This way, you always have the information and it isn’t taking up valuable retail space in your inbox.

To find the email for an individual project, go to the project. Click the down arrow > Add Tasks via > email.

The email address for that specific project will pop up.

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When you forward the email, the subject will become the task name and the body of the email will become the task description. If there is an attachment, that will stay.

You can put multiple projects in as contacts in your email, but I like to create a separate project that says “add to projects” and simply sort the information from there.

  1.         Communicate within Asana

Do you ever get the “what’s the status of….” email? What about the “I can’t find that x you sent me, can you resend”? Or even better, “I didn’t get that or it went to spam”.

Well, you can communicate with your clients and employees right in Asana.

You can see what has been done and what hasn’t been done.

You can assign tasks to each other with due dates, and you can communicate within the tasks.

You can add comments, tag a team members using the @ symbol, and keep project communication out of your inbox.

Attach documents right in the project, so it won’t get lost. Attach links to Google docs for easy access.

The options are endless.

Did I mention that Asana was free? You and up to 14 team members can be on your workspace for free. Now, there is an upgrade available that has some pretty cool features, but the free version works amazingly!

Do you use Asana to help organize your tasks get to inbox zero?


Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.

If you could use an extra set of hands in your business, Schedule a
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Don’t be Perfect

I know what it’s like to have a business. I have so many things that I want to do.

I want all of it to be perfect.

In fact, I could spend an hour making a single social media graphic. I could spend an entire 40 hour work week perfecting my website. I could spend 5 hours writing a blog post.

All in the sake of being perfect.

But you know what? Perfect isn’t always the best way to go.

Perfect can be your downfall.

You should just finish it. Your graphics should look great, but they don’t have to be perfect. Your website should look great, but I’m not sure those are ever perfect. Blog posts should be helpful to your readers, but it doesn’t have to be award winning.

Don’t use perfection as an excuse.

Don’t delay creating a blog because you can’t write perfect posts every week. Don’t delay launching that e-book because it isn’t perfect yet. Just do it!

You can always edit it at a later time, but don’t let perfection be an excuse.

In fact, launching a product that isn’t perfect is absolutely ideal. You’re going to get feedback from users and you can adjust the product to suit their needs!

If you wait on everything being perfect, you’re going to lose out on sales, spend tons of valuable time doing tasks that should be used elsewhere, and you may never actually launch it!

Do you find yourself coming up with amazing plans, research it, start this amazing product, only to never actually finish it? You begin getting bored and discouraged because it isn’t perfect?

Stop doing that!

You’re probably your own worst critic. Do you ever think your own work is ever perfect? I feel I can always tweak and improve nearly every aspect of my business.

You should always be proud of your product, but perfect is a nearly impossible goal to reach. Don’t let that get in the way of you putting out an amazing product.

So, are you pushing back starting/finishing anything in your business because you’re concerned it won’t be perfect?



Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.

If you could use an extra set of hands in your business, Schedule a
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Stay Productive by Planning

Staying productive can seem like such an impossible task, but it is completely doable with a plan.

Set out a time every week for a plan. I like to plan on Sundays, but first thing Monday morning or last thing on Friday works as well.

Bonus tip: while planning out your week, make sure you schedule time for batch processing!

Ideally, the planning would include several aspects.

  1. What is your biggest priority for this upcoming week and how are you going to accomplish that goal? (Examples: Write your blog posts, course creation, follow up with x number of leads, big client projects, etc.)
  2. What activities do you do daily? (Examples: Check emails, social media interaction, other client work, etc.)
  3. What appointments do you have set up?

First, look at your biggest goal for the week. What do you have to do every day to complete that goal? For example, if your goal is to write blog posts for next month, start every day dedicating an hour to writing blog posts. If you batch process your blog writing, take one hour on Monday and Tuesday to write your posts, one hour Wednesday and Thursday to edit them, and one hour on Friday to make graphics, format, and schedule them to post.

(Note that I didn’t say to do this after you check your emails and social media, those take too long and can be way too distracting)

Next, schedule blocks of time to work on your business and your client work. Don’t worry about the details just yet!

For example, maybe your week will look like this:

Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal
Business admin/marketing Business admin/marketing Business admin/marketing Meetings Business admin/marketing
Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch
Client work Client work Meetings Client work Client work

Everyone’s list is going to look differently. Because much of my work is other entrepreneur’s “business admin/marketing”, I group my email, social media, and Asana updates with my clients, so my weeks look more like this:

Monday

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

Friday

Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal Work on week’s goal
Check and respond to emails Check and respond to emails Check and respond to emails Check and respond to emails Check and respond to emails
Social media posting Amanda Leigh Marketing Client work Client work Client work
Update Asana Update Asana Update Asana Update Asana Update Asana

After the days are somewhat grouped and batched, it’s time to plan out the details. Try to batch as much as possible together. Do you have multiple clients that you need to create graphics for? Are you creating multiple brand boards or logos? Try to batch like projects together.

I would also suggest not giving yourself exact times to work on these. It just seems like once you start running behind, it’s easy to get stressed and less motivated.

Side note, I can’t talk about planning a productive week without touching on emails and other incoming notifications. You can schedule time open and check your emails/social media, if that’s what you’d like to do. It is known to be best practice to only check your emails at certain times, but I understand how difficult that can be. I do, however, believe that you should schedule a chunk of time to check emails and then perhaps just glance at it throughout the day to satisfy the need to stay at inbox zero.

Instead, provide yourself with a list of tasks from most to least important that you’d like to get done each day, and in each category.

The next day, look at what you didn’t complete the day before and repeat!

How do you plan for your week?


Amanda Leigh, with her business savvy tools and upbeat attitude, helps entrepreneurs develop systems that work for, not against them. By setting up project management systems and email management protocols curated specifically for each business, Amanda’s dedication to helping others thrive means making sure nothing is forgotten.

If you could use an extra set of hands in your business, Schedule a FREE Discovery Call here


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