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Appointment Calendars for any Business

May 31, 2008
From plumbers and electricians to hair stylists and doctors, scheduling appointments is an important part of keeping your business alive. After all, without appointments it would be pretty hard to schedule your time efficiently and match up clients with the services you offer.

Since appointments are made, canceled, rescheduled and missed every day; it can be pretty hard to keep track of them - especially when there are a lot of appointments being made for the same hour by a single business. It is possible to keep on schedule with any number of appointment calendars, but some tools are definitely better than others when it comes to using your time well.

Since most businesses train several different secretaries and receptionists, the appointment calendar in the office should be as simple as possible. Once training has been completed, simplicity makes using the tool easier and faster as well. For example, color coding can make it easier to see categorize appointments by their purpose and place or the person who needs to attend.

In today's fast-paced, wireless world, we have grown accustomed to having information at our fingertips no matter where we are. With the internet serving our homes, phones and offices, phone numbers, directions, and other random facts are just a few clicks away. Shouldn't your appointment calendar be the same way? After all, it could make life much more convenient if you could know who, where, when, and why you were meeting someone whether you were in the office or not.

Having an online appointment calendar can be more convenient for your clients as well. If clients can look at available time slots and schedule their own appointments online, they can avoid a lot of frustration. For example, they won't need to wait on the phone to speak with a receptionist, or spell their name ten times because it is a long and difficult, or listen to a list of available time slots while trying to find an opening in their own schedule. Receptionists will probably appreciate the time that self-scheduling saves as well.

Online appointment calendars can save time in other ways as well. For example, instead of having a receptionist call clients the day before to confirm appointments, an online appointment calendar can eliminate this need by sending automatic email reminders.

In conclusion, if you want to simplify scheduling appointments and save yourself, your staff and your clients some time, you might want to consider investing in a simple, accessible and efficient appointment calendar.
About the Author
Simpliflex (http://simpliflex.com/) was designed to be the simplest appointment calendar you can find. In addition to being easy to use, Simpliflex is free. To learn more about this calendar and using it with your business visit http://simpliflex.com/. The author, Art Gib, is a freelance writer.
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