Friday Freebie: Appointments Made Easy with YouCanBookMe!

Each spring, I offer free senior portraits to our senior class for anyone needing pictures. I offer a free one hour sitting at our local botanical gardens, then I edit the photos and give the pics to the family on a CD for them to print.

The receptionist at the high school has helped me take bookings in the past, but this year I'm going to use a great free site called YouCanBook.Me.  You have to have a Google account to use it, as it ties bookings to your Google Calendar. You simply log in to YouCanBookMe using your Google credentials.

Then you set the days and times you want people to be able to sign up for. You also have to set the times intervals per booking (in my case one hour). Then, there are so many options, I can't go into all of them here. But you can...

  • set minimum and maximum times to book ahead
  • change your theme
  • go offline when you don't want people to book
  • change your unique URL
  • customize the information you gather
  • send confirmations and thank you's
  • and much, much, more.

Once everything is set, YouCanBookMe offers a variety of ways to share your booking site. You can embed the form, grab a graphical link, download a QR code, share on social media, and more.

I could see administrators using this to schedule teacher evaluations, or teachers using it to schedule parent conferences. The possibilities are endless.

Here's a link for a demo portrait booking. Feel free to click away and set an appointment. Sadly, however, it's just a demo. You won't get your senior portraits!


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