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So you’re tired of the back-and-forth emails just to set up a meeting? You’re not alone. While Calendly has been the go-to for many, there’s a hidden gem you might not know about: Google’s Appointment Slots.
This feature is somewhat buried within Google Calendar. Unlike Calendly, which is a standalone service, Appointment Slots is included in all Google Workspace Subscriptions. That means you get this feature along with your regular Gmail, Google Drive, and other Workspace services.
Calendly offers a free plan, but its premium features come at a cost. Google’s Appointment Slots, on the other hand, are part of your existing Google Workspace Subscription.
|Feature / Pricing||Google Workspace (Business Starter)||Calendly (Essentials)|
|Price||$8.40 AUD / user/month||$8 / seat/month|
|Paid Calendar Appointments||✔️||✔️|
|Video Meetings||100-participant (on demand)||❌|
|Advanced Calendar Features||❌||✔️ (Event types, group events, workflows)|
|Custom and Secure Business Email||✔️||❌|
|Storage||30 GB per user||❌|
|Security and Management Controls||✔️||❌|
Note: These are two different platforms, so it’s challenging to compare them directly.
Here’s the kicker: Google’s Appointment Slots come with Stripe integration, allowing you to monetize your meetings. And guess what? It’s free! Calendly requires a professional plan for this feature.
Both platforms offer customization, but Google’s Appointment Slots gives you the added benefit of seamless integration with your existing Google services.
Google’s feature isn’t as straightforward to find, but once you know where to look, it’s a powerful tool. Calendly is more visible but may offer more than what some businesses need.
If you’re already using Google Workspace and don’t require advanced features like webinars or group events, Google’s Appointment Slots could be a cost-effective and convenient alternative.
Setting up Google’s Appointment Slots is simple but not very obvious. Want a detailed guide to navigate through the setup? Book a free meeting today, and we’ll give you the SOP along with personalized advice on how to set it up.
While Calendly has been a popular choice for scheduling and appointment management, Google’s Appointment Slots offers a compelling alternative, especially for existing Google Workspace users. With features like free Stripe integration, it’s worth considering as a viable option for your business.
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