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anyone know a good scheduling program?

For my business, I schedule air quality tests in homes that last for 48 hours. Does anyone have recommendations for scheduling/appointment software (free or cheap would be nice). The only (emphasis added) feature I am looking for is an easy to see graphical view of free and busy times. For instance, a time & day separated matrix that shows green for open and red for closed. That way, I could easily recommend a time to a customer on the phone.

using windows 7.

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You could easily make such in a spreadsheet.

In reply to: anyone know a good scheduling program?

Basics are a few macro's to:
- set the color to red or green
- make an appointment by adding a row with details on another sheet
- add the row number of the appointment to the red cells
- jump to that row to see the details for a selected red cell

My dentist has a ready made application package like this for his appointments. But that would be too expensive for you, I think, and not fully applicable (I'm identified by name and birthdate).


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In reply to: anyone know a good scheduling program?

Have you looked at ScheduleThing? Their interface is very easy to read, and contains a detailed calendar that you can filter, expand, and customize as you need to. It also sounds like you'd be qualified for their free plan (which comes with two resources and one reservation type); if you wanted to upgrade, the next plan is only $19 month, and comes with an initial one month free trial.

You also say that you are only looking for something only you will use, but you might also want to consider branching out your business so that customers can make their own appointments! ScheduleThing can be set-up so that your customers can view your open times and types of services, and then make their own reservations as needed. If they ever cancel, you would receive an email notification so that you always know what's going on. And best yet, everything's web-based, which means that your appointments are updated in real time, and you can access your dashboard from anywhere with internet connection - even your phone. This will save you a ton of time and headaches!

I work on marketing for ScheduleThing, but my company also uses them to schedule our own needs. We've used them internally to book our various conference rooms (even ones in different buildings!), and externally to arrange telephone calls and phone interviews. From first-hand experience, I can tell you that it's very easy to use.

Good luck with your scheduling! For more information about ScheduleThing, visit

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