Usually an excel spread sheet is just not enough as it doesn't send out email confirmations or link booking data, this is why most teachers opt to use a digital booking system to keep things organised and saving them valuable time.
There are so many booking systems out there, so how do you know which is the best class booking system for you? In this post we talk about the pros and con of the bet class booking systems.
The top 10 best class booking systems are:
- Airbnb Experiences
- Acuity Scheduling
- Mind Body
Yes we're bias, but we believe we've created an incredible teaching tool and it just so happens hundreds of teachers agree! Obby provides all in one teaching software helping you to easily manage timetabling, students and classes.
This fully functioning class booking system from Obby has a multitude of features designed to reduce admin time, run classes smoothly, take bookings smoothly and grow your business.
With a free customisable widget, teachers can easily take bookings from within any website, social media page or marketing emails.
Alongside this, Obby also promote teachers classes on their marketplace, which attracts thousands of students every month and via digital targeted adverts. There is no limit to how many, in-person or online classes a teacher can add!
Teachable is on of the best class booking systems as it is an online platform for pre-recorded course content and more. As a teacher, you can easily create your classes directly on the system read to be purchased and watch by your customers.
Teachable is great tool if you are brand conscious as you are able to completely customise your classes and course to keep them on brand.
On the booking system you also have some great marking tools as you filter students and email them marketing content depending with they enrolled in a class, completed a course, or redeemed a voucher.
The only con of the system is that it is for pre-recorded content only, so if you are teaching live online classes or in person classes, this isn't the correct system for you.
Thinkific is an online education platform used by creators use to grow their business with online course. It is an all in one booking system as you can create, market and sell classes using the tools that they provide.
Thinkific is the best class booking system if you aren't tech savvy as you can build a website built around teaching themes to sell you course on really easily. On top of that, you can also integrate your classes with any existing website you might already have!
This system really hones in on the students needs, as you can set different modules including an amazing quiz feature.
This system is brilliant but only if you don't intend to do live online or in-person classes.
4. Airbnb Experiences
Airbnb Experiences have a great all round system if you teach in-person classes. With this system, simply create an account and add you classes. These are then advertised on their marketplace as well as giving you a widget for you to add to your website enabling direct customers to book on.
One of the huge advantages of Airbnb experiences is the marketing, especially if your classes are located in a popular tourist destination. This is because it is directly connected to Airbnb, and they will market your classes to those who have booked Airbnb in your area.
The only down sides to this system is that the marketing they provide is for non locals, so not fantastic if you want recurring students. The other downside is that the commission taken is the same no matter if a student books via their marketplace or the widget on your own website.
Known as a maketplace to sell tickets to events, Eventbrite also has its own booking systems on the back end which is used for teacher to help sell classes!
Similar to Airbnb you can easily add you classes as listing which appear on the Eventbrite marketplace and you ad also use this listing on any other site, including your own, to take bookings.
The clear disadvantage here is that like Airbnb, the commission is the same no matter where the customers books and the further to that, there is no brand customisation.
However, if you are just hosting a one of class then this is a really quick and easy way to build a listing and sell tickets. Which is why we still think it's one of the best booking systems.
6. Acuity Scheduling
Now we could have a list of the top ten booking systems is we didn't mention Acuity Scheduling! This super user-friendly system with robust features makes for a brilliant booking system.
Its feature including alters and reminders, multiple calendar synchronisation, customisation and integrations with Mailchimp, Google Analytics and many other more. The down side to this tool is that it can be very expensive and the customer support is minimal.
Timely is the perfect class booking tool for you if you are work like to see a visual calendar. You or your students can easily book themselves directly into the free space in your calendar. It is a seamless system which handles payments and send out confirmation and reminder emails.
The Timely system works like a dream if you have 0ne-to-one classes, however this system won't work for you if you are happy for multiple people to book onto the same time slot or have timetables classes with multiple attendees.
8. Mind Body
If you teach a wellbeing class then look no further, the Mind Body booking system was designed for you. It has a wellbeing marketplace targeting this unique demographic in your local area who look to participate in wellbeing activities such as mediation, yoga, and mindfulness.
The class you add to your account are shared on this marketplace and the booking system is brilliant for taking booking on your own website. It is easy for customers to book and send out email notifications and reminder so you don't have to.
One of the disadvantages to using Mindbody is that you can not customers the widget on your website.
Gigabook is a really great online appointment scheduling booking system with lotss of really useful feature including a to-do list, automatic reminder, text message reminders and many other features as listed in the above image.
This booking system is easy to book appointments, easy to customise or update booking information, reliable and affordable.
One down side to this system is that client data is very difficult to get to and impossible to export.
Trello is a great project management software, great if you tackle management as a "to-do" system. It is a brilliant tool to be able to visually see an overview of the management process and is one of the easiest systems to use.
So Trello is a brilliant system to manage classes as an overview, but not good if you are looking for a booking tool.
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