In the market for scheduling software? Then you’ve probably heard of Calendly.
While it wasn’t the first scheduling software created, Calendly is the market leader in the space and has raised $350 million in VC funding.
And it’s popular for a good reason. It’s free and easy to use. The hub for scheduling meetings includes collaboration features for teams, robust admin control, and seamless integrations with Salesforce, Google, Microsoft, Zapier, Zoom, Slack, and more.
However, when you have to position your product to be the next unicorn to appease your investors, your product has to adapt and become more generic. When you try to appeal to everyone, you introduce more complexity, and the UX can suffer.
For example, the experience of sharing your scheduling link in Calendly is impersonal and can create some awkward power dynamics. Not to mention, some of the best ways to mitigate this awkwardness aren’t possible in Calendly, like being able to connect multiple calendars and choose which event routes to which one or personalizing links on the fly.
Fortunately, Calendly isn’t the only scheduling app available. In this post, we’re taking a closer look at 6 Calendly alternatives.
You didn’t think we’d write this post and not include our own product, right? 😉
The reality is Calendly was a true pioneer in this space. They are still a great option if you are looking for a free scheduling solution or are looking for a generic solution for your team.
As a small, scrappy, and mostly bootstrapped company, here are just a few of the ways that SavvyCal is different (and dare we say better) than Calendly.
While Calendly has a free tier, most people outgrow the basic plan features and find themselves quickly in need of a more expensive plan. Their pricing page (and plans) are like the online equivalent of an all-you-can-eat buffet. That’s to say, you have to scroll forever, and you still might not know what features are included in your plan.
Our pricing model, on the other hand, is simple and easy to understand with two plans. Both of which have unlimited links, unlimited calendars, and unlimited events. We also offer a free 7-day trial.
Don’t just take our word for it – here is what several former Calendly users had to say after switching to SavvyCal.
Google offers everything from documents and spreadsheets to photo and file storage. It shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone that there’s a native meeting functionality within Google Calendar.
Google Calendar is free for personal use. However, the business version comes with Google Workspace. This is a paid solution with prices ranging from $6 to $18 per user each month.
HubSpot offers a free Meeting Scheduler as part of its HubSpot CRM product. The scheduler works with Google Calendar, Office 365 Calendar, and of course, HubSpot CRM.
Like its CRM product, this meeting scheduler is designed for sales teams that are already using HubSpot CRM.
HubSpot Meetings is free to use. However, if you want to use HubSpot’s more advanced features, you’re looking at a higher price tag. There are different plans and bundles available, but expect prices to start at $45 for the basic starter plan up to $4,000 a month for select enterprise options.
Founded in 2006, Acuity Scheduling was one of the OGs in this space. They were one of the pioneers of this concept of being able to create and share scheduling links.
However, since they were acquired by Squarespace in early 2019, their product has stayed relatively the same.
These days, the product is really designed for creative freelancers and solopreneurs, like designers and photographers. They offer a 7-day, no-strings-attached free trial of the platform. After that, plans begin at $14 per month and go up to $45 per month for more advanced features.
Doodle is another freemium, cloud-based meeting tool. Their premium plans offer additional features like the ability to add your logo and brand colors, the option to sync with Slack, additional integrations, like Zoom and Zapier, and ongoing training and support.
A 14-day trial is available for new users of Doodle. You can also use their free group poll feature. Paid plans cost between $6.95 to $8.95 a month.
Calendar.com claims to be more than just your average scheduling software. It also functions as a productivity tool by helping you save time and focus on what matters most.
Teams and individuals in any industry can benefit from using Calendar.com if you are looking for a simple and straightforward scheduling solution without many bells and whistles.
The basic, personal use plan is always free. Paid plans cost between $6 - $8 per user each month. The plan is billed annually, but you’ll need to remember that the charges are per user and not per account.
The best way to find out which Calendly alternative is right for you is to test the ones on this list that fit your criteria - whether that’s budget, available integrations, or any other important factor. Gauge how intuitive the scheduling process feels—both for you and your recipients — and see if the features are a good fit for you.
You want a solution that will fit seamlessly into your unique work routine. Because ultimately, the best scheduling app is the one you’ll use.