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Microsoft Bookings is included in the Office 365 suite, and the calendar is made publicly available so anyone can come along and book an appointment. This particular tool serves well small business customers as well as enterprises.
Multiple Businesses can be set up within a single tenant. This means external-facing teams can have their own setup, and different users can be assigned. A Bookings calendar has different options such as lead time (notice period), time increments, selection of specific team members, business hours, logo and theme, and language and time zone. Events in the Office 365 calendar can be allowed to affect availability.
Microsoft Bookings has appealing capabilities. Let’s take a detailed look at why you should make it the scheduling software for your business.
Customize Booking Page
Your booking pages need to positively reflect your brand. It should look and feel like an extension of your business. To help achieve this, Microsoft Bookings provides options to customize your booking page. You can choose to show your business logo, the main color for your booking page, among others. Click the ‘Booking page’ in the left navigation list to start the customization process. Once you’re done, click ‘Save and publish’.
Add Buffer Time between Appointments
Some businesses require back-to-back appointments. Furthermore, some businesses require preparation beforehand, travel, and clean-up and travel time once the service is delivered. It’s for these reasons that buffer time is added to give you more options to customize the services you deliver.
Add buffer time by clicking the ‘Services’ tab in the left navigation column and either edit a current service or create a new one. Click the ‘Buffer time your customers can’t book’ for selections that can be applied before and after the service appointment. Those are times clients can’t book an appointment before and after an appointment.
Add Office 365 Calendar to Bookings
You can add events from Office 365 calendar to Bookings. There is integration between calendars to help avoid booking client meetings during the time you’ve set for personal appointments, partner meetings, staff, or other aspects of running your business. Click the ‘Staff’ tab on the left navigation panel to add office 365 calendars to Bookings. Use the ‘Staff details page’ to select the ‘Events on office 365 calendar affect availability’ checkbox.
Office 365 automatically fills in busy times on the Bookings calendar and on the self-service Booking page your clients see — so you won’t get double-booked. For clients also not to get double-booked, add their Office 365 calendars.
The App is available for mobile devices (iOS and Android) for you to keep up with your business while you are away from a desk. Microsoft Bookings is designed to captivate clients, simplify scheduling, and free time so you are on top of your business wherever you are.