Archive for October, 2008
Last week’s Biz Tips was about using on-line scheduling services and one of my sharp readers, Bonnie Hill, has given me another great resource to tell you about that may be useful for your coaching business. TimeDriver is not only a way for clients to schedule with you, it is a scheduling promotion system through the use of invitations and easy-access buttons. TimeDriver calls itself an appointment invitation system and the intriguing aspect is those buttons. The system provides a way for you to include a “Schedule Now” button for your emails, website or even LinkedIn profile that connects the prospect directly to your openings. The TimeDriver Marketing strategy is that their system compels action from prospects and customers by making the scheduling immediate – sounds like a way to make an entrepreneur happy!
The system coordinates directly with either Google or Outlook calendars and determines appointment times for you. All you have to do is say when you are available – example, Tuesday mornings for 30 minutes – and the software does the rest. No one is given access to your calendar directly; they do receive email confirmations and reminders. There is also a feature allowing you to ask a direct question of each person scheduling so that you can know the nature of the appointment or the issue being addressed. TimeDriver gives a generous free trial of 90 days and then has an annual cost of $29.95 which makes it affordable for many coaching businesses.
I am pleased to announce that I have taken on a contract position as the National Education Director at Practice Pay Solutions. I am excited about this work because Practice Pay is a company that is truly committed to helping business owners succeed. What a great pairing for the work that I do helping coaches, counselors and consultants grow their businesses. I am honored to be taking on this position that has previously been held by C.J. Hayden and Karyn Greenstreet.
Practice Pay Solutions is well known in the coaching world as the most popular company for credit card processing with what is called a merchant account. In addition, they provide shopping carts, Learning Management Systems, a Website Builder and a registry for virtual assistants. They are dedicated to great customer service and training on all their products. My selection for this position is related to the company’s new initiative called Practice Pay University which will unfold in a very exciting way over the next several months.
My role as National Education Director will include hosting free classes and teleclasses on both Practice Pay products and on important topics in business development. We’ll be discussing e-commerce, automating your business, and creating passive income. You should be hearing quite a lot from me! And even though this sounds like a lot – I’ll still be working as usual in my own business, giving you lots of information and ideas for growing your business on a very personal basis.
The first classes from Practice Pay University have been announced. The first call is “Using a Virtual Assistant for Your Business” and is scheduled for November 5th at 5pm eastern. On November 6th at 5pm eastern, I’ll be interviewing Deborah Gallant about “Building a Coaching Website”. You can find out more about either call or register for free here.