Sad news, from the world of Tungle …
As of Monday, December 3rd, 2012 we will shut down the standalone Tungle service. You will continue to be able to use your Tungle.me page until then to schedule meetings and share calendars. We know our dedicated members rely on Tungle every day to manage their calendars and we don’t want to leave you out to dry, so we suggest you check out Doodle to replace Tungle in December.
So, what’s a solo to do, if she’s been using Tungle.Me for scheduling?
Fret not, my brothers and sisters in Couch-Warrior-Land. I have some options for you.
Option #1: Doodle
First up: the site recommended by Tungle.Me — Doodle.
Like most of our contenders, Doodle is available in both free and premium versions. Premium rates start at a very reasonable $39 per year for a solo user, and go up from there for business and enterprise solutions.
Doodle only does scheduling, from what I can see (unlike Satori, one of our other contenders here, which also handles billing & invoicing).
The free version looks solid for one-off events, or for group events that take place infrequently (i.e., once a month or so).
And you can’t beat free, in any event.
But if you’re looking for a more substantial solution or one that provides other benefits, you might want to keep on looking.
Option #2: Satori
Satori also offers a free version, as well as more robust premium levels to boot.
The free level offers up to 15 scheduled sessions and 100 contacts tracked per month. Higher-priced levels include billing and invoicing, as well as CRM functions, all for relatively reasonable prices.
It also provides a free 30-day trial at all levels.
Plus PJP buddy Michelle Nickolaisen of Bombchelle uses it and loves it. So, y’know, that’s high praise indeed.
Right now, this one looks the best for PJP’s own needs, out of the four options I looked at.
Option #3: Book’d
Book’d is still in beta – you can request an invite here. A few friends have played around with it, and I’m trying to get a more in-depth review to share with you. Until then, all I can say is “Nice landing page.”
Option #4: Schedule Once
ScheduleOnce is scheduling only, as the name implies, but it looks like it does the one thing it does very well.
Pricing is fairly reasonable, and like Satori, there’s a free trial period.
(UPDATED) Option #5: ScheduleThing
A reader also alerted me to another option — ScheduleThing.
Pricing seems to be roughly comparative to other apps, with free and premium options ranging from $19 to $129 monthly. The main distinguishing feature that varies between levels is the number of resources — defined as “a person, place, or thing that can be reserved.”
Most solo service providers will need one resource — i.e, the solo — and may do just fine with the free option. But if you have contractors or teams that rotate service schedules, you’ll need to upgrade to keep it all straight.
Each kind of new account gets the first month free.
Bottom line: it’s definitely a contender and I’ll be checking it out.
Pajama Productivity’s Decision
I think for PJP’s coaching clients, Satori looks like the best solution, so we’ll probably be implementing it very soon.
But with free trials and free versions abounding here, the best bet is to check the pricing and features of each contender against your own budget needs, then try them out for a month or so, to see which one seems more intuitive and user-friendly.
How about you? Are you sad to see Tungle.Me go? What tools, if any, do you use for scheduling? Hit us up in the comments!