Should I work with or without a connected calendar?

You can use OnceHub without a connected calendar. In this case, you'll still be able to accept bookings from Customers when working with ScheduleOnce. 

However, you will not be able to schedule meetings using InviteOnce.

Differences between working with or without a connected calendar

If you're interested in working without a connected calendar, you should consider the differences between working with a connected calendar versus working without a connected calendar.


Working with a connected calendarWorking without a connected calendar
ScheduleOnce

Booking creationAll bookings are created directly in your personal calendar, based on your availability and booking settings.All bookings are created in ScheduleOnce and are available in the ScheduleOnce Activity stream.
Calendar event for the OwnerThe booking automatically creates a calendar event in the Owner's calendar.The calendar event is sent in the scheduling confirmation email and can be added to the calendar manually.
Cancel or reschedule by the UserWhen connected to Google Calendar, Office 365 Calendar via EWS, or Exchange/Outlook Calendar, the User can cancel or reschedule directly from the connected calendar.Bookings can be canceled or rescheduled through the ScheduleOnce Activity stream.
Booking reassigned by the UserWhen a Booking owner is connected to Google Calendar, any of the Booking owner’s one-on-one meetings can be reassigned to any other User who also is connected to Google Calendar.Any of the Booking owner’s one-on-one meetings can be reassigned to any other User who is also working without a connected calendar.
Calendar event for the CustomerDepending on the Customer notification settings, a calendar invite from the Owner's connected calendar can be automatically sent to the Customer.The calendar event is sent in the scheduling confirmation email and can be added to the calendar manually.
Link to calendar in the ScheduleOnce Activity streamThere is always a link to the calendar event in the Owner's connected calendar.There is no link to an external calendar event.
Blocking availability with Busy timeBusy time can be retrieved from any calendar you have access to in your calendar account.
Google Calendar, Exchange/Outlook Calendar, Office 365 Calendar via EWS, and iCloud Calendar Users can retrieve busy time from calendars under their ownership and calendars that have been shared with them.
Office 365 Calendar via OAuth 2.0 Users can retrieve busy time from calendars under their ownership and calendars that have been expressly shared with them
Learn more about calendar configuration

Only bookings made via the Booking page can block availability for that Booking page.

When a User is using multiple Booking pages, they could get double-booked: When the calendar is not connected, scheduled bookings in one Booking page do not block the time on the other Booking pages.





Working with a supported calendarWorking without a connected calendar
InviteOnce

Scheduling meetingsYou can schedule meetings for yourself and/or for other OnceHub Users with a connected calendar, or if you have at least free/busy access to their calendar.Not supported.
Meeting creationAll meetings are directly created in your personal calendar, based on your availability and meeting settings.Not supported.
Receive bookingsIf you are connected to a calendar, we will retrieve availability from your connected calendar (main calendar) and we'll use this calendar to add you as a guest to the calendar event.You can receive bookings if you have given the OnceHub User scheduling the meeting at least free/busy access to your calendar. Your calendar is determined by your OnceHub email ID.

Learn more about how availability is retrieved in InviteOnce

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