ScheduleOnce provides time zone support, as well as solutions for multiple locations with varied availability. These features can be used for scheduling business trip meetings.
Let’s say you’re a New York (Eastern time, GMT-5) resident planning a business trip to Frankfurt, Germany (Central European time, GMT+1). The business trip scheduling process can be set as follows:
- Create a Booking page for the business trip. This allows you to share a unique customer link with prospects and associates in Germany, so that they will clearly see when you plan to be in the region. It also prevents clients in the USA from booking face-to-face time with you during the business trip.
- In the Event types section of the New Booking page popup, delete all Event types.
- In the Overview of the Booking page (Setup -> relevant Booking page -> Overview), edit the Time zone settings. Click Edit, set the time zone to “Germany; Berlin, Bonn, Frankfurt (GMT+1)” and press Save.
- Then go to the Recurring availability section. Delete it completely so it is a blank grid and click Save.
- Next go to the Date-specific availability section, highlight the times you will be available for meetings in Frankfurt, and click Save. This availability should be entered in the local Frankfurt time zone as this is the time zone of the page.
- Your calendar account that's connected to ScheduleOnce is set to the New York time zone. When a booking is made via the Frankfurt booking page, you will see all Frankfurt meetings adjusted to your calendar account’s default time zone. This means that an appointment booked for 9 am in Frankfurt will appear on the default New York calendar at 3 am. When you arrive in Frankfurt, your calendar account settings should be changed to GMT+1, and the calendar event will adjust to show the meeting at 9 am, as scheduled.
- if you want to create a clear separation between the trip meetings and all other meetings in your calendar, you can create a new calendar in your connected calendar account and name it something like “Frankfurt meetings.” In ScheduleOnce, you can then go to to the Associated calendars section (Setup -> relevant Booking page -> Associated calendars), and select the Frankfurt meetings calendar as this Booking page’s Main booking calendar.
- Adjust the remaining ScheduleOnce Booking page settings to your preferences. In the Conferencing / Location section, you may want to list a hotel or temporary office location, or ask the customer to supply an address for the meeting.
- You can choose to share this Booking page’s customer link only with prospects or customers in Germany, or you can add it to a Master page, offering it alongside your other Booking pages.
One-time links eliminate any chance of unwanted repeat bookings. A Customer who receives the link will only be able to use it for the intended booking and will not have access to your underlying Booking page. One-time links can be personalized, allowing the Customer to pick a time and schedule without having to fill out the Booking form.