HourTown Adds Features for Service SMBs

I spoke on Friday with Ryan Donahue, founder of small business scheduling site HourTown. He and I talked about the economic climate and his observation that recent subscribers to his service are listing part-time and weekend hours, suggesting that people are moonlighting or hedging in the event they lose their jobs. Non-scientific but interesting nonetheless.

Donahue was briefing me on new features the site was adding, including scheduling for multiple providers within a single business (e.g., stylists in a salon), widgets for SMB websites and SMS notifications of an appointment or inquiry. Here’s a site that uses the widget:

Here’s the hosted scheduling page:
The HourTown model is a subscription model. HourTown offers its services for free, but leads are limited. Unlimited leads/appointments requires a monthly subscription.

HourTown competitors include BookingAngel, Libersy and GenBook (and ZocDoc in the medical vertical).

I suggested (in a moment of self interest) that Donahue build a calendaring solution for analysts that helps avoid the time sink of scheduling and rescheduling briefings. He demurred and referred me to Google Calendar. :)
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7 Responses to “HourTown Adds Features for Service SMBs”

  1. Mark Myszak Says:

    Great Sıte and review. İ had my acount set up and the button on my blog in about 3 minutes.

  2. Daniel Lizio-Katzen Says:

    SpaBooker also offers something along these lines for the Spa and Salon market. Except that it is a full calendaring and point of sale system – completely web based, of course.

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  4. KarenK Says:

    Another niche site with similar features is http://www.bidmycleaning.com focusing on house cleaning – maids, windows and carpets. Their site is great looking and very user friendly on the customer side. I haven’t seen the provider side.

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  7. Offline Local Marketing Says:

    I think there’s a trend now to do offline marketing online (if that makes any sense)

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