By Maria Valdez Haubrich

Are you getting to the point in your business where you could use an assistant or receptionist to schedule and keep track of your appointments, but you don’t want to deal with the HR hassles? Salaries, benefits, worker’s comp…please no!

Of course, this is all possible online. We just stumbled upon BookFresh, an online appointment software available for small and medium sized businesses. According to the Web site (, you can book appointments online, get appointment reminders by email or text messages to your phone, use an iPhone or Facebook app, sync calendars and even take payments if you’re scheduling customer service appointments.

For entrepreneurs who rely on many customer appointments, I can see where this software would smooth operations and take a lot of stress away. Plus, allowing customers to book their own appointments 24/7 might capture some appointments you wouldn’t normally get. And the booking system enables you to keep track of repeat customers preferences and needs. To try it free for 30 days, go to BookFresh.