Thread poster: Kerensa Cracknell
I seem to spend a lot of time every morning replying to "Are you available for XYZ job due in 1/2/3 days?"-type emails. I live in Singapore (GMT+8) so a lot of my work from France comes in overnight and I often miss things because clients don't know that I'm available the following day but will work on something before they get in to the office in France.
I have looked for a calendar-sharing app or online calendar/schedule that I can share with my clients, but can't find a simple one that is easy to share. My husband suggested using an Ooo email that I turn on every night and off every morning but that's a bit of a pain and it means remembering to do it before I go to bed, which I won't always manage to do!
Can anyone suggest a way to share my availability easily with clients, e.g. a link to a user-friendly (free) online calendar, etc.? Does LinkedIn have this kind of functionality? Any ideas welcome.
Thanks in advance!
| Specify your availability in e-mail message body || Mar 21, 2017 |
As almost all of my major clients are based in USA but I live in Latvia, I have found that the best method is to specify my availability in e-mail message body. I specify my availability hours in my local time and in EST. For me, it works nicely.
[Edited at 2017-03-21 06:04 GMT]
| | Lianne van de Ven
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| Google calendar options || Mar 21, 2017 |
You can share a google calendar and enter your busy/non-busy hours (your actual availability for the next few hours, days, month etc.). There are different levels of sharing possible (read only, with or without details, edit and edit/manage). But I am not sure how many clients would make use of booking time on your calendar without you having seen the job specifics. Many clients send out requests for availability/work on a first come first serve basis. It could work for some regular clients, though. The google calendar can be displayed on a webpage, which would be the easiest approach. I doubt many agencies will have a look at it though. I can only see this work if you turn on auto-reply overnight and include a link to your calendar if someone wants to know your immediate availability. Of course you need to keep your calendar updated.
I am not sure the google calendar can be displayed (embedded) on your proz profile, which, btw, has its own calendar where you can display your general level of availability, but you could post a link to your published calendar.
[Edited at 2017-03-21 14:21 GMT]
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There's a calendar here on Proz too, but tbh, most PMs won't ever bother to check it. They'll send out a mail to whoever they think of and give the job to the first person who's free.
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