As you know from reading our documentation on Services, your services have a set duration that breaks down your working hours into appointment timeslots. The time in your availability must be greater than or equal to your service's duration in order for appointment timeslots to display to clients who are booking with you.
For instance, if you are a massage therapist and have a “Deep Tissue Massage” service that lasts for 1 hour (60 minutes) and your working hours are set up between 9:00am – 5:00pm, you could have appointments scheduled from:
Alternatively, if you have a “Hot Stone Massage” service that is set for a duration of 90 minutes (1 hour & 30 minutes), the appointment time offerings would be:
No one would be able to book a 90 minute massage after 4:30pm because your day is set to end at 5:00pm. The thing to realize about setting your service durations is that there has to be enough time left in your availability to account for the entire duration of you last appointment.
With the waitlist feature, once all the available appointments for a service on a given day are reserved, then clients can join the wait list to be notified for when a time becomes available on that day.
Let's say you are a massage therapist that offers a 1 hour long massage service. You have set up your working hours so that you are available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm. Your availability for Monday, February 23rd, 2015, gets all booked up by other clients, but you want to allow any clients who are interested in getting a massage on the 23rd to sign up for a waiting list to be notified if any spots become available.
To do this you navigate to the Service Profile by going to Setup → Services and clicking on the Service for which you want to turn on the wait list feature for (in this case that would be the "1 Hour Massage"):
Once in the Service Profile, scroll down toward the bottom and check off the "Allow Wait List" checkbox:
From there, hit the next button at the bottom of the Services page to tab over to the "Staff" tab to save your changes.
The staff person is all booked up with appointments between 8:00am and 5:00pm on Monday, February 23rd:
Once she's completely booked, the next client that goes on to try and book an appointment with on February 23rd will not see available time slots but instead will see the message shown in the image below:
When clients click "Join Wait List" they'll be asked what time of the day they would want an appointment on the day they are joining the wait list for. Once they select the time, they'll press the Continue button at the bottom of the pop up:
Once they press continue, they will go to the Your Information screen where they will enter in the information you require of them:
After pressing save, they will get the confirmation screen which has a custom message that you can change by going to Setup > Scheduler > Final Panel:
Your client will receive an email that he/she was added to the waitlist. You will also receive an email that the client was added to the waitlist:
We go through how to customize the messages that your clients see as well as how to turn waitlist registrants into appointments in other sections of this documentation. Click the links to go to those specific sections.