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Product Review - Google Calendar

March 26, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

It's no secret that I'm a huge Google fan. Google is so much more than Gmail and search - they have loads of useful free tools and I'm finding new ones all the time. Today, I'm going to review a tool I use every day for both professional and personal use: Google Calendar.

The basics

Google calendar is included with all the features you get when you open a free Gmail account. In spite of being free, it's really robust and loaded with features. I've used Outlook and Blackberry calendars before, and I can't find anything that's missing with Google calendar. If you have an events calendar for your company, you can use Google calendar to get it published on your website without any programming skills.

What's to love

Here are just the top 5 features that I love. There's many more, but this should give you enough incentive to check it out. There's also some newer features being tested at Google labs which you can enable as well (check under the Labs tab of calendar settings).

  1. It syncs with my Timetrade ( account so clients can schedule their own appointments. Timetrade only shows when I'm available, not my appointments or what I'm doing when I'm not available.
  2. Custom privacy settings make it easy to share as much or as little data as you want with your spouse or assistant.
  3. You can invite other Gmail users to events and when they accept it shows up on their calendar. This is great for getting things scheduled with no confusion.
  4. You can specify multiple calendars to see in your main view. Mine shows appointments in red, birthdays I've entered in blue, US holidays provided by Google in blue and business tasks or reminders in purple. This is helpful because I know at a glance what appointments I have and can look just at that if I want. You could use this feature for various family members or company functions.
  5. I love the seamless sync with my Android phone.

I could go on and on (and often do!), but you get the idea - it's a great product that happens to be free. One of the my guiding principles when choosing tools to use in my solopreneur business is economy. When there are choices, I like things that cost less assuming they do the job. You could pay for an online calendar, but Google calendar is a great example of an excellent tool that is free.

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