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Sawyer

Class management software for kids activity providers

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Sawyer product overview

What is Sawyer?

Sawyer is an all-in-one interface that allows educators to build custom class schedules and easily manage online registration, payment processing, parent communications and more. Our dedicated and top-rated support team provides training videos, hosted webinars, and business resources for educational leaders to bring our community together.

Key benefits of using Sawyer

  • Accept all forms of payments–credit, checks, even cash.

  • Instant communication with parents right from the web app.

  • Download customized reports on attendance, payment history, and more.

  • Manage different classes and camps by age and activity.

  • Save child information such as allergies and after school pickup.

  • Access to a community of like-minded providers and resources to grow together.
  • Typical customers

    Freelancers
    Small businesses
    Mid size businesses
    Large enterprises

    Platforms supported

    Web
    Android
    iPhone/iPad

    Support options

    Email/Help Desk
    Chat
    Phone Support
    FAQs/Forum
    Knowledge Base

    Training options

    Webinars
    In Person
    Documentation
    Live Online
    Videos

    Sawyer pricing information

    Value for money

    4.5

    /5

    247

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    Pricing options

    Free plan
    Subscription
    Free trial
    Pricing range

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    Sawyer features

    Functionality

    4.1

    /5

    247

    Total features

    97

    10 categories

    Most valued features by users

    Reporting & Statistics
    Activity Dashboard
    Reporting/Analytics
    Alerts/Notifications
    Third Party Integrations
    Course Management
    Activity Tracking
    Blended Learning

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    Sawyer users reviews

    Overall Rating

    4.6

    /5

    247

    Positive reviews

    Rating breakdown
    • Value for money
    • Ease of use
    • Features
    • Customer support
    • Likelihood to recommend8.63/10
    Rating distribution

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    165

    64

    14

    2

    2

    Pros
    Customer service is very responsive and friendly. Color scheme/design of software is nice.

    MT

    Morgan T.

    Love the comprehensive scheduling capabilities and the way it works with my website.

    GA

    Genie A.

    I love their prompt replies to help requests. They are easy to work with and overall the platform is easy to use.

    SM

    Sofia M.

    Cons
    I am confused as to why we have to set up an activity AND a camp or semester.

    FM

    Fonda M.

    The reports that you are able to run are useless. Parents should be able to register and select check or homeschool funds.

    JB

    Jaimee B.

    I noticed that, when I added a few more weeks to an existing semester, a few random classes were displayed as cancelled. This happened immediately after I added the weeks.

    FJ

    Freny J.

    Overall rating contenders

    Overall Rating

    Sawyer has made my life easier!

    Reviewed a year ago

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Very easy to use and adds a professional look to my website

    Reviewed 3 years ago
    Pros

    1. I love that HiSawyer is specific to use for children activities and classes. I tried other booking plugins or websites that were a "one size fits all" (appointments for nail salon or doctor's office) and well... they didn't quite fit for my business. For instance, HiSawyer allows the possibility to see the age and birthdate of the kids, having an "older sibling discount", adding semesters or multiple...

    Cons

    I really love everything about it. If I had to really look for perfection: it would be awesome if there was an app. It might be just me, but checking it from mobile can be a little bit frustrating sometimes. Nothing out of this world, not bugs or errors, just think about checking social media from a web browser in your phone. But other than that, I love this!

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    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    Reviewed 3 years ago

    We are solving are registration process by using Sawyer. Originally, we were using about 6 different spreadsheets that were all complicated on their own level. Because of this, the registration process became very lengthy because parents couldn't register on their own but instead, they had to register with me, an individual, and would have to wait for a process to be completed in order to move forward with registration. This became extremely difficult because one individual registering over 500+ students is not an easy task.

    Pros

    I like how easy it is to manage and use. Our clients seem to enjoy it as well since it allows them a lot of accessibility and privacy especially when registering. I also appreciate all of the options that we can do for creating camps and classes. Overall, there are a lot of options that we can do for our programs now that we have Sawyer.

    Cons

    Because of how easy the program is to use, there are some options that we would appreciate having but do not have yet. For one, it would be nice to have the ability to send out receipts to clients on the financials page if we were to increase their balance or charge them through there. It would also be nice to have a notes section on the financials page so that our accountant and I don't have to look...

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    • Likelihood to recommend7/10

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    Great product! Still working out some bugs

    Reviewed 2 months ago

    Class management was the biggest thing I needed help with, and it's amazing at that! There are still some bugs or feature requests that haven't happened, but I hope they'll come soon!

    Pros

    Easy to set up and get started. Ease of use, most things are pretty instinctual. The automatic charging is fantastic! Class management is SO MUCH easier with this system!

    Cons

    No way to cancel all future payments, so have to go in one by one.

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    • Likelihood to recommend2/10

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    Accounting and Payouts are not transparent

    Reviewed a year ago

    While I appreciate the ability to imbed registration on our website, there is no way to track click rates, their customer service is not at all educated on the software and we've gotten responses on average 3 weeks after the initial question is asked! Poor customer service, micropayouts are not transparent, and the cost for ticket items more than 70 usd is more expensive than eventbrite. Unfortunately I can not recommend this platform!

    Pros

    It can be imbedded on your website. Visually it is appealing to the purchaser.

    Cons

    Instead of paying out event registration income once, after the event, or one time at the end of each month, they pay out micro payments every 3 days. This renders keeping your checks and balances almost impossible, and we are currently paying extra payroll hours for our accountant to tally up each payment (We are talking about payouts as small as $1.25, when we are receiving as much as 10K a month with their platform). Can you imagine your accountant adding up all of those micropayments to hit 10K? It equates to hours of work. The whole process does not at all match industry standards and is very unrealistic for companies to handle. It's a hidden expense that makes the platform not worth the use.

    Vendor response

    I am so sorry that you had a less than stellar experience at Sawyer, that is never our intent nor our goal. We continue to evolve our products because of feedback like this and would love to connect on how we can improve if you're open to it.

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    • Likelihood to recommend10/10

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    Best value and stupid simple!

    Reviewed 3 months ago

    Amazing!!! Best customer service and feature updates for the price!

    Pros

    The software is SO easy to use! When you’re setting it up and training other employees it’s easy to see that it’s hard to mess anything up!

    Cons

    No Point of sale feature available. We still pay for another 3rd party software for this part

    Sawyer FAQs and common questions

    Q. What type of pricing plans does Sawyer offer?

    Sawyer has the following pricing plans:
    Pricing model: Subscription
    Free Trial: Available | (No Credit Card required)


    Q. Who are the typical users of Sawyer?

    Sawyer has the following typical customers:
    Freelancers, Large Enterprises, Mid Size Business, Non Profit, Public Administrations, Small Business


    Q. What languages does Sawyer support?

    Sawyer supports the following languages:
    English


    Q. Does Sawyer support mobile devices?

    Sawyer supports the following devices:
    Android, iPad, iPhone


    Q. Does Sawyer offer an API?

    No, Sawyer does not have an API available.


    Q. What other apps does Sawyer integrate with?

    Sawyer integrates with the following applications:
    Wix, Constant Contact, Google Analytics 360, Zapier, WordPress, Stripe, Squarespace, Meta for Business, Mailchimp


    Q. What level of support does Sawyer offer?

    Sawyer offers the following support options:
    Email/Help Desk, Chat, Phone Support, FAQs/Forum, Knowledge Base

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