Sawyer Pricing, Features, Reviews & Alternatives

Sawyer

Class management software for kids activity providers

4.57/5 (212 reviews)

Sawyer overview

What is Sawyer?

Sawyer Tools’ all-in-one interface 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.

Educators are also provided with biweekly webinars where our community comes together to learn from each other and industry experts. Past topics have included online classes, user acquisition, digital marketing, financial strategy, and more!

Pricing

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United States

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Sawyer user reviews

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Ara C.

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

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

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 locations, specially because our class doesn't have only one location... Bookings are specific for a kid's class, and it's awesome. 2. Very easy to use! All what can be done in point #1, is very easy to set up! 3. Professional look. Some other plugins I had tried before look very outdated and amateurish. I love HiSawyer fresh and professional design. It's exactly what I was looking for for months until I bumped into HiSawyer.

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 recommend: 10/10

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Jessica C.

Sawyer Review

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2019-07-18
Review Source: Capterra

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 through all of our emails to find information regarding a client but instead have it readily available. Another thing, we would appreciate is if the financials alone had the ability to sort the clients by payment method and etc. And if we move to another page and press the back button, it would be nice to not have to restart but instead just have it still remaining on the clients that we searched for.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Heather S.

Sawyer should be the "GO TO" software for running summer camps and classes

Used weekly for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2021-04-25
Review Source: Capterra

Being brand new to teaching summer camps and kids' classes I am grateful to have found Sawyer. They help me to present my brand professionally and they are affordable.

Pros
It's very easy to use and minimal learning curve. I launched a summer camp for kids and was figuring it out as I went. Sawyer made that easier for me because they had everything in place already including things I hadn't even thought of. Sawyer had all the features I needed and they continue to add more, especially when the pandemic hit and businesses needed to pivot to online classes. Their onboarding couldn't have been easier. Their front-end AND back-end interfaces are modern and "Apple-like" making it easy for me as well as users. The other softwares I tested were outdated and extremely clunky. Their customer service is very helpful.

Cons
I've used the software for going on 2 summers now and I cannot think of anything I don't like. Oh, I wish I was able to embed my Registration page on my website myself but Saywer does it quickly so really not a big deal to me.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Karen (Kate) R.

Accounting and Payouts are not transparent

Used daily for 6-12 months
Reviewed 2021-01-20
Review Source: Capterra

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.

Response from Sawyer


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 recommend: 2/10

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Michelle G.

Sawyer Tools for family

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-04-27
Review Source: Capterra

The customer service is great- my clients would really appreciate an app to register though.

Pros
Customer service, combination of this platform used with others like mail chimp and banking .

Cons
Some of my classes are for adults only and that can be cumbersome to register when they are already set up for their children.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Sawyer pricing

Pricing options
One time license
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Pricing is a per transaction fee

Sawyer features

Attendance Tracking
Communication Management
Reporting/Analytics
Self Service Portal

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Activity Dashboard (260 other apps)
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Asynchronous Learning (177 other apps)
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Content Management (187 other apps)
Course Authoring (177 other apps)
Course Management (186 other apps)
Data Import/Export (194 other apps)
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Progress Reports (206 other apps)
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Reporting & Statistics (281 other apps)
Tests/Assessments (205 other apps)
Third Party Integrations (198 other apps)

Additional information for Sawyer

Key features of Sawyer

  • Class Summary
  • Program Management
  • Online Registration
  • Instructor Management
  • Multi-School Management
  • Customizable User Profiles
  • Filtered Messaging
  • Billing Statements
  • Parent Portal
  • Activity Management
  • Calendar Management
  • Client Portal
  • Communication Management
  • Credit Card Processing
  • Custom Forms
  • Customizable Reporting
  • Document Storage
  • Electronic Payments
  • Employee Management
  • Event Calendar
  • Instant Messaging
  • Referral Tracking
  • Summary Reports
  • Class Scheduling
  • Group Scheduling
  • Event Scheduling
  • Price Management
  • Filtered Views
  • Instructor Scheduling
  • Online Booking Integration
  • Availability Indicator
  • Collaboration Tools
  • Self Service Portal
  • Customer Experience Management
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Benefits

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.