Short Notice Bookings
So, you may have been wondering what it means to have short notice available for booking. When I first started with VIPKid, I opened up a bajillion slots and had them ALL open for short notice. Well, that backfired on me big time. My very first booking was a short notice booking… for 4:00 am. Uh oh! Unfortunately, I slept right through the class. So, my first ever booked class was a teacher no show. I was humiliated and very upset with myself. But, I learned my lesson! So, once I really understood what a short notice booking was, I changed my availability for it.
So… what exactly is a SHORT NOTICE BOOKING?
When you open up your availability for short notice bookings, that means that you are allowing a parent to book you with as little as one hour’s notice. For example, if you have short notice slots open starting at 6:00 a.m., a parent can book that 6:00 a.m. slot up until 5:00 a.m. If you’re up by that time every day, then I would say to GO FOR IT! Open up those short notice slots; however, if you enjoy sleeping in a little, I’d hold off on opening it as short notice.
For me, I have slots open beginning at 5:00 a.m.; however, I do not allow the short notice option until 6:00 a.m. That way, I will know for sure the night before if I will be teaching at 5:00 the next morning. If you do have flexibility to your morning/night/schedule, I’d definitely have the short notice option selected. If a parent books you under the 24 hour window and you teach the class successfully, you get an extra $2… and those $2 incentives add up! It also allows for more opportunities for you to be booked in general. It’s worth it if you can make it work for your schedule; however, don’t allow for that option if it will cause too much stress or adjusting to your schedule for the rest of the day. Some days, I do not allow short notice— that’s the beauty of this! YOU get to make your own schedule!