Time management is never more important than in the restaurant business, whether you manage a food cart, brick-and-mortar restaurant, or a pod of food trucks. Restaurant owners who don’t have good organization and systems in place to manage all the moving parts could quickly find themselves drowning in missed orders, low inventory, irregular staff schedules, or lacking key ingredients and supplies. And if you use Square to manage your payments, there are ways to integrate it with other apps.
Getting a better handle on time management allows restaurant entrepreneurs to put their focus back on growing their business. Luckily, there are a plethora of time-saving apps out there designed to help you manage staff schedules, update menu prices, and track orders. Here’s the rundown:
Control + Square
With Control as the leading business intelligence solution for Square businesses, and Square offering an easy-to-use point of sale system and aggregated insights and management of daily operations, key sales items, and location, performance has never been easier or quicker.
Using Square frees restaurant owners up to manage their businesses and interact with customers, while the Square solution allows them to swipe credit cards without an Internet connection, print kitchen tickets, receipts, and order stubs, and customize taxes and tipping. Combining the power of this POS system with Control means that all data capturing is done for you, freeing up still more time to focus on growing your restaurants.
Manage your sales in real time with Control’s payment data aggregation and transaction analytics engine. Track and manage all Square sales and online orders (for multiple accounts and multiple locations if desired) from one dashboard, without having to manually consolidate Square reports.
This scheduling tool is described by Top Ten Reviews as “the best employee scheduling software on the market.” Restaurant and kitchen managers simply spend too much time each week trying to organize and negotiate their staff schedules. With so many people, constant requests, and varying staff needed for peak and slow hours, scheduling can be a puzzle and take way too much time to accomplish.
Homebase organizes the scheduling process with a user-friendly drag and drop scheduling interface, enables managers and employees to check their scheduled shifts from anywhere (employees are sent a notification by app, text, or email as soon as the schedule is created), and implements seamlessly with payroll as hours, breaks, and overtime are automatically logged and added up. It’s like your mobile assistant manager!
It’s a smart scheduling tool because it will show managers the daily schedule at a glance and automatically identify any errors or no-shows. It works for multiple locations and handles other common employee situations (such as time-off request and last minute schedule changes), all from your mobile phone.
This is an all-in-one restaurant inventory management system designed to streamline back-of-house restaurant operations. Although Square also has some inventory tracking features and can send low stock alerts as well as update stock with each sale, SimpleOrder enables you to get way more detailed.
Most restaurant owners are all too familiar with this drill: pick up the phone, call each supplier, find out they’re out of items, call the kitchen manager, call the supplier back, wait on hold… you get the point. Calling each supplier to place an order is time-consuming and inefficient!
BOH applications like SimpleOrder make it so restaurant managers can place all their orders in one easy-to-access place, keep their staff up-to-date on the transparent platform, have all their invoices stored in one place, and reduce ordering time by at least half. It’s incredibly helpful to use a tool like this to streamline your restaurant inventory management.
Updating menu items is another task that can be incredibly time-consuming. If the price of one menu ingredient increases, that means the entire dish has to be recalculated for the percentage of the more expensive item that is used in the dish, and the dish must be repriced accordingly. Most restaurant owners simply don’t do this because it is so tedious and time-consuming, and end up losing money as a result.
SimpleOrder can also help with this task by integrating purchases, inventory and menu prices into one system. So if one ingredient is updated, all food costs will be updated, and you will be alerted to any price discrepancies.