Technology is a major part of being a business owner or manager in the 21st century. So much so that many owners are creating their own restaurant business apps to aid their customers in ordering. But consider this: is developing your own app worth it? There are dozens, if not hundreds, of phone and tablet-based apps already out there. How you can get this technology to work specifically for your business is the trick.
You can incorporate existing restaurant business apps to improve your personal working experience as a restaurant owner. And even if they aren’t designed specifically for restaurants, there are many apps in the market at least applicable to the food industry — and most are available for little to no cost.
It’s important to know what new tech tricks are out on the market that can help you better do your job. However, it’s just as important to be careful when pick the technology you invest in for your life as an owner or manager, including choosing restaurant business apps.
Here are six ways restaurant business apps might be just what you need to drive up efficiency — and ultimately profits.
If you’re having trouble keeping track of orders, invoices, and deliveries, having an inventory app like BlueCart could be just what you need. It manages supplier orders, tracks deliveries, and even manages your inventory. You can order right from the inventory app itself, and when the delivery comes, you can document any damaged or incorrect items for the order.
Juggling Social Media
Social media has certainly become an important element to restaurant marketing over the last decade. Apps like Hootsuite and Sprout allow you to manage various social media accounts from just one platform, while managing the amount of time you put into the effort. You can schedule tweets and posts ahead of time, review social media analytics, and cross-post easily, giving you time back to handle other pressing business needs.
Checking Off Your To-do List
One challenge restaurant managers and owners face is tackling their various to-do items. Wunderlist is a planning app that offers various ways to organize your tasks and goals. If you have multiple managers or team leaders at your restaurant, you can also get a synced version of Wunderlist for your whole team — you can assign roles, set deadlines, and send messages to your team all through the app.
Managing Employee Schedules
There are a lot of options on the internet for handling schedules. The nice thing about Zip Schedules is that it’s easy to copy and paste past shifts as you’re setting up similar upcoming ones. This can save you the time of putting them in manually. The app Sling offers customized views so you can easily organize shifts as you go. And because your employees can download these apps onto their own devices, they’ll immediately get notifications and messages if schedules are changed. That way, you’re all on the same page no matter what happens.
Scanning Business Documents
Do you have tons of documents and files from your many years in business? You know you need to upload them onto your computer for safe keeping, and apps like Scannable and TurboScan could be what you need. They offer easy ways to upload clear, high-quality scans of your most important information right onto your computer. Scannable made by the same people behind the note-taking app Evernote, which allows for connecting the two apps.
Curating Industry Research
You want to keep up with the news surrounding the food industry as well as the current events of the world. But it’s tough when there’s just so much news out there — it can be information overload! You run a business and can’t let yourself get distracted to the point of running behind on your tasks, right?
Feedly is a way to curate and moderate the news and information you get on any given day. It allows you to see only the stuff you want to see and pull up any interesting news piece right in one place. You can also use it to set up keyword alerts about your own restaurant — if anyone is writing about your business online, Feedly will let you know.
While all of these apps are inherently useful, keep in mind that some of them might fit with your situation better than others. You want to streamline your workflow, not get cluttered by technology. Don’t ever feel like you have to jump on the new hot tech trend if you can’t actually imagine it being a benefit to you as a restaurateur.
That being said, if you find apps or other technology that fit your needs to a T, don’t be afraid to dive in and use it. The right tech investment could be a game changer for your business.
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