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Running a Business in Hospitality, from an iPad

Managing Expenses:

Doing expenses can be such a hassle – track purchases as they happen with Expensify by syncing the app with credit cards and bank accounts. The app creates a complete document view of all spending that users can email (via PDF) directly to their company.

Customer reservations:

You need software for taking bookings. Today’s generation prefers not to do so using their phones, opting instead to book online. Because of this, it’s worth taking a look at liveRES (which is part of the Zonal Family). By paying a flat monthly fee (no cover charges or month-end surprises), you’ll gain access to 24/7 reservations and automated table management. LiveRES is customized to your business specifications and allows customers to make table reservations directly on your website, giving you access to valuable customer data.

Your Point-of-Sale:

Having a way to take card payments is key. iZettle has a specific, feature-rich electronic point-of-sale, designed specifically for hospitality businesses, allowing you to accept card and contactless payments with ease, “without having to deal with contracts, monthly fees or bankers in pinstripe suits.” iZettle’s fully functioning till system has an advantage over more traditional cash registers, which are often more expensive, meaning more savings (and space) for your business.

Time & Attendance / HR

The highest cost for your business, at typically 30% -35% of turnover, will be staff. They’ll also be the most difficult to replace, particularly post Brexit for anyone in the UK. Therefore, it’s crucial to have a management system that can help facilitate employee retention. Bias aside, we believe Bizimply is a no-brainer. Bizimply features online scheduling, allowing you to create and cost employee rotas in minutes (which you can then send directly to your employees via the MyZimply app). The software also manages staff clocking, HR, time-Off, task management, and reports sales figures for full financial visibility into revenue VS labour cost. To see how Bizimply can benefit your business, click here to access your free demo.

A method to manage food inventory:

Following labour, food and beverages will be a restaurant’s biggest cost. A typical restaurant is going to spend between 25% and 35% of its turnover on these, so it is critical to have a robust inventory management system in place. SimpleOrder is an all-in-one platform designed specifically for restaurants to optimise their operations, with features including online purchasing, real-time food and menu costing, vendor relationship management, and inventory tracking.

Social Media:

Social media posting is of paramount importance to a modern business ESPECIALLY in hospitality. However, it can take time and not every business can afford to pay for a Social media coordinator.

For €19 p/month, Hootsuite offers:

  • Auto scheduling
  • Real-time analytics
  • Find content with unlimited RSS integrations
  • Social sweepstakes & lead capture campaigns

Used by businesses, brands, and ambassadors worldwide; Hootsuite know what they are doing when it comes to all things social.

Running an offsite catering business?

Running off-site catering from your restaurant could be lucrative, but also risks being complex. It’s worth looking into Spoonfed, software built to simply this process. You can save time with integrated online ordering (where the details of orders flow seamlessly through the system automatically), and boost profits by cutting out costly mistakes and handling more orders with less effort. You can also manage production planning, delivery scheduling, client management, billing and much more.

Some atmosphere!

Soundtrack Business is a music streaming service for businesses. It’s built by Soundtrack Your Brand, a Spotify-backed company founded in 2013 to help businesses enhance the customer experience with music. Their soundtracks are designed for business and continuously updated to prevent customer and staff listening fatigue.

Unlike Spotify Premium, Soundtrack Business is licensed for business & includes PRO fees (ASCAP, BMI etc) in U.S. & Canada. Starting at €34.99 per location per month, it isn’t too harsh on your pocket and they offer a free trial to see if it’s for you. Sign up here.

So forget your notebooks, filing cabinets, even go full-rockstar and throw your desktop out the window; and manage your operations entirely from your iPad!

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