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5 Apps every restaurant owner must have in the Year 2017

There are over 2.8 million apps in the Google Playstore and over 2.2 million apps in the App Store. The average smartphone owner downloads between 2 and 3 apps per month. Right from productivity, entertainment, education, food & drinks, to networking, there are so many options to choose from. We have always been an advocate of ‘less is more’ and therefore against owning too many apps. Multiple apps can be distracting and can reduce your productivity level without you even realising it. But if there are 5 Apps  every restaurant owner or a manager must have this year, this list is it.

Room Planner – design App

Apps for Restuarants | Planning

Apps every restaurant owner must have

This app is the ultimate for owners who cannot visualise without a design in front of them. Suitable for new restaurants or those who are planning to renovate, this app begins with a blueprint design that you can adjust based on your current room size.Add elements to your room such as furniture, appliances, light fixtures, and other pieces you may require and all of these are inbuilt in the app. See how your restaurant will look like before engaging a contractor to work. This way you will be able to achieve exactly what you want in your restaurant.

Get Room Planner on IOS or Android

Freshbooks – Accounting App

Accounting software | mobile apps

Managing your accounts has never been this easy, thanks to Freshbooks. This cloud-based accounting solution helps small businesses to large ones manage their accounts right from their pocket. Why call in a bookkeeper when you can use an app to take care of it for you? Restaurant owners often tell us that they don’t have time to spend in front of their computer and would rather service their customers at their restaurant. Considering that you prefer to hit the floor, let the app help you manage your accounts on the go.

Get Freshbooks on IOS or Android.

RescueTime – Time Management App

Restaurant apps | Time Management Software

Do you complain that 24 hours in a day is not enough? Wish you had more time to think, plan, or even step out doing your purchase? You are not alone. We all wish we had more hours in the day. But the truth is, there are only 24 hours. What if you can find out what is that you are doing wrong to improve your productivity instead of wishing for longer days or nights? RescueTime helps you find out where you’re wasting time in a day by tracking your daily digital habits. It will tell you where you are spending time the most in a day and knowing your digital time spend will help you cut down on time spent on apps or websites that hamper your productivity. Cool isn’t it?

Get RescueTime on Android.

7Shifts

Scheduling Software | Mobile Apps

This employee scheduling software can reduce your labor cost up to 2%. Creating schedules can be one of the most complicated tasks of restaurant management. Using auto-scheduling and custom shift templates, this app builds a schedule based on staff availability and weekly shift requirements. Restaurant owners can now manage their staff in the office, on-the-go, or from home. This app also allows you to send group texts and emails to ensure everyone is kept in the loop. Talk about easy communication.

Get 7Shifts on IOS or Android

Swapp – For easy order & takeaways

Food ordering Software | mobile apps | Home delivery

Swapp helps small and medium restaurants have their own app in a few minutes. This is especially useful for restaurants who take a high number of orders through the telephone. Swapp’s ready template will increase business productivity with workflows that are comparable to that of high-end restaurants. It has a host of functions such as live update of the menu, loyalty points system, multiple admin access, analytics on inventory, etc. What more?  It also helps restaurants retain their customers. The app is free for end users to download. Restaurants pay as less as the cost of a taxi ride to own their very own app.

Get Swapp on iOS or Android.

Exchanging Business Cards – Go Away from Paper, Retain the Gesture

There are 10 Billion Business Cards printed in the US annually. 88 percent of the Business Cards that are handed out gets thrown away in less than a week. Yet, 57 percent of those who were surveyed feel that having business cards is essential to their business.

It isn’t the physical card but the art of exchange that people are not willing to let go. There is something about this time warped tradition of exchange and seeing a person’s information represented in a graphic form. Swapping the card leads to an icebreaker at meetings and helps one remember whom and when they met.

If you are like me, you would remember the time when you held your first business card. The culmination of your entire life till then, in preparation for that career start you wanted, all symbolised in that neat little rectangular piece of paper. Business cards have a long history and existed in all parts of the world. But its the 20th century that cemented its role in the world of business. The act of exchanging these cards itself is a serious act. In some parts of the world the exchange is a ritual by itself.

One would think that in 2017, with self-driving cars, auto-piloted personal drones and AI taking control, these pieces of card would have disappeared. But it has lingered on. You would probably be carrying a few on you, right now. Tree huggers would note that it takes almost one whole mature tree to print the name cards an active sales man would use in his lifetime. Why has name cards survived? Why hasn’t the smart brains of the tech world, disrupted this age old practice?

business card exchange | digital business card

The answer is blowing in the wind. Not really. I just got carried away. The fact is that many did. Or came close to, like the popular app called CardMunch – acquired by LinkedIn in 2011 for a neat $2.4M. They rode well on the 135 Million strong LinkedIn member base then. More dramatic than that was Bump, an app that came out in 2009, a crowd puller with its interesting manner of connecting people with a physical gesture – one had to ‘bump’ their phone with that of the person they needed to connect or share documents with. Bump was picked up by Google in 2013 for a cool $30M. And there are many digital business card  providers, like BizCard – a personal favourite.

The point I am making is that none of these has had that virality big enough to place it as an ubiquitous application on every phone – a la FaceBook or WhatsApp. Certainly not to the point where one could confidently leave his cards home before leaving to a trade fair. You just cannot expect everyone to have a digital card exchange app, at least not one compatible to the one you have subscribed to.

The reasons attributed to the early demise of some of these ‘would have been game changers’ are many, but a simple lateral analysis of the history of these – given that some of them were bankrolled by deep pockets – can only lead to one conclusion – User Engagement.

This is where the card apps failed to achieve its universal appeal.

A traveling Salesman living on trade fairs, might have to pull out his business card a few times in any given day, but for others, that would be a gesture that is repeated fewer times. Much fewer. The card apps are therefore relegated to as less frequently used and eventually it gets killed. Further, for the more traditional users, the simple act of exchanging cards and taking time to appreciate it, is still cherished. A quick click to exchange a CSV file would not give that necessary pause.

While exchanging cards can be digital, it is the utility of the app beyond exchange that make it stick. If the act can mimic that of a traditional exchange then it would be just awesome. That’s the beauty of Swapp.

Swapp is an app platform that not only enables exchanging of digital business cards in its true graphic form but also helps the user to do much more in his routine life.

Users can use it as a platform to open individual apps of businesses that matter to them in their daily life, from one place. Order food from their favourite restaurant, do takeaways, buy grocery, book appointments with their doctor, view their kid’s class schedules, receive daily thoughts from their church, so on and so forth. Bringing in that engagement factor is what that would make an app desirable for the users. Quite possibly the one that you would reach for, the next time you want to exchange your business card.

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