Customer story: GG’s BBQ and Catering


GG’s BBQ specializes in authentic southern barbecue in an unlikely location: Colorado.

Lonnie started GG’s BBQ in the corner of a gas station in 2007. Since then, he’s built a catering operation and expanded the restaurant twice.

The problem

GG’s BBQ faced a problem every business is lucky to have: they were growing very quickly. That means Lonnie was also outgrowing his original employee scheduling solution.

“We started with a time clock. That entailed buying time cards. Then sitting down every 14 days with a stack of time cards, running military time and converting it into minutes. Every payroll, which we ran bi-weekly, would take approximately 4 hours to complete.”

Lonnie’s complex scheduling needs were complicated further by the needs of GG’s young staff: “I have a lot of high school and college kids on the schedule. They’ve got school and clubs, so we work around those schedules too.”

Eventually, Lonnie tried to simplify scheduling by using a spreadsheet template he found online, but that didn’t save much time. “If I input the numbers off of the time cards, it would do the calculating for me, but I still had to go and take each person’s two week time period and enter each day — in, out, in, out. Then I’d have to go do the math and double-check that it was adding hours and minutes correctly to make sure I was paying the employees the right amount.”


How Homebase Helped

After choosing a new point of sale system, Lonnie decided to try Homebase, because it integrated perfectly with the new system. “I decided to take a shot in the dark and give it a chance. I did a little reading about it, and I signed up for the free plan to start.”

“Immediately it saved me about 3 hours and 20 minutes every payroll period. It also gave us a huge advantage in writing schedules, posting schedules and being able to communicate with employees.”

And now? According to Lonnie, “I can’t live without Homebase.”


Related posts

How to survive the holidays without seasonal workers

This holiday season, it may be difficult to find seasonal employees. Fortunately, there are a number of things you can…

Read article

How to train restaurant employees the right way

Patrons visit a restaurant to sample the food and enjoy the ambiance. But how they are treated by the staff,…

Read article

How to run your first payroll

Running your first payroll can seem daunting. You’ve already gone through a lot of work to start your business, register…

Read article

Useful tech tools every small business owner should use

As a small business owner, you’re busy. Keeping a pulse on your customer base and tracking revenue and expenses is…

Read article

Everything you need to know about hiring interns

Despite what you might think, hiring interns isn’t reserved exclusively for large corporations. In fact, small business internship programs can…

Read article

How to pay an independent contractor

If you’re looking to hire an independent contractor to do some work for your business, you need to learn how to…

Read article