An employee scheduler isn’t actually a person who schedules your employees. It’s software, and it can save you hours every week.

Homebase offers a free employee scheduler, with a few added bells and whistles that can really save you time. One business owner called it, “the assistant manager I don’t have to pay!”

Put another way, employee scheduling software frees up your managers to focus on other priorities. Things that’ll actually help grow your business and delight your customers.  Here’s how:

Managing Labor Costs and Staffing Levels

You’ll see your projected sales (based on past data), weather forecasts, labor costs, and team availabilities all in one place when you’re building your schedule, so you can plan for the right level of staffing.

If you’re an ice cream shop, for example, you may want to staff lightly on a rainy day, and by switching to scheduling software instead of a paper schedule template, you’ll have that added flexibility.

And so will your team — as things come up, they can update their availabilities in real-time, and even trade shifts (with manager approval). This is especially useful if you’ve got a lot of younger employees with schedules that change often.

Save Hours on Scheduling and Payroll

Perhaps the most immediate change you’ll notice is how much more time you have every week. Most business owners and managers we’ve talked to spend about four or five hours per week on scheduling, and another four or five hours on payroll.

After switching to an employee scheduler like Homebase, you can get both scheduling and payroll done in about half an hour. The software takes care of checking for time card errors and making sure the scheduled and worked hours match for every employee, so you can be sure they’re getting paid accurately.

What’s more, with the free mobile apps, your team can also check their hours and even get an estimate of how much they’ll be making.

And perhaps best of all? The core scheduling, time tracking, and team communication features are completely free, and publishing your first schedule takes just a few minutes.