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HotSchedules vs. Homebase

Which has better employee management software for restaurants?

Guisados Los Angeles, CA
Homebase Customer

“Homebase shines as the best employee scheduling software on the market. It is easy to use for both managers and employees, and it provides both you and your staff the tools you need to easily communicate and keep track of upcoming shifts.”

What Sets Homebase Apart from HotSchedules

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Predictable, Transparent Pricing

Homebase has clear pricing on our website.  HotSchedules hides behind a two-week free trial and doesn’t publish their prices on their website. HotSchedules is a quote-priced system, so each restaurant must determine their price with a salesperson.  With Homebase, you know what you are getting and what price you are paying.

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Seriously Cheaper

HotSchedules is frequently used by full-service chains and comes with a price tag only the largest businesses can afford.  With 30 employees on HotSchedules, you’ll likely receive a quote of $40 per month per location.  For Homebase, you’ll get the basic employee scheduling, time tracking and team communication tools for free, and you can upgrade for advanced functionality for as little as $20 per month.

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Free Mobile Apps for Your Employees

Homebase never charges employees for our iOS and Android mobile apps. By contrast, HotSchedules charges employees $3 to use their mobile app, so many employees don’t use it and, as a result, may not receive schedule changes, shift reminders, and other critical updates.

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Powerful (Free) Integrations

Homebase has a drag-and-drop schedule builder that is modern and easy-to-use.  HotSchedules is known to be less sleek, with a poorly organized user interface weighed down by too many bells and whistles that go unused.

Feature by Feature Comparison

Employee Scheduling
Time Sheets
Labor Cost Reporting
Team Communication
Free Employee Mobile Apps
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(for 30 employees)


(for 30 employees)
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“We switched to Homebase after trying a couple other scheduling and time management apps. The other apps we tried were getting expensive and limiting as we continue to grow.”

Armando De La Torre Jr.

Los Angeles, CA

  • Overall 5
  • Ease of Use 5
  • Customer Service 5

  • Overall 4
  • Ease of Use 4
  • Customer Service 4
Source: Capterra Reviews

Feature comparison made based on public information available on and as of August 17, 2017.