HotSchedules vs. Homebase
Which has better employee management software for restaurants?
“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.”
Feature by Feature Comparison
|Labor Cost Reporting|
|Free Employee Mobile Apps|
Free(for 30 employees)
$480(for 30 employees)
“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.”
Los Angeles, CA
- Overall 5
- Ease of Use 5
- Customer Service 5
- Overall 4
- Ease of Use 4
- Customer Service 4
Feature comparison made based on public information available on hotschedules.com and joinhomebase.com as of August 17, 2017.
When choosing between Hotschedules and Homebase, it’s clear that while Hotschedules may have an established reputation in employee scheduling and restaurant management software, Homebase is the better answer for your business when it comes to employee management mobile apps for several reasons.
First, Homebase has much more predictable, transparent pricing than Hot Schedules. We take pride in clear pricing for our cloud-based technology on our Homebase 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 speak to a salesperson in order to determine their price. With the Homebase software, you know what you are getting from our outstanding labor management app and what price you are paying for your entire staff.
The Homebase app is also much cheaper than the digital logbook that is Hotschedules.
HotSchedules’ software is frequently used by full-service chains and multi-unit franchises in the restaurant industry and comes with a hefty price tag. With 30 staff members 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. You can upgrade for advanced functionality for as little as $20 per month, no matter how many staff members you have per location.
Speaking of staff members, Homebase never charges employees for our iOS and Android mobile apps. By contrast, HotSchedules charges employees $3 to use their mobile app. Many employees don’t use the scheduling app may not receive critical updates they may have received from their manager.
The Homebase app, however, is popular among staff members who wish to communicate with their team, release shifts, make time off requests and more.
Homebase has a drag-and-drop scheduling system that is modern and easy-to-use. The HotSchedules scheduling process is known to be less sleek. It has a poorly organized user interface weighed down by too many bells and whistles that team members do not use. Why? because they are not necessarily needed for scheduling in the first place.
While you may be thinking Hotschedules is a better labor management solution than Homebase because of the Manager’s Red Book, remember that Homebase has a Manager’s Log as well. It’s a tool for managers to communicate with other managers, track sales, estimated labor, weather, and more, all in one place.
The Homebase platform works well for users in the retail and hospitality industry as well as for users utilizing the platform for restaurant management. Hotschedules has been largely known to be a platform used in the restaurant industry.
According to a comparison from FinancesOnline.com, Homebase scores higher than Hotschedules. This score is based on general quality and performance. We also score higher based on general customer feedback.
When it comes to the number of available features, Homebase has Hotschedules beat as well. For example, both platforms offer time clock capabilities. However, Homebase’s time clock app is much more robust than that of Hotschedules. The free app includes GPS-based clock-ins for your off-site employees. You can even verify their clock-in location on the timesheet.
The time clock app also comes with pin-based entry to allow for a quick clock-in, as well as an offline mode that ensures you won’t lose your time clock just because the internet goes down. It even keeps you compliant with time-clock rules, real-time notifications, and allows you to enforce the schedule and breaks without doing any extra work. The app even takes a picture of your team members as they clock in.