3 apps to help you focus on business growth, not paperwork

Editorial Team

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The following is a guest post by our partners at Davo.

This past year has been a whirlwind, and we’re betting you can’t wait to get back on track. When you’re ready to face your full dining rooms, the busy season, and packed weekends, make sure you are spending your time and energy on what will move your bottom line. No one got into the restaurant business or opened a retail location to spend their time in the back office banging away at paperwork, forms, spreadsheets, or managing their taxes.

You need to focus your energy and talents on cooking your best food, making your best products, and serving your community. Why do we chug along and waste our skills on tasks that can be easily automated? Consider using your point-of-sale system (POS) as your back-office assistant.

Clover does so much more than act as a cash register and till. You can search the Clover App Market and install apps, just like you do on your phone, to make running your business easier. In your personal life, you likely use apps to make your life better. Now you can do the same for your business.

Here are three apps you should consider installing right now:

1. Scheduling

It is time to get rid of the printed sheets of paper, whiteboards, verbal commitments, emails, and spreadsheets. A scheduling app can help you easily manage your schedule, collect availability from your employees, communicate with your team, and let them easily switch shifts. The popular suite of apps by Homebase can manage all of these things and more. It even syncs with your payroll service to send them information when it is time to run payroll. 

2. Payroll

Gusto is a full-service payroll app that can complete your payroll in minutes and syncs with Homebase’s suite. It can also file your local, state, and federal payroll taxes for you, and you can use it to collect and store all of your employee I9s, W2s, and 1099s.

3. Collecting, filing, and paying sales tax

We might have some bias, but we think businesses get zero benefit from managing their own sales tax. Keeping the state’s funds can cause lumpy cashflow issues or mistakes, and late filings get expensive quickly. DAVO puts sales tax on autopilot. Each day we automatically set aside the necessary sales tax funds from your receipts, then file and pay them to the state right when they’re due—without you having to do anything. It’s a no-brainer.

We want you to be focused on growing your business and serving your staff and community. We want you to be efficient, and technology can help you get your valuable time back. Automating these three specific items is a great place to start. They’re easy to set up and can get you immediate results!

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