5 Must-Have Apps for the Successful Restaurateur

10.10.2016, Written by Nora Hartman

restaurateurThere are a lot of tasks involved in managing a restaurant business; and whether you’re scheduling a shift, crunching numbers, or accepting a payment, it’s true what they say – there’s an app for that.

Filtering through the many apps on the market, however, can be time-consuming and overwhelming – and how do you know which one will really elevate your game?

You’re in luck, because we’ve narrowed down the search for you. Here are five apps you’ll be grateful to have in your back pocket, to help you maintain smooth sailing at your restaurant.


1.    inDinero

inDinero gives you all the financial information and tools to understand, run, and grow your restaurant business – right at your fingertips. It tracks everything you need to know, even about the smallest transactions at your restaurant. Did someone order the sirloin steak? You can find out exactly how much you made in profits, factoring for the cost of food, employees’ salaries, and overhead costs (like rent). Then, compare it to how much you would have made if that patron had ordered the fettuccine instead.

A true financial asset, inDinero updates your books, files your taxes and helps you take care of payroll. You got into the restaurant business because you care about food and hospitality, not accounting – with inDinero, you can spend less time on your finances, and get more in-depth information to help you choose next week’s special.

2. Field Nation

Need an electrician to fix that light in the washroom? Having an issue with your Wi-Fi router? Want a sign installed, but don’t know where to turn?

Field Nation, easily accessible through your mobile browser, connects independent contractors with businesses to take care of all these jobs and more. It helps you find the right contractor for the job by filtering talent based on criteria like location, skills, and work history – making it easy to submit service requests and keep your restaurant running smoothly. But make sure your project’s freelancer technicians are using the Field Nation app (iOS, Android). This way, projects can be managed efficiently and effectively.

3. Room Planner

You want your restaurant to look perfect, but a complete redesign can be expensive and time-consuming – not to mention the risk that even after the time and money spent, the new design still might not quite meet your needs. Room Planner lets you visualize your interior design by creating realistic floor plans and 3D models in minutes. You can quickly place and arrange rooms, furniture, doors, and windows; plus, you can choose different textures and colors to help you decide – before spending any cash – whether walnut hardwood or blue tile flooring is the way to go.

4. 7shifts

Used by restaurants such as Boston Pizza and Chick-Fil-A, 7shifts is an easy solution to your scheduling woes. It allows you to schedule restaurant employees, approve shift trades, and communicate with staff, all in one easy-to-use app. You can also forecast labor costs against projected sales, to help you operate within your budget.

And if you use TouchBistro as your point-of-sale system, the 7shifts app integrates with TouchBistro for a seamless experience, from scheduling a server to taking a customer’s payment.

5. Instagram

Yes, you’ve heard you’re supposed to be on social media; but if there’s one platform that can take your marketing to the next level, it’s Instagram. Connect with your customers and make it easy for them to create buzz about your food. Consider these ten ways you can use Instagram to market your restaurant.

As a restaurateur, you often play the part of business owner, marketer, bookkeeper, office manager, and chef all rolled into one. These five essential apps can make each one of those roles easier – helping you to run your business more smoothly and profitably, and keep your customers coming back for more.