Congratulations! You have grown your business to the point where you are considering or already have employees. This is a huge feat. How are you currently managing their time? Do you have a system in place to track your labor costs or even a goal per day as to how much you would like to spend based on a ROI projection? Well, if you do not, but would like to, then the MakeShift app may be for you.
I recently downloaded the app for free and took it on a test run. Basically you start out by inputting your employees names and email addresses. You can assign them a "department", so if you have different aspects of your business associated with different labor costs, this is helpful. For example, if you have someone who proofreads for you at a different rate than someone who does extensive copy editing, you have the ability to create different labor categories for them.
The app walks you through everything as well as setting a goal for your labor costs. This will vary by industry 15 to 30% of your gross profits may be a good benchmark, but do your research on your particular industry with the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are also some great articles on Reddit and smallbusinesschron.com.
You have the ability to set up available work that needs to be completed by assigning a time frame the work is available to be completed. This information feeds into your labor cost data so don't go crazy and create a shift that lasts for a week! You want to have accurate data on how much you are spending per project.
Once you set up an employee, they receive an email from the app prompting them to download(. This download should be available on all platforms.) Once they download, they are able to select the time frame they are available to work. If there is an open shift in their department for the time they are available, they can request that time frame. You are notified, through the app or by email immediately.
This app is great for an entreprenuer attempting to manage a small staff of employees. It will assist you at becoming more efficient and tracking your spending as it relates to your effort, output and sales. This app is definitely worth a free download.