Microsoft Excel SUCKS for Restaurant Scheduling

... Use TimeForge for FREE

"I reviewed probably 10 Web-based and 5 or so computer-based solutions. We were most attracted initially to TimeForge for how easy it was to understand and implement."

Managing employee schedules and labor costs in the restaurant industry has never been easier. Our free restaurant scheduling software is for single-location restaurants with up to twenty-five employees.

"It is time consuming to have to hound down your associates for their days available and when they are not available, not too mention when they want to swap shifts. TimeForge makes this painless by allowing these associates to do this from the comfort of their home."

Scheduling software that makes your life easier

Designed for Independent Restaurant Owners

TimeForge Scheduling is now FREE

Web-based scheduling software will reduce your turnover and increase your profits!

"Scheduling for our restaurant with three shifts 7 days a week is a daunting managerial task. The Timeforge scheduling system has not only increased our efficiency tremendously; decreased the errors in what is normally an error prone environment; it has also saved us ten times what it costs us each month."

FREE - What's the catch?

There is no catch! We've been building software for restaurants for half a decade - with some amazing results (we saved a single QSR location almost $300,000 last year) ... and we know that to compete as an independent or a franchisee you need tools. The same tools that the chains have. Smart tools. Tools that make you and your business smarter and faster - a leaner operation.

And, you need to have data - data to make good decisions. Data about who was on the schedule, who showed up, who didn't show up, what your labor costs are supposed to be, and which staff members are pulling their weight.

With Excel, this data is hard to find, hard to use, and impossible to comprehend. What does a green cell mean? What does it mean that your closing manager added a "C" to a shift? You need software designed for restaurant scheduling to make your life easier.

You need free restaurant scheduling software that provides you with the power and flexibility you need to get done, and get home! Our number one goal is to make your life as a restaurant owner easier. Here's how:
  • Efficiency is a top priority - Usefulness is key. We build software that does what you need and nothing you don't.
  • Clarity is king - Our simple software is clear and easy to use.
  • The basics are beautiful - We never overlook what really matters. The basics. Great service, ease of use, and respect for our customers time and trust.
  • No hidden fees - Free Restaurant Scheduling Software says it all in the title.
  • Software should be easy - Our products are intuitive. You'll pick them up in seconds or minutes, not hours, days or weeks. That's why we don't sell you training or set up fees - cause you don't need it!
  • Long term contracts are obscene - It's no fun being locked into something that you don't want anymore. Our customers can cancel at any time, no questions asked. No setup or termination fees either! It's free!

Read More About TimeForge ...

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Save Time with TimeForge!

We believe managers should be on the floor, working with employees and customers - not stuck in the office trying to schedule labor. With TimeForge, requests, availability, and schedules are archived forever, and can be viewed from any computer with Internet access.


Staff have access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, all year!!

Fast, Reliable, Hassle-Free

Since TimeForge is hosted on our safe, fast, and reliable web servers, you don't need to worry about a thing. All you need is a web browser and an internet connection to access your schedules.


No programs to install or maintain!

Stop Using Excel!

Restaurant Labor Management Tips

There are many reasons not to use Excel - it's a horrible tool for staff scheduling - but here are a few:
  1. It's time consuming! On average, it takes almost 4 HOURS per WEEK to schedule your restaurant in Microsoft Excel. That's 10% of a 40 hours work week! With TimeForge, you can build a schedule in minutes.
  2. You or your manager needs to be onsite to edit the schedule. How frustrating is it to have to drive into your restaurant to make a quick change?
  3. Multiple pages can create frustration and documents can be easily lost. So quit paying for Excel through lost profit - because all it's doing is making your life harder!
  4. Excel can be edited by a manager in no specific format. This can create confusing translations between schedulers and employees because the schedule format may be different from a different manager, or employer. If employees can not easily read the schedule they may be late to a shift or may not even show up. This, creates obvious problems.
  5. Employees don't know when they work unless they call you. There's not an easy way to distribute the schedule with Excel.
  6. Using Microsoft Excel scheduling templates doesn't work well - how are you tracking availability? Staff requests? No shows? Color coding? How do you know when a change was made, or who made the change? You cannot tell, and it sucks. Use software designed for the task - TimeForge Scheduling.
  • Manage the work schedule and your attendance
  • Remember: employees are assets, not liabilities
  • Avoid fines and overtime
  • Use attendance to pay your payroll
  • Manage your staff properly
  • Use scheduling tools
TimeForge's AutoScheduler Easily Notify Employees Track Labor Costs
Build schedules quickly using availability, requests, and your business requirements.
Notify Employees
Instantly notify employees of schedule changes through email and text messaging.
Targeted Reports
Quickly compare theoretical and actual costs to keep track of your labor costs.

What's in the package?

TimeForge Scheduling Free includes all of this (and some more):

  • Track employees and positions (job codes)
  • Staff portal for your employees so they can see their schedules online
  • Access to our Facebook application!
  • Track your labor costs by position, employee or by day or week
  • Build schedules of any length - monthly, weekly, daily, or bi-weekly
  • Copy a previous schedule to next week in two clicks
  • Email messages and reminders for staff members about upcoming schedules
  • Record employee time off or change staff member availability
  • Staff members can swap shifts with manager approval
  • One location ... additional locations can be added by upgrading to TimeForge Scheduling
  • Up to 25 employees ... additional staff members can be added by upgrading to TimeForge Scheduling

Who Uses TimeForge?

Thousands of restaurant, bar, and club owners, operators, and managers are using TimeForge! Other similar businesses such as bakeries, caterers, retail businesses, realty companies, and food service manufacturers are also using TimeForge to assist with their workforce scheduling needs.

Easy and Fast Scheduling

TimeForge features an advanced AutoScheduler™ system which can build a complete schedule in seconds. Schedules can be visualized in many different ways, and employees are automatically notified of schedule changes through the website, e-mail, and text messaging.

Reduce Employee Turnover!

Turnover is a huge problem in our industry. With TimeForge, employees know when they are working (web, email, and text message notifications), can request time off, swap shifts, and change their availability directly from the website. Happy employees stay with their current employer!

Safe, Private, Secure

Your TimeForge account is password protected and safe from prying eyes. Employees can have their own username and password and can access TimeForge to retrieve schedules, make schedule requests, and swap shifts with other employees. Employees cannot view other employee or manager account information. TimeForge is secured with SSL encryption, just like your bank uses!

I want more - how do I upgrade?

TimeForge Scheduling Free is a wonderful plan for most independent restaurants or small franchisees. However, TimeForge is a powerful and amazing labor management product that can transform your business.

At some point, we hope you outgrow the TimeForge Scheduling Free plan ... but if you don't, that's OK. We're here for you when you grow and growing isn't that costly - our various products can do a lot for your restaurant. (This list isn't even close to comprehensive)

  • Send text messages and reminders to your staff
  • Message your employees at any time via text or email
  • Integrate with many popular POS systems including Micros, Aloha, Restaurant Manager, POSitouch, Dinerware, HarborTouch, and others...
  • Export payroll to ADP, Paychex, Quickbooks, SurePayroll, and many others
  • Forecast and project upcoming sales, customer counts, and others ...
  • Track PTO, Sick, Vacation, and other benefit types
  • Use the AutoScheduler™ to instantly build schedules and assign staff members
  • A daily manager log keeps track of notes and daily to do items
  • Keep track of minors, holidays, and meal periods
  • Schedule and track breaks according to the local laws in your area
  • Upgrade to biometrics or a full time clock
  • Use our Human Resource module to track certifications, onboarding documents, and much more
How do you upgrade to power restaurant labor management software? It's simple! Inside of your TimeForge account, simply choose the new plan you want to use, and enter your payment information.