Now that the dust has settled after the launch of our planning assistant, it’s time for an update to the function.
We are looking for a talented developer to join us full-time.
We’re often asked how to divide schedules into different groups. Or how to give a schedule a heading.
Today we’re shipping two new features for Smartplan: Delete messages and an improved navigation.
First and foremost, we at Smartplan would like to start out by wishing you all a happy New Year! We hope you had a nice Christmas with all your loved ones and have entered 2016 the best (and safest) way possible. Entering a new year is to many people associated with a fresh start and an opportunity to make life changes. Some set out to lose 10 kg while others set out to save up money and go on a long wanted journey. Which New Year’s resolutions does Smartplan have for 2016? We’ve discussed it at the office and have found some good suggestions and some funny suggestions describing our goals for 2016.
Thursday last week was our Christmas party at Smartplan before the holidays. It was a nice day, which at the same time marked the end of the internship of our two interns, Louise and Maiken. We don’t know where the time went and we feel that they just started working with us yesterday! In connection with them finishing the internship, we’ve asked them to reflect on their time here at Smartplan.
In the UK, Christmas parties are widely known as the office party of the year. It’s that one time where hierarchy doesn’t seem to matter that much and people let loose and dance and drink. It’s as much a celebration of the relationships at work as a celebration of Christmas. There are a lot of different traditions connected with Christmas parties in the different cultures around the world – in this blog post we want to write about the Danish tradition of the so called Christmas lunches.
“Oh no, it’s December already!” That is how many people react when we, once again, enter the last month of the year. To many, Christmas equals stress, because they - in addition to the Christmas shopping - feel that they have much more than usual to live up to in December: Christmas parties almost every weekend, family get-togethers, decorating, baking and an intensified effort at work in order to make it all before the holidays. Reaching Christmas Eve, most people are exhausted and maybe even turn sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way - we hereby give you some simple pieces of advice on how to avoid Christmas stress.
At Smartplan we love customers – in all shapes and sizes! And we’re sure that many companies feel the same way. Also, we think that many companies sometimes come across surprising customers. These are customers that you wouldn’t expect to have use of your product or maybe even customers you didn’t know existed. This is something that we experience at Smartplan from time to time, and we see it as a positive thing, as it shows us that our product is versatile.
“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!”
We’ve reached the last week of our entrepreneurship theme on the Smartplan Blog. The last post is written by one of the founders of Smartplan, Mathias Aggerbo, and it gives his view on funding. He questions the massive focus on funding and the millions that might follow.
If you read last week’s blog post, you know that we’re currently focusing on entrepreneurship. We do this in the hopes that we’re able to pass on some of our knowledge and experience within the field. After all, just three years ago the founders of Smartplan were in the exact same situation as every other start-up. Next week, you can read about the experiences of the founders Peter, Mathias and Mikkel. While we wait for that, this week’s blog post describes the terms’used in the world of start-ups, the so called start-up jargon:
Welcome to Smartplan’s entrepreneur weeks! Entrepreneurship is as popular as ever: last year, more than 500,000 new businesses were created in the UK alone, while TV programmes such as “Dragon’s Den” show how budding entrepreneurs try to convince investors to invest in their business ideas. Yet, far from every entrepreneur makes it on the often overcrowded markets. Therefore, we have chosen to focus on entrepreneurship on the blog during this and next week. This week, we concentrate on expert advice for entrepreneurs, while next week’s focus will be on our own experiences as entrepreneurs in Denmark. Enjoy!
We often hear that word-of-mouth is the most effective way of letting potential customers know that your company exists and that your product is worth spending money on. Numerous marketing experts and companies agree on this, which applies to both B2C and B2B businesses. A study of the B2B market shows that 80% of the asked decision-makers of Danish companies think that customer cases have an influence on their choice of suppliers.
We previously gave you the story of Smartplan and how our baby was created in only 16 weeks. But do you know how much has happened since the launch 2.5 years ago? Have you noticed that Smartplan employee scheduling system has developed from a newborn into a toddler with multiple updates and new functions?
One of the things we’re constantly working on at Smartplan is customer service. We live to make our customers happy, so to speak, but we can always do better. Here are a few tips that we at Smartplan try to live by, in terms of customer service and contact:
Last week we visited a customer, who at first sight seems like an unusual customer of Smartplan. But Smartplan isn’t only for bars and restaurants. There’s a very special type of customer that benefits from online employee scheduling as well: farmers. But how is Smartplan suitable for farming? That’s what we decided to find out by visiting Mike Timmermann on his farm Fristrupminde in Northern Jutland.
A few months ago, the three of us communication students started our internship at Smartplan. Since Smartplan is a company that provides SaaS and we would be working alongside three programmers we knew from the beginning, that we would come across some unknown expressions – and so we did! Now and then we still laugh when the programmers discuss their work at the office, as we still quite don’t follow it all. We imagine that many non-IT-specialists are in the a similar situation. Therefore, we have created a list of five funny and misunderstood phrases that we’ve come across in our short time at Smartplan. They’re silly examples of what we were thinking when we heard the phrases and what the phrases actually mean.
Should you meet up with colleagues outside of work? And should fun be implemented in the workplace? That is often something that both employees and managers worry about.
In most businesses, Excel spreadsheets are an integrated part of the everyday work contributing to the management of, for example, finances and presenting data more clearly. Yet, when dealing with employee scheduling, Excel isn’t the most suitable tool for the task. We have made a top 3 featuring the most annoying things about using Excel for employee scheduling:
For the last week-and-a-half, Denmark’s second largest city Aarhus (which also happens to be the home of Smartplan) celebrated “Aarhus Festuge” – a returning event every year in Aarhus. It’s one of Northern Europe’s largest cultural festivals, but it’s also just a big town fair for the people living in Aarhus. We at Smartplan wanted to contribute to the festival. Being a small business, we know the importance of taking part in the local community around us. And of course, we wanted to be part of our festive surroundings.
With over 380 million users, LinkedIn is the leading social networking site for professionals. Having a LinkedIn Company Page provides a great opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services, find new employees, and share interesting and useful updates.
As some of you might know, Smartplan was founded two years ago by three entrepreneurs from Aarhus in Denmark: Peter Møller and the two brothers Mathias and Mikkel Aggerbo. But did you know that Smartplan employee scheduling software was created in only 16 weeks? Or that the team behind it developed everything themselves?
To manage a business is more than shift scheduling – we know! One important aspect is that the leader of the company is able to lead and guide her or his employees. That way the employees are able to exploit their full potential, which will contribute to the business development of the company. Andrew Schrage, who is himself a small business owner (Money Crashers) specialised in economic counselling, has developed a set of advice on how to be great leader to your employees:
At Smartplan we are constantly thinking of ways to refine and update our product to make employee scheduling even easier for you. Take a look at some of our latest updates to Smartplan:
As the summer is drawing to a close, changes are happening at Smartplan. On Wednesday 5th of August, Martina, Louise and Maiken, our three new communication interns, started working here at Smartplan. All three girls are Master students at Aarhus University with the department of Business and Social Sciences and have chosen to do an internship at Smartplan during their third semester. In the course of their internship, they are going to help give our communication a boost and try to give you a better experience of our online communication and social media. Additionally, they will work on generating more attention towards our company and software and help strengthen our position on the English-speaking markets.
We’re finally open for business and we can’t wait to bring your employee schedule online. Last friday we invited our families to celebrate the hard work we have put in to Smartplan the last couple of month. We have been hard at work to bring Smartplan to you.
Dear Mr./Mrs. Small Business Owner,
Whether you’re currently using scheduling software, Excel or even a pen and paper, switching to Smartplan is quick and easy.
Smartplan combines a simple, user-friendly interface and powerful scheduling tools to create a system that just works.
We’ve ditched unnecessary frills and functions to give you the most cost-effective solution.