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Is Minnesota the Next Start-Up Mecca?

by Jennifer Riggins
Published on 7 August 2014

when-i-work-workforce-managementYou hear Minnesota and you shiver or picture Target department stores. It's not exactly the place you imagine entrepreneurs and investors flock to, when there are warmer options that come equipped with surfing and THE tech reputation. But at least for fantastic workforce management and scheduling apps company ThisClicks, investors are bearing 20-below temps to throw money toward growing these real solutions for small businesses.

Before we get into what is being invested for what, let me give you an overview of these two awesome apps.

If you've ever been a waitress or waiter, When I Work workforce management mobile app is going to blow your mind. Remember when you had to call in sick? You couldn't just crawl back into bed. You had to call each of your coworkers, desperate to find someone to cover for you. Or when the schedule posted, you had to truck in on your day off to read the board.

With When I Work, restaurant managers, construction managers, home care, hotels and any other business from 20 to 200 employees that have hourly staff can schedule and manage whole teams from their phones, tablets, and iPads. Someone apps or texts in sick? Immediately see who said he was available to cover today, approve shift changes from your phone, and don't get stuck with plates not served or linens unchanged. You can even have your employees clock in and out from their phones or setting your iPad up as a terminal. And you can manage all your different sites from one app.

Then, you have ThisClicks' other app WageBase Mobile Time Clock and Attendance Software , which can integrate right with When I Work. Turn your Android, iPad or PC into a fixed time clock, or allow them to clock in via their own iPhones, and then receive mobile notifications if someone you've scheduled hasn't clocked in yet. Then you can turn it all into easy timesheets that lets you process payroll more effectively.

This dynamic app duo is used by the likes of the Atlanta Braves baseball franchise, Uber car service, the Columbus Zoo, the UPS Store, and so many others in construction, retail, restaurants and entertainment.

"Mobile apps and smartphones give business owners the opportunity to get out from behind their desks. Thanks to the huge amount of mobile solutions being designed and offered each year, business owners no longer need to feel or be tied to their computers," promises ThisClicks' CEO Chad Halvorson, newest to join Inc Magazine's Top 35 Under 35.

Chad tells us all about how you can mobilize your small business. "They can be anywhere and still take care of day-to-day responsibilities like making employee schedules, managing accounting, communicating with staff, and other tasks. In the past, managing these tasks and projects often required a business owner to be on site at their places of business. With the mobile apps that are out there and available to them, they don't have to be there anymore in order to get things done. This flexibility can be especially helpful for the business owner who wears multiple hats, and for business owners who want and need to spend more time with employees and in front of customers."

It's clear that Chad and ThisClicks have mastered this by developing a solution for a specific need: "What we're doing is helping businesses with hourly employees, and giving them tools to schedule and communicate with them," Chad said when recently interviewed on Fox Business, along with his main investor Alan Patricof.

Of course, Alan, the one that trucked out there during frigid temperatures, jumped to endure the cold because not only is ThisClicks solving some serious problems, but they're profitable too, growing 25 to 30 percent month over month. Plus, Alan is all about taking the attention away from the Silicon Valley and the coasts in general by "trying to raise the profile of companies outside New York and San Francisco." (Of course, with GetApp based in beautiful Barcelona, we couldn't agree more!)

Alan's investment firm was delighted to lead the Series A funding that brings $4 million all the way to Minnesota to help When I Work and WageBase become a mainstream name in hourly businesses.

"We've cracked the code between software and communication," said Chad on Bloomberg News. He says they do no outbound selling. "People are discovering us [and we're] solving their problems."

Have you tried either of these apps? Why don't you give WageBase or When I Work a review?


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