• Mongoplus

    Snap Schedule does not seeem to be free. I went to the developer’s site and could not find any reference to a freeware edition, only a free 30 day trial. The program cost $495.00. I think that is a little bit high.

    • http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/ Ishan

      @Mongoplus: You are right – Snap Schedule does not seems to be free any more. You can check out other scheduling software listed above.

  • Mongoplus

    I did thank you and I am using ClockIt Easy Schedule Creator now. I think it is a great program for a small firm like mine.

    Thanks for the tips and keep them coming!!!

  • Karen M

    These are programs are great for certain industries, but they’re lacking a key piece of the scheduling equation: work schedule notification! You can spend hours every week making the perfect schedule, but if your employees don’t remember when to come in, it seems it’s all for nothing! With today’s younger, connected workforce, you need a system that completes the scheduling loop. You need a solution that sends your staff their work schedule and shift reminders to their cell phones. I also see that most of these programs are not web-based which chains schedule managers to wherever they’ve installed their program – Not very convenient when last-minute scheduling changes occur when the manager is not at the office. Just my 2 cents.

    • http://www.ilovefreesoftware.com/ Ishan

      @Karen: All are valid and practical concerns. Let me know if / when you come across a program that provides those features. Would love to review it :)

      • http://www.yournextseven.com John McMullen

        Hey all. I’m the President and Lead Developer of Your Next Seven. We’re an online scheduling software that offers a truly free account for smaller businesses (up to 7 employees.) Ishan, I’d love to talk with you for a full in-depth walk-through of our software and offer your reader-base a discounted rate if they go over the free account level!

  • Steve M.

    @Karen: Most scheduling programs let you email work schedules and reminders to employees so you can use this feature to send SMS text messages and work schedules to cell phones. Major phone carriers provide free Email to SMS gateways. Web-based scheduling apps are not free because it costs money to keep the website running so you either pay or suffer thru annoying ads. Worst, most of paid web-based scheduling apps have limited capabilities, slow, and practically useless once you have more than 50 employees.

  • MichelleLee1

    Awesome post. Here’s a tool that lets you buildemployee vacation request apps or forms in minutes, without coding http://www.caspio.com/apps/human-resources/employee-vacation-requests.aspx

  • dinil

    thank you

  • Lauren Garza

    I’ve been using ClockIt ES for a while, but after a few months – I experience such problems that I have to delete the program and re-install and REPROGRAM everything! This is a big pain! Anyone else experience this with Clockit ES? Other than that – I love the program.

  • http://schedulehead.com/ Schedulehead

    This is a nice article, but you forgot the best company out there – US!!! (schedulehead)