Smartplan, which offers work-scheduling tool, takes steady road to success

smartplanWhile many of the projects that we cover include teams that are looking to grab funding and expand as quickly as possible, but there are others that move at their own pace. This is the case with Danish startup Smartplan, which has developed a work-scheduling tool, but has taken a somewhat slow and steady road to success.

At first glance, Smartplan appears to be a basic scheduling tool, allowing employers to assign shifts, or to send reminders regarding work-related information by text or email, as necessary. But what stands out about this platform is that, not only can you assign shifts online, but that employees have access to the chart and can swap swifts with one another. And they do not have to swap, either, as employees have the option of simply vacating shifts and sending out a message (to all or a select few people), as to why they cannot work at that time.  And then, when changes are made, notifications are sent out, in order to keep everyone on the same page.

Their revenue model is subscription-based, with companies paying a fee, based on how many users they have. Prices range from 10 pounds per month, for clients with 15 or fewer employees, to 30 pounds per month, for those with up to 45. And, for the medium-sized clients, there is a package, for up to 30 employees, available for 20 pounds monthly.

The Smartplan platform got its start as something of a side-project 3 years ago, as its creators run a small software company (as well as doing consulting) and wanted their own product. So, they gave themselves 16 weeks to create something and a scheduling tool was born. They have not given up on their consulting work, either, telling me that they have used money from that work to support Smartplan and that they hope to bootstrap the project, as far as it is possible.

Smartplan currently claims 300 companies as clients, which includes 1,500 daily active users. And the startup has concentrated solely on Denmark to this point, with plans now to move into the Swedish and Norwegian markets.

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