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rwatson
02-24-2006, 03:56 PM
what should i include on my invoice? and does anyone have any suggestions as to layout and or how they set it up in microsoft word oe exel?

yrdandgardenhandyman
02-24-2006, 04:32 PM
what should i include on my invoice? and does anyone have any suggestions as to layout and or how they set it up in microsoft word oe exel?

One word. Gopher.

jhoneycutt
02-24-2006, 05:03 PM
I see the company Gopher alot on here. it must be good, is it free?

nobagger
02-24-2006, 05:11 PM
Nothing that saves you time is free:laugh: :laugh: I just bought lawnprosoftware and its about the cheapest software but it does everything I need it to do and then some. It was only $58.00:cool2:

Precision Lawns
02-24-2006, 07:17 PM
We are still waiting for our very own specialized lawn care software to finish being designed (we've got a family member who's got a software design company doing it for us for free), so in the meantime we use spreadsheets in Excel. It's a big pain, but it's free and we don't want to buy Gopher software since we'll have our own pretty soon. Of course, we had 25 customers last season, and this season hope to expand to around 60, and then push to over 100 next season. The Excel system was manageable with 25. It will be a royal pain with 60, and completely impossible with 100. We're hoping to have the software before the end of this season. So it will work, but if you plan on getting more than just a few customers, I wouldn't recommend it - go get real software.

That being said, we actually modeled our invoices after our cell phone bill, in terms of the appearance. It includes:

Amount of last bill
Amount they paid
Amound of current charges
Amount of Any additional fees
Amount of Any credits
Total amount due
Due Date
Detailed list of current charges/fees
Dates mowed

And of course, our company letterhead, the customer's information (name, acct #, address), and a return slip. We also include a return envelope in our bills. We keep a spreadsheet of everything we've done in Excel, and then when it's time to send out invoices, we have the invoice set up in Word and just do a mail merge with the info from Excel. Again, it's a pain, but it works and it LOOKS professional - our customers have no idea what a headache it is to create.

Team Gopher
03-02-2006, 08:26 AM
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Hi rwatson,

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Thanks yrdandgardenhandyman for thinking of us.

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