View Full Version : Your Opinion!! Quickbooks or ????????

05-24-2006, 06:16 PM
Recently bought Quickbooks Pro for $200. Seems to work well for Billing but kinda hard to Organize and set up my invoices or statements for monthly lawn service ITEMS.

I>E> Item: Monthly Lawn Service (May)

I have Different Priced Contracts so it wont let me use a different price for that item. Any Suggestions?

Also should I have gone with a different program for this.


05-24-2006, 08:52 PM
once you enter an amount for a particular customer - add it to your memorized transactions list - next week, month or whatever the billing frequency is - just click it and your done

05-24-2006, 09:40 PM
Thanks, that helped some.

05-24-2006, 09:59 PM
Anyone use or heard of this software?

05-24-2006, 10:43 PM
I have it but haven't had teh chance to use it, I just bought a book called The missing Manual. I'm not sure I will use it as a customer manager which is what I was hoping. Its' hard to set up right, I will have to read the book :(

btw, you paid too much. I paid $150 canadian.

05-25-2006, 01:45 PM
I recommend QXpress. 1-877-529-6659

It works seamlessly with QuickBooks and handles everything you need. Fantastic software company, fantastic software.

Tell them Stan sent ya! :)

05-25-2006, 08:57 PM
Is this a seperate program or is it a just a Quick Books add-on??

05-25-2006, 10:47 PM
QXpress is a software that integrates with QuickBooks. You need QB AND QXpress to run. They compliment each other VERY nicely.

QuickBooks is great at accounting. But it does poorly on repeat billings that may vary in amounts, jobs etc.
QB also does not do scheduling.

If you do a search on the forum here, and other forums you may know about, you will find that QXpress is pretty much the heads up choice of the contractors.

Now there are programs that stand alone and do not require QB to bill. Some others that "say" they'll integrate but if you ask around you'll find they integrate poorly.

Yet the idea of integrated software is so that you always know your numbers by accessing just your accounting software. Why do double entry duty?

Most of the original Clip Software power users I know have switched over to QXpress.
Of all the mistakes I've made the worst was making the decision to settle on a business software that I would have to replace as my company grew in size and profitability. You end up having to re-learn a new software just when your focus should be on your next company expansion. Ugly lesson.

QXpress will handle you all the way thru. Ask around or do that search.
Shucks, they'll even rent to you on a monthly basis until you make up your mind it is what you want. In fact they'll allow the first three months rent to go 100% towards the purchase if you choose. You don't like it you cancel and walk away. You like it and buy you haven't lost a dime in rental.
Win-win my friend.

Hope all ends well.

Premo Services
05-27-2006, 09:45 AM
QXpress from alocet is the way to go.
I have been using it for 4 years now and I love it.:clapping: I have 3/4 of my customers set up on contracts and once the info is put in a couple clicks and invoices are done in quickbooks. I also have the add on for the palm pilot and this has cut down on the paper trail I used to have.
Their support is awesome....
check the program out

05-27-2006, 02:30 PM
Thanks Guys I really Appreciate this. Atleast now i wont have to throw $200 dollars down the drain. Thanks

Also do you have the standard, Gold or Platinum QxPress? Because I also do some landscaping so with would work for the best price?

05-30-2006, 08:49 PM
On my invoices, I have the item set up as: Mowing & Trimming. Then I have a column for quantity. You should be able to put the weeks for that month there. I have used the standard quickbooks for the last few years. It was a little difficult to get used to, but I am soooo glad that I made the switch from typing out my invoices. It is so organized & very professional looking. I have had many customers comment on the change.

05-30-2006, 08:59 PM
Thanks Guys I really Appreciate this. Atleast now i wont have to throw $200 dollars down the drain. Thanks

Also do you have the standard, Gold or Platinum QxPress? Because I also do some landscaping so with would work for the best price?

Go with the Platinum.
Most of my reasoning is that although you utilize the software for billing purposes now what you REALLY should be considering is the TRACKING opportunities it offers you to make SURE you are working at a profit!!!!

If you pay more for the premium package you are more likely to FORCE YOURSELF to step up to the plate and learn how to use it!

Then, and only then, will you realize what you business is about.
Which is $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.

PerfiCut L&L
05-30-2006, 11:20 PM
Ive been using QB since the beginning. Works great for me. Took me a while to learn it and customize it but now that I have it figured out its a great tool.

As for customizing price levels for different customers, what I do is setup 5 fields under the customer data section. Calling them, MOWING, AERATION, SEEDING, and so on. When I do up an estimate for a customer, I use MS EXCEL for that, but I transer the pricing for certain service to these fields. This way, when I do up the invoice, it automatically puts in the right price for mowing for john doe which is different than the mowing price for Mr. White's mowing.

Aside from that, I love the report features, and job cost tracking abilities. Sure theirs, some week points to the software, but I think over time QB will fine tune them. I currently use the 2006 Premier Contractors Edition, which gives ya a dozen more reports but otherwise the software is the same.

User interface is getting a little better each version around too.

05-31-2006, 11:59 AM
Use Qexpress here too.....Tried demos of most of the others that you hear about here and none come even close to being as good as Qxpress.

I need a true seamless integration between the scheduling program and Quickbooks and Qxpress is the only one i found that does that.