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Old 02-10-2004, 06:18 PM
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What forms do you have and use most often?

I'm currently making myself frustrated because I'm trying to put together a whole new system of organizing and running my company. I've been using excel and Access, but haven't developed anything i really like so far. What forms do you guys use regularly for landscaping design/build projects. I can use lawn care ones too but I mainly focus on design/build.

I want a way to track my efficencies and estimating vs. actuals, and any other info that helps run the company down the road. Thanks in advance for tips and advice!
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Old 02-10-2004, 07:29 PM
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I use Quickbooks. I highly recommend it, or some kind of computer software. It will make it so much easier for you.

I just got my system figured out this last week.
I use an estimate for that I designed in Excel. Everytime I do an estimate I use this form. (The form has everything from landscping services to Lawn Maintenance.) After the estimate is done I either put the job on my schedule (if the customer has OK'd it) or I put it in my "will call back" folder.
When the job is complete I mark it as "ready to be invoiced" and then I invoice it and send the bill. I then put it in a folder in case I need to go back and look at it for any reason.

I like this system so far. It has really streamlined my paperwork.
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Old 02-10-2004, 10:05 PM
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I use Quickbooks and it does all that I need it to do
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Old 02-11-2004, 11:48 AM
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Hi Grlandscaping,

What forms do you have and use most often?
Have you ever visited the Lawn and Landscape Magazine site? They have a whole section of business forms
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Old 02-11-2004, 12:04 PM
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quickbooks Pro would help you track actual vs. estimated and enable you to print out reports. They also have froms that you can tailor to better fit your business.
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Old 02-11-2004, 04:51 PM
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Quickbooks and excel spreadsheets
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