Billing software???

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by NfdBrian, Nov 1, 2003.

  1. NfdBrian

    NfdBrian LawnSite Member
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    Hi guys,
    I was just wondering what software you guys use for billing and proposals? I just downloaded a demo version of Groundskeeper Pro. I have been using Microsoft Excel for invoices but want something a little more in depth. I know there are a thousand different programs, but I want something simple and inexpensive. It is only myself and my brother right now, so no need for payroll at this point in time. It is only a part time venture right now but we are hoping to expand it next year. Thanks again for your time.

    Brian
     
  2. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Posts: 4,041

    Hi NfdBrian,

    If you get a chance, you can download our software and try it out! :)
     
  3. newleaflandscape

    newleaflandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 348

    I use quickbooks pro. Handy for because I also have the pocket pc version of quickbooks for my pocket pc. I also have a printer for that pocket pc. Its handy because I can create bills or estimates or anything like that on the job if I want and hand it to the customer and all I have to do is plug the pocket pc in the main computer and synchronizes everything. I never have customers waiting for estimates. Plus it looks real professional. I got into quickbooks because my accountant talked me into it. I paid him three hundred bucks and that bought me the software and he set it up for me idiot proof. Then I bought the pocket pc version for like 125 i think. Best investments I ever made.
     
  4. Keith Howells

    Keith Howells LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    Quickbooks Pro. Not cheap and there is a learning curve to it. However it seems to be one of the standards and it will carry your business to the $1mm level.

    I do own Groundskeeper Pro but I don't use it now. It was fairly elementary and it doesn't do a good job of interfacing with the money. In other words, you can't run your checkbook on it and pay quarterly taxes etc. It may be good if you have a route type business, but I don't so I can't comment on that.

    I have heard good things about Peachtree. Apparently, a number of guys here in Georgia use it. Supposedly easier than Quickbooks. Never looked into it though.
     
  5. Keith Howells

    Keith Howells LawnSite Member
    Posts: 41

    One thought. You might look on E-Bay for Quickbooks or any of them for that matter. They have some good deals on software especially if you shop for a version that may not be the most current.
     
  6. Cheesedawg1

    Cheesedawg1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from NJ
    Posts: 283

    What about Team Gophers program? LOL How is that guys?
     
  7. Equipguy

    Equipguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 370

    Quicken is a good place to start and has a low cost as well. It will work fine until you need something more.
     
  8. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    add a vote for gopher. its awesome. if they'd just get the palm module released, it'd be perfect.
     

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