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Needing & New to Accounting/Business Software...

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by GreenBlade, Jun 3, 2013.

  1. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    Hi, I'm sixteen years old & been in the business for a couple years now. In years past I have had no problem using Excel, Word, etc. to manage the cash flow in my business. However, this year now that I am sixteen and driving myself my company greatly expanded and using Excel is posing as a very difficult, timely, and confusing task. I'm having a hard time figuring my profits, organizing my expenses & income, and preparing and keeping track of bills & who has payed & who hasn't.

    I see and hear all the time about all different software such as Quickbooks, LawnPro, Groundskeeper, etc. This year I am greatly considering purchasing and implementing a software of this type into my business.

    I was wondering what type of software I should use? I run Macs & not PCs. I have heard that Quickbooks is a great piece of software to use for the accounting side of things which is really all I need. Later I could implement another lawn care software for scheduling and such. I know there are online based, and downloadable software types, which is better & what do you guys recommend?

    I would greatly appreciate some advice as time is running out as we get more and more into the mowing season.
     
  2. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 804

    I use quick book online. It's great, you can learn it pretty quick. Another plus if you have an iPhone you can download the app and see everything right in the field.
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  3. mont750

    mont750 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    Hey Greenblade,
    We also use quickbooks online, pretty good way to track alot of areas. You can also print invoices and has some nice reports to help you stay on top of things.

    BM
    Mow N Lawns
     
  4. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    I've demoed it. Only thing is, after a few years of subscribing wouldn't it be cheaper to just buy the software?
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  5. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 804

    Yes but buying the software is just as much because you have to buy the updated version every few years. They stop having support for the older versions is why.

    I paid for a year and it was like 120. I don't need all the add ons such as pay roll and manage bills.
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  6. GreenBlade

    GreenBlade LawnSite Member
    Posts: 199

    Oh I didn't know you had to get updates & stuff. What about programs like Service Auto-Pilot & stuff?
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  7. creedy

    creedy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 1

    Hey, Realgreen Systems has a small business version that can handle everything for you, except payroll, payables. go to their website realgreen.com and request info. c
     

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