New online company management/scheduling/invoicing software

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by jason72g, Nov 26, 2011.

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Would you be interested in a new software for invoicing, scheduling, managing.

  1. Yes

    10 vote(s)
    62.5%
  2. No

    3 vote(s)
    18.8%
  3. Sounds interesting

    3 vote(s)
    18.8%
  1. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Hello all,

    I recently relocated back to my hometown due a change of pace in my full time job, leaving my business partner to take over our lawn maintenance company as 100% owner. While I do miss it, I have been thinking of ways to remain a part of the green industry.

    With my background in building websites, networking etc, as well as lawn mowing and maintenance, it only makes sense to make a better, faster, more powerful tool that enables green business owners to stay on top of their scheduling, invoicing, marketing games.

    My experience with the system we used with our company probably sounds a lot like yours. We always felt like we just didn't have enough flexibility, customization, etc, to really feel like we were getting our monies-worth. We felt like the owners of the software never listened to us, nor did they care about what suggestions we had in order to improve the system, and ultimately, our satisfaction. We felt like it was a clunky piece of software with a bad interface. We also felt like the owners created it, abandoned it, and continued to sell it with next to no new content or updates for that matter.

    So that's where this opportunity works it's self in. I want to know what YOU WANT. What is it that you like about your current software? Dislike? Would love to have? Don't need?

    Would you like it to be online, access it anywhere, iPad, iPhone, android, blackberry, laptop? What would you pay for a system that had what you wanted and/or could get what you wanted in a monthly/weekly update?

    In saying all this, I would love to develop a system to help you and your business grow, but there needs to be a demand for this and a good response to this thread, so I feel comfortable in jumping in.

    Any comments?
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  2. LawnoftheMonth

    LawnoftheMonth LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 355

    I was ready to sign up from your thread title, but I'm too tired to hash out details on my current software issues.
     
  3. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
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    I understand. Can you just vaguely list some issues?
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  4. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I realize I've asked the question in other threads when posters are asking for "invoicing software," but it never gets an answer. I was struck with the title of this thread, and the question came to mind again.

    Why would anybody want to have a software to do invoicing APART from their financial management software?

    In other words, why enter information two times, once to generate invoices, and another to maintain financial records? What advantage is made with as separate software for invoicing?

    Those asking the question about "which software to use for invoicing," or "I use XXX software for invoices," never answer the question about using two programs. What am I missing?
     
  5. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
    Posts: 88

    Roger, thanks for the reply. What if this system could replace existing financial management software? Now I realize for "seasoned" businesses who are used to quickbooks etc, may not go this route, but it I believe it would be a viable option for new businesses or smaller businesses and for business owners who don't even know where to begin with quickbooks. This could integrate with quickbooks, and it could have the capability to create a user ID for your accountant making it easier for him to do his job.

    Again thanks for the insight.
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  6. calvinslawnservices

    calvinslawnservices LawnSite Senior Member
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    I use quick books for my financial management software and it is great, I can enter everything for the financial side of things including payroll. The best thing I like about it is you can access it from smart phones or Ipads/Tablets, if you have the internet capability. The one thing I wished it did would allow is scheduled multiple crews or even one crew and then allowed them to check off the job when its done and then automatically prepare the invoice to send out. This way everything is more automatically done at the end of the day.
     
  7. JDiepstra

    JDiepstra LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldnt buy it if it has the word Green in it.
     
  8. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
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    And if it didn't have the word "green" in it?
     
  9. jason72g

    jason72g LawnSite Member
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    Also, if I choose to pursue this endeavor, what I'll do is create a blog charting my progress, and it will also serve as a place where you can make comments and suggestions. It will be a true "CUSTOM" piece of software based on what you guys need.
     
  10. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    This is a major flaw in strategy. What you are suggesting is that new or smaller businesses don't have need, or aren't willing to implement, financial management software. This should be just as important as buying a new mower, and it is much less expensive.

    In another current thread, the topic of a business plan is being discussed. Most would agree that the best advice for a new business is to have a business plan before starting. As part of that plan, the financial data must have some order, and record keeping is essential. Many start up businesses fail because of lack of capitalization, and lack of proper financial management in the early stages. Failure to use something to keep the finger on cash flow early will likely path the path to doom soon.

    What I am saying is that to suggest that an owner use something for invoices, without working with financial management tools, is a bad idea. The two are too closely related to try to separate them. Nobody is too small to use these tools, IF they are interested in a successful business.
     

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