New Software

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Weedburner, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. Weedburner

    Weedburner LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    Without spending a fortune I am looking for a good simple to use software package to due customer invoices and Estimates. Would like it to be able to print a nice invoice and address the envelope.
     
  2. Mike Bradbury

    Mike Bradbury LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 493

    though I don't know about the envelope printing.
     
  3. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,069

    download the demo of groundskeeper pro. let me know if you like it. I think it does a great job with invoices and you can use windowed envelopes

    http://www.adkad.com/
     
  4. yergus

    yergus LawnSite Member
    Posts: 146

    down load the working demo from www.alocet.com -
    this is for the lawn monkey program, the one i use
     
  5. SummitFarmer

    SummitFarmer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 76

    My Deluxe Invoices & Estimates
    You can get it at Office max, Office Depot or even on line I believe. Less that $50 bucks and will do all those things and even some simple sales reports.
     
  6. Buddy Markley

    Buddy Markley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    You have several oppions for your billing, spreadsheets would the cheapest and allow you to grow into a more expensive package like QuickBooks or Peachtree.

    Quickbooks and Peachtree are two nice software packages to use and If you have a CPA or plan on hiring one in the future than these two are a plus. Most Cpa will be using one or both to serve their clients better because they can down load your info in to their system and work on your acounts without a office visit and the fees that come with that visit.

    You just set up your accounting books send it to your CPA he will do a quick audit make some changes (maybe) then your set once or twice a year you do an audit and then at the end of year download to their system where they will prepare your taxes and then your done.

    One Note, with any software the more early you get started in the year the better off you will be, there is a lot less enteries to plug in Jan. than in Nov.

    As far as printing envelops, buy the ones with the clear windows and setup your invoices so the sent and return addresses show thru.

    Buddy
     
  7. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,309

    Instead of printing envelopes I use the envelopes with the window on them. My invoice already has the address on it.
     
  8. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,069

    buddy
    Are you using quickbooks. I have the program but don't like the way the invoices are set up. with groundskeeper the customer tears off the bottom portion and puts it in a windowed envelope I send with there bill. they dont have to address it which I think gets my money faster. if there is a invoice template like this for quikbooks let me know
     
  9. HarryD

    HarryD LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,069

    Here is what im looking for not sure there is a invoice template for quickbooks like it

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  10. Buddy Markley

    Buddy Markley LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    HarryD,

    I just moved over to quickbooks Pro last month, I have seen a lot of invoice templates on their web site but I can not say for sure if they have that kind but I think they did.

    I am sure that the pre-printed forms for QB are just like that plus they would be perferated for easy seperation, I would think that would be tough task with just regular Ink Jet or Laser paper.

    Just A thought.

    The real selling point is the ease of transfering data to your accountant or CPA,,for me anyhow because it is going to save me money in the long run with consulting and office visit fees.

    As far as billing this year I will be sticking with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets just for the first month before I switch over to QB.
    I feel spreadsheets are a very powerful way to setup ypur databases and job cost tracking and even quoting for the guy starting out, with the startup cost of equipment, insurance and whatever else the new guy can get a super book keeping system started for around $25 to $50, just by using a money program and spreadsheets.

    Opps,,sorry for rambling on.

    Buddy
     

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