office excel / word 2000?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by nt1, Feb 7, 2005.

  1. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    I am trying to speed up the process of invoiceing customers by creating a list of the most common services we do so that I do not have to type them individually on every line of an invoice. Currently I use 2 open files and toggle back and forth(cut and paste), one with a list of services like: Regular lawn maintenance, leaf clean up, trim hedges, gutter cleaning, and so on. I cut from the list a service we did then toggle to the invoice and paste it. Can anyone suggest an easier or quicker method of doing this?
     
  2. jpmako

    jpmako LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 593


    Quickbooks is an invaluable tool to my business.
    Much less time spent doing invoices and writing out address labels.
    It is also a great tool for tracking income and expenses.

    Jason
     
  3. nt1

    nt1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 298

    Yeah I have tried their online demo and it has alot going for it but for now just trying to keep it simple! In the future I plan to add a more comprehensive progam such as quickbooks but I don't have the time or desire right now to learn it.

    So, is there any easy way to add regularly performed services and address labels to excel?
     
  4. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    have you thought about using a database with the office. Like Access. Once you get a hang of it, you would love it.
     
  5. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    QB is the way to the light...
    It is so much quicker than that method...
    You wanted advice, right?
     
  6. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    O.K.
    I will be waiting for that update....
     
  7. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745

    I thought that people would get a kick out of that. :)
     
  8. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    How about final decision right now??
    Why do/does he /you need to wait until summer to make the choice??
    Elaborate RF
    I hate winter too, but it is part of the game/puzzle?!?!
    I am being sincere, just let us know your angle...
    N
     
  9. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Posts: 8,745


    There are a lot of little reasons.
    1. I am getting sick of having to wake up every morning at 3am just to check to make sure that I don't/do have to salt or do snow removal.
    2. I want some time off
    3. I hate being on call 24-7. The mrs. and me can't really go anywhere far away it case a snow storm comes.
    4. With lawn care you might be able to skip a day if you don't feel good or want to call it a day, while snow removal you have to complete it.
    5. The money for snow removal up here is very little. The market is flooded with contractors, and excavating companies that are in their down time so prices are horribley low. I mean like, people do driveways up here for only $10. And when you need or want to charge accordingly, customers almost laugh at you, because they know they can find it cheaper
    6. I figure that starting this year for the mowing season, I am going to work my b*tt off so I can take some time off during the season

    The reason that I said July, is because in the middle of August I send out snow removal contracts. So basically the end of July is my deadline to decide I feel. To put it in a nutshell, if I have a great spring and first part of summer (income wise) then I will not be doing snow removal come winter. Now if I have a really slow first part of the season, then ya I will be doing snow removal.
     
  10. KCLandscape

    KCLandscape LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 526

    Well put.
    I understand your side of it.
    I need to do the same watching of the metrelogicial occurances..as they occur.Might have 3 in + by tomorrow PM
    Now get to bed , I am for now
    N
     

Share This Page