Open Office Spreadsheets

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by peeklandscaping, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
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    Open office is almost identical to Microsoft Office but it's 100% free. I tried it once when I was sick of constantly paying to upgrade microsoft and it worked perfectly fine but things were put in different places and worked just a touch different. I have spent enough time learning the microsoft system that I don't want to change. If you take the time to learn how to use office I'm sure it's absolutely no different other than the price. To the OP sorry I did check my files on a computer with open office and you can open them but the formatting gets all screwed up the way I have it done which makes all the equations not work.
     
  2. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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    Wow.. that simple ehh? How do I go about obtaining Open Office TTS?
     
  3. TTS

    TTS LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 615

  4. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
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  5. grassmasterswilson

    grassmasterswilson LawnSite Platinum Member
    from nc
    Posts: 4,468

    I use open office. I like that its free and I can save as an excel file to send out to people. You can also open a word doc in the program. I'd be interested in anyone calculations also. Haha. I've tried to work up a spreadsheet for different aspects if my business but I can't seem to get one that works for me.

    I. Usually end of with scrap paper and 20 different chicken scratch methods throughout the year.

    I do my own payroll and did set up a spread sheet to where I enter the hours, wage rate, and state/fed withholding and it calculates the net pay
     
  6. Chuck Norris

    Chuck Norris LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 296

    That's great to hear!!! I will definitely have to get a copy of this program. From what you just informed me on is that it is just like Microsoft Office Home and Student but without the Bill Gate's price!!!
     
  7. birddseedd

    birddseedd LawnSite Silver Member
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    I'v used both. Microsoft is defiantly better, however this is a big subjective. as mentioned above formatting can be change when opening different files. but the biggest difference is going to be when you get into more advanced things. graphs and that sort of thing. now, its been a while so i'm sure open office has gotten better about that stuff since my last time. for the most part they work exactly the same and i'm surprised someone opened a file and the formulas didnt work.

    Another option is using google calc (drive.google.com, docs.google.com). The thing that i like about it is that you can share sheets with other people and watch them as they edit it, even edit it at the same time. I plan on using it this winter with my subs. ill share a route sheet with them and they check off the work they did on what date.


    tommy, is there any chance you would be willing to share your sheet? i'v been wanting to do the same but it takes time to measure out the sqft for different types of jobs and figure out what costs and profit margins are for different services. I would appreciate it.

    In return i would be able to share a sheet i made for my mowing route. You list your customers, pricing, address, notes and a few other things on each line. then at the end of the day all you have to do is put a check next to each line/customer you mowed that day. At the end of the week or month all you do is go to the past page in the sheet, export it, and import it into quick books. all of the data then gets put into quick books in a matter of seconds. All of your data entry for the month done in just a few moments.
     
  8. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 306


    So, I've got a lot of estimate templates sorted out, but I'm stuck on setting up customer templates. Like prices by entering customer name, tracking phone calls, addresses, that stuff. Got any information on how you set yours up? Thanks
     
  9. peeklandscaping

    peeklandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from CT
    Posts: 306

    In return i would be able to share a sheet i made for my mowing route. You list your customers, pricing, address, notes and a few other things on each line. then at the end of the day all you have to do is put a check next to each line/customer you mowed that day. At the end of the week or month all you do is go to the past page in the sheet, export it, and import it into quick books. all of the data then gets put into quick books in a matter of seconds. All of your data entry for the month done in just a few moments.[/QUOTE]


    Birddseedd, you wouldn't be able to email me that mowing route sheet, could you? :waving:
     
  10. cgrant711

    cgrant711 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 314

    Hey I just started my business this year and estimating is something I would really like to improve on. Sounds like you have it worked out pretty good. Did you teach yourself how to use office or did you take some classes? I would really like to know becuase I just jumped into the business this year after reading this for the last year and saving up for my equipment. I'm only 19 and plan on setting up a business plan this off season, but being so inexperienced I didn't want to write one up that is unrealistic. Just after the last 3 months of mowing, I've already learned a lot, and I'm out of college now so I can devote all the time needed to my business.
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