Quickbooks Pro, Premier, Contractor or Onlilne?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by adaptivehomeservices, Oct 27, 2006.

  1. adaptivehomeservices

    adaptivehomeservices LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 59

    I have read many posts regarding all types of software used in the green industry and have narrowed it down to a Quickbooks product. I do lawn maintenance and various other trades as well so I need a universal product that won't become obsolete when my business grows.

    Which one do you all recommend and why?
     
  2. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,563

    we use quickbooks pro 2007 and love it.
     
  3. DBL

    DBL LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,219

    use it too it has more stuff then i even know how to use maby ill explore how to do these things this winter
     
  4. adaptivehomeservices

    adaptivehomeservices LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 59

    It seems like you can get 2007 Pro for around $120 or so. This has more than enough to help setup my accounting?
     
  5. Tim Wright

    Tim Wright LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I Just bought QB Pro also for my businesses. Came from Quicken for Home and Business.

    My plan is to use QBPro with qClipPro software.

    Quickbooks for the Accounting, Billing, etc, and Clip for Scheduling, and Job Costing.

    There are other good scheduling programs out there, and you could even use Microsoft Outlook, however, it is not nearly as automated.

    One of the main reason for using Clip is that once it is set up, you will know where your money is being made or lost, with both materials, time and employees, etc. You can then begin to map out your business plans based on real numbers rather than general numbers.

    Tim
     
  6. Proscapes

    Proscapes LawnSite Member
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    been using QB Pro 6 yrs now. it's standard equipment here. you can get as detailed as you want on job tracking, est./inv.,reports,etc. It also works with other est. software like Quick Estimator
     
  7. adaptivehomeservices

    adaptivehomeservices LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 59

    Thanks for all the suggestions. I purchased Quickbooks Pro today from Sams Club for $158. Time to get started!
     
  8. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
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    I bought QB Pro 2006 last January. I had been using an older version of Quicken, so was familiar with the basic needs. However, I had to spend a considerable amount of time to get QB Pro set up properly. In hindsight, I an perplexed why it took so much time, but I think the terminology set me off on the wrong path a few times.

    However, having spent much time during the down time, I became quite familiar with the software, and have been able to make changes to adapt at this season progressed. I know some folks have somebody else do the setup, but I preferred to spend the time to learn it myself. I wanted to be ready to make the changes I needed, when the time arose. Despite trying to run all the situations I could envision, after the season got rolling, some things still came up that required a bit of retooling.

    My point is to give yourself some setup time and some startup time at the beginning. I've read too many posts here on LS of folks that have run out and bought, came home and wanted to be fully operational the next day. Their outcome was frustration and disappointment.

    I'm pleased with the program in large part. But, I am disappointed that I cannot get the reports I desire. I've found no help in finding what I want, and am looking for program utilities to access the QB database so that I can write the reports I want. That is the "winter project."
     
  9. adaptivehomeservices

    adaptivehomeservices LawnSite Member
    from Midwest
    Posts: 59

    Roger-thank you for your post and your advice. I am in the infant stages of organizing and starting my business. I believe it will be to my benefit to learn the software before I get busy making and spending more money. I can only imagine what its like to be running full speed at 12 hours a day only to come home and try to learn you new software...sounds like a nightmare.

    I just formed my LLC, got my website domain name, setup my business email, working on a basic descriptive website and now learning the back end operations of my business...all without a single customer! lol I have run my own business before so I am trying to get organized from the start...the customers will come. Going with the theory...if you build it they will come...hopefully.
     
  10. captaingreen

    captaingreen LawnSite Senior Member
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    My point is to give yourself some setup time and some startup time at the beginning. I've read too many posts here on LS of folks that have run out and bought, came home and wanted to be fully operational the next day. Their outcome was frustration and disappointment.

    Having just purchased QB myself, going from Microsoft Money, I am curious what kind of reports you are not getting that you would like to have. Thats one thing I liked about MM is the wide range of reports I could generate.
     

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