Software better than Quickbooks?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Barefoot Landscaping, Dec 30, 2001.

  1. Barefoot Landscaping

    Barefoot Landscaping LawnSite Member
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    I am brand new to this forum.....really good stuff on here. I am just getting back into the business(long story, read my profile), and need some software that my accountant can use as well as me. I have heard about Groundskeeper Pro, but am wondering if it is any good. Please give feedback, and thank you ahead of time.

    P.S. I am currently seeking a business partner in the Rock Hill, SC area. Please contact me if you are interested by e-mail.
     
  2. eslawns

    eslawns LawnSite Senior Member
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    You need to tell us what you want to use the software to do. As far as routing and scheduling go, QB won't help you at all. It's an accounting application. If you are good with computers and have the time, MSOffice will do literally everything, and can be customized. However, there are quite a few products for this industry (Lawn Monkey, CLIP, WINTAC, and others) Check out Lawn and Lanscape or PRO trade magazines.

    BTW, I use CLIP for routing, scheduling and billing, but use Peachtree for all accounting. They were both cheap and easy to use.
     
  3. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    Many accountant offices now use quickbooks. If your accountant suggests using this, then give QBExpress by alocet a try for your routing/scheduling. http:\alocet.com

    They're also the manufacturer's of Lawn Monkey

    Goo luck
     
  4. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Eslawns,
    If CLIP was cheap, you must have a small LCO w/ <100 accounts (CLIP Lite?) Clip is cheaper than ARBOR GOLD only. That program is so expensive I know of noone even using it!
     
  5. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
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    I am also in the same position as Barefoot Landscaping. Barefoot, I am currently demoing Groundskeeper Pro and I am impressed. You can do routing, scheduling, invoicing, payroll, estimate sheets, apply payments, income stats, and pay bills online. However, I believe Clip can also do the same. I have requested a free demo CD from them also. Personally, I did not care for Lawn Monkey.
    Excellent site as always!!!
     
  6. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    May I ask why?
     
  7. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
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    LoneStarLawn,
    I confused Lawn Monkey with a snow plowing software (no names). After your reply, I looked at Lawn Monkey's site to refresh my memory. It "appears" to be similiar, to Groundskeeper Pro and Clip. Lawn Monkey is also compatible with PDA's, which I am also considering in the future as my business grow.
     
  8. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    We have demoed all three and one other (real green) and found out that Lawn Monkey suits our needs the best. I asked because I was curious on what you didn't like.
     
  9. stahls2

    stahls2 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 54

    LoneStarLawn,
    I have only twelve residential accounts as of now. (Snowing, as I type this message). However, I am confident my accounts will increase rapidly and I want to be known as a professional. My question, can you tell me some of your needs. Your needs are probably very similiar to mine. I am seeking a professional software package that can do everything. Accounting, payroll, pay bills, estimating, scheduling, routing, compatible with PDA's, and anything else I can't think of at this time.
     
  10. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,415

    We wanted a program that had alot of features. That was expandable as we needed more. That was easy to use from almost the start.

    We obviously do not do any plowing, but I am sure Lawn Monkey or QB express could fit your needs. I suggest you try out the demo and see for yourself.

    Lawn Monkey fits want you have listed.
     

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