Your Opinion!! Quickbooks or ????????

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Fowen22, May 24, 2006.

  1. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Recently bought Quickbooks Pro for $200. Seems to work well for Billing but kinda hard to Organize and set up my invoices or statements for monthly lawn service ITEMS.

    I>E> Item: Monthly Lawn Service (May)

    I have Different Priced Contracts so it wont let me use a different price for that item. Any Suggestions?

    Also should I have gone with a different program for this.

    :cry:
     
  2. bullethead

    bullethead LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 273

    once you enter an amount for a particular customer - add it to your memorized transactions list - next week, month or whatever the billing frequency is - just click it and your done
     
  3. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Thanks, that helped some.
     
  4. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Anyone use or heard of this software?
     
  5. Freddy_Kruger

    Freddy_Kruger LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,064

    I have it but haven't had teh chance to use it, I just bought a book called The missing Manual. I'm not sure I will use it as a customer manager which is what I was hoping. Its' hard to set up right, I will have to read the book :(

    btw, you paid too much. I paid $150 canadian.
     
  6. grnkeepers

    grnkeepers LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 28

    I recommend QXpress. 1-877-529-6659

    It works seamlessly with QuickBooks and handles everything you need. Fantastic software company, fantastic software.

    Tell them Stan sent ya! :)
     
  7. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Is this a seperate program or is it a just a Quick Books add-on??
     
  8. grnkeepers

    grnkeepers LawnSite Member
    from midwest
    Posts: 28

    Fowen22,
    QXpress is a software that integrates with QuickBooks. You need QB AND QXpress to run. They compliment each other VERY nicely.

    QuickBooks is great at accounting. But it does poorly on repeat billings that may vary in amounts, jobs etc.
    QB also does not do scheduling.

    If you do a search on the forum here, and other forums you may know about, you will find that QXpress is pretty much the heads up choice of the contractors.

    Now there are programs that stand alone and do not require QB to bill. Some others that "say" they'll integrate but if you ask around you'll find they integrate poorly.

    Yet the idea of integrated software is so that you always know your numbers by accessing just your accounting software. Why do double entry duty?

    Most of the original Clip Software power users I know have switched over to QXpress.
    Of all the mistakes I've made the worst was making the decision to settle on a business software that I would have to replace as my company grew in size and profitability. You end up having to re-learn a new software just when your focus should be on your next company expansion. Ugly lesson.

    QXpress will handle you all the way thru. Ask around or do that search.
    Shucks, they'll even rent to you on a monthly basis until you make up your mind it is what you want. In fact they'll allow the first three months rent to go 100% towards the purchase if you choose. You don't like it you cancel and walk away. You like it and buy you haven't lost a dime in rental.
    Win-win my friend.

    Hope all ends well.
     
  9. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,516

    QXpress from alocet is the way to go.
    I have been using it for 4 years now and I love it.:clapping: I have 3/4 of my customers set up on contracts and once the info is put in a couple clicks and invoices are done in quickbooks. I also have the add on for the palm pilot and this has cut down on the paper trail I used to have.
    Their support is awesome....
    check the program out
    www.alocet.com
     
  10. Fowen22

    Fowen22 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 15

    Thanks Guys I really Appreciate this. Atleast now i wont have to throw $200 dollars down the drain. Thanks

    Also do you have the standard, Gold or Platinum QxPress? Because I also do some landscaping so with would work for the best price?
     

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