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Billing your customers...

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by LAJack, Jul 27, 2007.

  1. LAJack

    LAJack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I recently started a mowing business and have been slowly building my customer list. One thing that is getting hard to manage is: who to bill, for what, and how often. I need a system here.

    I saw the thread about GroundsKeeper, but that's too much for me. I want something simple and preferably something that I can easily email my bills with.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    I use Quickbooks pro 2006. Not the absolute best system out there for the green industry but works good for me for now.
  3. Sydenstricker Landscaping

    Sydenstricker Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,281

    Try Gopher Basic Edition. It is 99 bucks for the program. I like it, and use it for all of my billing, etc.
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    I'm using Quickbooks Pro right now and it has really helped me out alot. Began using it in the beginning of the season and getting it all set up was a pain but this program really has no limits as to what it can do. You can e-mail invoices, estimates and such from the program and also manage all of your customers. As for routes and what not that is still up to you to create. Great program IMO
  5. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    Yet another vote for Quickbooks!
  6. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 532

    I'm trying out gopher now for free to see if I like it. How do you usually bill? Do you leave an invoice for every visit or do you mail at the end of the month? I guess it depends on the sevice agreement, right??
  7. Kut N Edge

    Kut N Edge LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Is Quickbooks free?
  8. westwind

    westwind LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 444

    NO, but you get what you pay for.
  9. LAJack

    LAJack LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    You know, I really don't want to go down the quickbooks path -- I don't want to have to learn accounting. I'll engage an accountant for the tax part of it. I just want an easy way to send known bills over and over without a lot of fuss. For the person who asked how often I bill: I only bill at month-end.

    The entry level quickbooks is at least $99. Sounds like gopher is the same. Any cheaper options??

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