Free or low price software?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Jimmykubish, Aug 23, 2012.

  1. Jimmykubish

    Jimmykubish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    I am currently using a free trial of gopher. I am liking it over my old paper methods. Its not to complex but does what i need it to do. Make a schedule, store customers, and track payments/ invoice people manually (just print out the invoice). I dont need anything fancy but i was hoping for something that would work on my iphone and computer. I would rather not pay a monthly fee. Either have it be free or one time low cost (gopher is only about $100 for the basic). Any suggestions? It doesnt need to be a dedicated landscaping program either. Just something that is simple and it works! alot of the expensive landscaping programs are wayyyyy more than I would ever want or need.
  2. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    Scheduling is the kicker.

    Many banks have invoicing services too for small business.
  3. jsf343

    jsf343 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,786

    My advice is just buy Quickbooks, if/when the IRS audits will be glad you did. Simple to learn, your able to track EVERYTHING, and has debt collection letters (which you will need someday). You can build a route list on Excel.

    just my .02
  4. ToddH

    ToddH LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,192

    I have and use Quickbooks too but it is not a schedule program nor is it cheap.
  5. Clay Sink

    Clay Sink LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I agree with jsf343, quickbooks works great for me. Inv. and Est. look great. do the scheduling on calendar software.
  6. TriCountyLawn

    TriCountyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,517

    Gopher here , I like you did the free trial and didnt want to spend an arm and a leg. Have been pretty happy with it.
  7. McFarland_Lawn_Care

    McFarland_Lawn_Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,445

    If you are planning on growing, then you need a lot more than you currently use. look at service autopilot.
  8. Jimmykubish

    Jimmykubish LawnSite Member
    Messages: 27

    service autopilot seems pretty nice but pricy at $50 a month. Anything else out there that has been tested/ works good on iphone? Is there any apps for the iphone that sync up with quickbooks?
  9. whiffyspark

    whiffyspark LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,578

    I had service autopilot but went to quick books.

    I was paying like 130 a month. I can't do that anymore
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  10. Buck Hollow Lawn Care

    Buck Hollow Lawn Care LawnSite Member
    from Vermont
    Messages: 109

    I use lawnaid, it makes scheduling easy, invoicing, estimates, everything. They have a 15 day free trial, I think it was a onetime $200 charge for the online program.
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