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If I buy Quick books pro do I have to keep buying a new version every year?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by soloscaperman, Nov 10, 2010.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    I really don't want to spend $200 every year for a new version. I really don't know that much when it comes to upgrading this kind of software. I like pro since you can track your expenses easier.
  2. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    No, you don't have to buy an upgrade every year. lUpdates are downloaded on a regular basis, and you install them on your computer. Perhaps you will want to buy a new copy every three years to have a new foundation. I have 2009 Pro, and started with R5. The newest one is R12(?). All updates between have been downloaded, and I choose when to update. It is very easy.

    Your initial cost should be nearly half of what you cited.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,777

    They want you to. They do disable some features if you don't upgrade, mainly the emailing of invoices and tax tables.
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  4. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    For a small guy like you and me, making your own stuff on paper is a while lot easier and cheaper.
  5. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    And, "stuff" would be...?
  6. Scagmower48

    Scagmower48 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 430

    I guess I should have been more exact:

    I make my own invoices on MS Word, and then I write in the dates I mowed the lawn and other services I did.

    I also have a ledger that keeps track of my earnings for year end, and quarterly sales tax.

    The way I do things hardly costs me any money, and it is quick and easy.
  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    Scagmower48, you mention nothing about expenses.

    No matter how small you are, keeping your financial house in order is key to success. How do you expect to be a viable business working out of "shoebox," so to speak? What reports do you provide your accountant for tax preparation?

    I know some people have posted here about wanting a program to make invoices. I always ask the question: How are you managing your financial matters? Why would anybody want to enter information into an invoice-only program, only to enter them again into a program to manage finances.

    $125 for a program like QuickBooks is trivial for a small business.
  8. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,903

    look at quickbooks how ever you want but I view it as the most important tool I own.
  9. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    Time savings, safety, and organizing is very important for every business when it comes to money and data. I have the lower version and love it. I backup it daily just to be safe and the invoices are simple, professional and quick. I guess I will buy the 2011 Quick books pro unless it's not worth it and buy the older version for cheaper.
  10. zturncutter

    zturncutter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,308

    I am using Quickbooks pro 2009 now and love it but am thinking about trying quickbooks online so I can access my records in the field. Has any one been using the online version ?

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