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invoice programs

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by bulldogg, Nov 4, 2009.

  1. bulldogg

    bulldogg LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    I am curious as to what programs you guys are using to invoice and write estimates with. Are there any lawn care specific programs that are good and worth the money?

  2. SangerLawn

    SangerLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    from indiana
    Messages: 736

    We have tried several including some that use to advertise on this site. We didn’t like any of them. Some had some pretty neat features but over all they were not worth the money.

    We have been using quikbooks for nearly 2 years. Well worth the money. It makes great invoices, keeps up with all receipts, customers, employees, job times, ect. At any point you can look at graphs to see your income verse expense. I would recommend this program to anyone.
  3. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Sending you aa pm
  4. g21

    g21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 326

    Save yourself a lot of time and aggravation. Buy Quickbooks Pro. Invoicing is just one small task in running your business from the administrative side. You will need QuickBooks to generate profit and loss statements, budgeting, receivables and payable statements, etc. It will all seem overwhelming at first...but take your time. This is the most important side of your business!

  5. CapitalLawnGroup

    CapitalLawnGroup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    quickbooks pro 09 is great. It has everything you could possibly need, if you don't have it BUY IT. Also makes tax time a breeze
  6. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    I agree - most lawn/tree programs I have demo'd are expensive & time consuming. Too many steps to take plugging in info.

    Here's what I want: "printed invoices" and a "map" for about 25 stops per day per man.

    I have Quick Books Pro 2009, but have not installed it yet (cuz we use Peach Tree for accounting).

    Question: Can I buy Map Quest and combine it with Quick Books? I would have all customer records on a separate computer from our Peach Tree thing that my wife uses to do the books.

    Bottom line, will Quick Books & Map Quest do the job for my guys on a daily basis?

    Thanks, Larry

  7. Roger

    Roger LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,937

    What g21 said, ... Very good advice.
  8. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
    Messages: 5,946

    So will Quickbooks & Mapquest do what we need? rscvp, thanks
  9. CapitalLawnGroup

    CapitalLawnGroup LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    I don't know anyway to link the two together, but I don't know why you would need to. You have the address, just google and print
  10. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,612

    Quickbooks Pro. I do 45 to 50 invoices per month, so it still takes a couple of hours. I buy the window envelopes, the customer's address shows through the window, so no address lables to deal with. Or I email invoices directly from Quickbooks.

    When I get customer checks, I just log them in. It is a big help with tracking receivables. You can print out statements that show the customer invoices and payment history if they miss a payment.

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