Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by lawncare18, Jul 28, 2006.

  1. lawncare18

    lawncare18 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 742

    Where do you guys get invoice papers made up .. say with your company name on them... carbon paper where you can keep a copy give one tot hem and file one away? anyone do somehting like this to keep track of money and to give custumers a receipt of such work you have done for them, with the amount they owe.
  2. sweatyclippingcoveredguy

    sweatyclippingcoveredguy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 183

    You can get invoice programs that keep track of payments, and generate alot of these things automatically. Billing is SOO much faster, these programs are the way to go, all you have to do is type the 1st letter or so in someone's name and all there information comes up. GET ONE!:drinkup:
  3. onthesidelawncare

    onthesidelawncare LawnSite Member
    from Jax. FL
    Messages: 43

    I have lawn pro and it seems to work pretty good
  4. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Try Gopher, it is alot of work to get setup like you want but once you spend the time to get all of your accnts on there it makes billing much easier. They give you a free demo of it for 1 month try it and see what you think. Their sponsor link is up top middle.

    FATWEASEL LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 326

    Look in the yellow pages under "Printing". Any print shop or some place like OfficeMax can make custom invoices for you or you should be able to pick up generic ones there also.

    I use Quicken 2006 Premier Home and Business. I got it at Costco for $56 after the $20 rebate. I'm sure it's not the absolute best but it was pretty cheap and it gets the job done.

    I keep my records on my computer and I can also download info from my bank accounts. You can also email the invoices or buy an all-in-one print/fax/scan/copy machine and fax the invoice usually if it's a commercial account.

    Like I said, Quicken's not the best but you can customize the format of the invoice and even add you company logo if you'd like. It also keeps up with cash flow as far as what's paid and what's not, who owes and how much, etc...

    You can do quite a bit of customizing but I just haven't had time to really sit down and dig in.:hammerhead:

  6. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    you can also get carbon copy generic work orders from staples/office depot if you don't want the initial expense of printing
  7. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I've had some stuff printed up from staples. The pricing was pretty good and it was better then the generic invoice books in the tablet section. Do what-ever your budget permits, but I do strongly advise on avoiding nebs as they are quite expensive! JMO

    PMLAWN LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,534

    Do yourself a favor and start up right- Get Gopher or Quick Books, It will not only do invoices but keep tract of the total business and at years end copy a disk to send to your accountant and you are done with taxes.
    It will allow you to print your invoice any way you want and even print your name or logo in color at the top.
  9. 29 Palms Property Management

    29 Palms Property Management LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 347

    I second that. I use Quick Books and it saves so much time, and it really does it all for you. Like PM said, the reports are always up to date, with no figuring at all. Print it out and send/give a copy to the accountant and your done. The customer invoices look great with logo on them and it's easy to keep track of things!
  10. K&A Lawncare

    K&A Lawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 38

    I am using the free demo of Gopher and just can't find anything wrong with it yet.

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