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Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by ajordan193, Dec 12, 2005.

  1. ajordan193

    ajordan193 LawnSite Senior Member
    from WNY
    Messages: 460

    what software are you guys using to mangae all of your accounts, invoices, etc...i'm looking for something basic since i will not be paying employees.

    Thanks Andrew
  2. dsmrolla06

    dsmrolla06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I use ACT. Once you learn how to use it, you can customize it, and it becomes a great contact management software. I also am using it for scheduling and routing of crews.
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690

    Quick-Books pro now, about to switch over to Microsoft Small Business Accounting, we'll see how that goes.
  4. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    Yes....let us know how that goes..ok?

    As far as scheduling and invoicing goes, there are many out there and most will let you have a free demo. I persoanlly use Lawn Monkey. It will cost you around $850 and then another $300 a year for updates and tech support after the first year. PM me if you have and questions about it, if you are interested. A more affodable one is Gopher...go to their website to see prices.
  5. dsmrolla06

    dsmrolla06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    Wow, $850 plus $300 a year seems really expensive for lawn software. I was lucky enough to have act 6.0 and quickbooks pro for free, not to mention microsoft streets and trips for routing as well. I cant see spending the extra grand for software... I think act does a nice job with the scheduling as long as you learn how to use it. Not sure on the price of act, but i think its only 200-300.
  6. ooo

    ooo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 235

    If you have some free time during the offseason, get MS Excel and with a little time you'll figure it out. I use that for Invoices, Estimates, weekly cutting and work schedule, employee hours and keeping a history of all work performed at each location. I only have one person working for me and about 50 customers, but it does the trick at a low cost.
  7. walker-talker

    walker-talker LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Midwest
    Messages: 4,771

    You are right...it is, but it's a powerful piece of software. With all the features like mail merge, label making and too numerous to mention reports....I really like it. Take a look at Gopher...I think they are in your price range and have heard good things about the program and tech support.

    Good luck
  8. dsmrolla06

    dsmrolla06 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 305

    I have a copy of both the lawn monkey and the q express demos. The gopher didnt work when i tried to open it. Im using act and am so far pretty happy with it. I can customize it to do pretty much anything, and it also has the customizable reports and mailmerge. I think i will save myself the few hundred bucks and stick with act and quickbooks. I dont see myself really neeing anything those cant offer.
  9. MacLawnCo

    MacLawnCo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,847

    so how do you get your data from ACT to QB? im a QX user and have experienced absolutely no issues. I love this program.
  10. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    we use quickbooks

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