taxes and keeping records?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by straightlinelawns, Feb 27, 2004.

  1. straightlinelawns

    straightlinelawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 67

    what is the best way to keep track of all your expenses and earnings without that expensive software. I've been in business for two years now and the business is starting to grow but I think I can get away with another year without the software. I have a computer with word, and excel so maybe I can make a sheet to keep track. any help would be great?
  2. LawnScapers of Dayton

    LawnScapers of Dayton LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Dayton, OH
    Messages: 2,572

    I did spreadsheets in Excel for years. But this year I spent $129 on Quickbooks Basic and that is much easier...

  3. muxx

    muxx LawnSite Member
    Messages: 187

    I have always used quickens and quickbooks and love them.
  4. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 6,042

    Quickbooks. This software saves me at least what it retails for every year. My version is 98 I think and it still does everything I need. It is wonderful that I can print a statement with invoice and payment history by just clicking whenever a client is late or thinks they already paid me because the invoice amount was the same two months in a row. I suck at paperwork and this program saves my ........
  5. macaw

    macaw LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 415

    Quickbooks No matter what it cost. It will be well worth it. My wife keeps my books and if there anything I need to know with a few clicks of the mouse there it is from what I did last year or 5 years
    ago from customer's to equipment
  6. dmk395

    dmk395 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Ma
    Messages: 1,006

    Quickbooks, Have your accountant tell you how to set it up. Best money I have ever spent on my business.
  7. sgallaher

    sgallaher LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Quicken is really the best. You can get a 30 day trial by calling them up and then buy it after that if you like it. Yes you can use excel but the time it takes to set up and knowledge of programing the cells to do the math for you you'd be better off buying Quicken. I would check on e-bay. I bought a older version (2002) new in box for like $40.
  8. jajwrigh

    jajwrigh LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Martinsville, IN
    Messages: 1,405

    Quicken small business and excel both. They work great for me!
  9. Team Gopher

    Team Gopher LawnSite Platinum Member
    from -
    Messages: 4,040

    Hi straightlinelawns,

    A lot of our clients use quickbooks for the accounting.
  10. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I use spreadsheets and databases in ms works. What version do you have? If you want mine to look at for ideas let me know your e-mail.

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