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Which software?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by dvcroket, Feb 20, 2011.

  1. dvcroket

    dvcroket LawnSite Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 10

    I am a new solo operator looking for the best software solution for my business. I've read a lot of the threads on this site and have looked at reviews online etc. but am still having a hard time settling on which software to use. It seems as though the consensus leans toward Quickbooks but the reviews I'm reading online are not encouraging. I don't want to spend a ton of money on a program that has too way too many features for my current needs and would require excessive annual upgrade costs. My cpu's OS is Vista 64-bit and most reviews on QB indicate there a major conflict issues. Any additional advice would be helpful.
     
  2. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,045

    If your worried about conflicts with the software and 64bit Vista try an online software like quickbooks online or gopher. I have windows XP Pro and use quickbooks. Your best bet is to use a netbook or laptop with windows XP or Windows 7 and you can bring it with you anywhere.
     
  3. signature lawns

    signature lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    We use Quickbooks with a Vista 32bit OS with no problems.
     
  4. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,018

    Get the QB's now, you will end up there eventually. Hire a bookkeeper for a couple of hrs to help you set it up right.
     
  5. walker-talker

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

    I would start off simple, like Quicken and then you can always upgrade to QB if you ever hire employees. Keep your cost down for now. Quicken will most likely do whatever it is that you need done and more. I use Quicken Home & Business only because I need something to intergrate to my online banking. I download all transactions from my back to Quicken H&B. I only spend 20 minutes a month on bookeeping.
     
  6. QUALITY EDGE

    QUALITY EDGE LawnSite Member
    Messages: 18

    Has anyone ever used "Lawnpro" software?
     
  7. JFGLN

    JFGLN LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,018

    Quickbooks Pro is only $99 on Amazon.
     
  8. kirkmbrown2001

    kirkmbrown2001 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 265

    Gopher software would be great for you! They have 3 different levels that unlock different features. It is a one time fee to download it. I used that for two years and loved it! I just switched to another billing system that allows online bill pay but kinda regret the change. I still have the gopher software to fall back on though! It is make specifically for landscapers unlike quickbooks so it might better suit your needs. I have never used quickbooks so I really can't give my opinion on them. Go to Gopher's website to see if it will work for you!

    www.gophersoftware.com
     
  9. limaint

    limaint LawnSite Member
    from NY NY
    Messages: 98

    We are transitioning from Quickbooks to Groundskeeper pro....like it so far.
     
  10. elitelawnteam1

    elitelawnteam1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 410

    I use LawnPro4, it does the job
     

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