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Is Quickbooks right for me?

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by SnowMan4U, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. SnowMan4U

    SnowMan4U Member
    Messages: 43

    ..or should I choose another type of book keeping system? I'm giving my CPA a headache and he says I need to get either Quickbooks or something similar. Here's a run down on my business...

    One owner operator
    NO employees (And there never will be)
    2 Mowers (ZTR)
    3 trimmers
    2 blowers
    1 truck
    1 trailer
    60 clients
    plowing in the winter 1 truck and plow set-up
    currently paying taxes through CPA
    Fall clean ups
    work 5-6 days a week
  2. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    Get what your CPA wants you to use, it will make his life easier and cheaper for you in the long run.

    2 ZTR's and 3 Trimmers but no employee's:D
  3. SnowMan4U

    SnowMan4U Member
    Messages: 43

    Yea..sounds crazy right? I have 2 ZTR's because one is for sale. I have three trimmers because one gets used for grass (trimming), one for brush (Brush blade) and one will have either a power paddle or an edger on it. Ahhh the luxuries of working alone!:)
  4. DBL

    DBL PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,310

    i have quickbooks pro and it has so many features on it i dont even know how to use half of them but it is awesome and im gonna find out how to do more on because it can do anything
  5. DJ Contracting

    DJ Contracting PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,392

    If your cpa is asking for it than YES.
  6. norstar

    norstar Junior Member
    Messages: 3


    Very professional looking invoice, Kinda a pain at first cause ya have to first key in all your clients, then all your services, mowing,pruning, plowing and a rate for each. Once its running come in at night, key in your days work, key in any deposits. you always know where you stand with accts, who is late ect. you can also look back and see sales for a given month I use it for my telcom computer service company. I just take a back up to the acct and he does his thing from their. Just a hint if you wanna do a cash job do not make an Invoice make an Estimate.
    Good luck!

    FIREMAN Q Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    SnowMan, Where are you from. I might be interested in the the ztr??
  8. SnowMan4U

    SnowMan4U Member
    Messages: 43

    Western Mass

    edited by Charles: reason: No place here to advertise lawn Equipment
  9. remtech1

    remtech1 Junior Member
    Messages: 16

    Q-b Pro

    WHAT HE SAID: Ialso use q-b pro for my plowing & remodeling business. it takes a little to get set up , but once you are it makes things sooooooo much easier. payroll taxes/w-2/ w-3/ 10-99 /depreciation of trucks & equipmet/ expenses/invoices /estimates everything you need ,totally worth the investment. costs probabely 200. or so
  10. Laughterman

    Laughterman Junior Member
    Messages: 19

    I have been using QB Simple Start for a year now and that has been working very well. I like having the ability to quote things and then with a few clicks turn an estimate into an invoice. There was some initial entry work involved in getting it all set up at first but very worth it. Now, whenever my old lady wants to know who still owes us what I can click a few buttons and show her. I will probably be upgrading to QB Pro for payroll and accts payable functions but it sounds like for your needs you could easily get by with QB Simple Start. Cost is about $100 vs. $250 for Pro.
  11. GFX

    GFX Member
    Messages: 49

    I just recently bought QB's Pro for $149.00. Just went to the Sam's Club website and printed the page off. Took that page to Office Max where they matched the price of Sam's. Ended up also getting a free ream of paper because of the sale Office Max was having. Go for it. QB's is worth it especially if your accountant is asking for it.
  12. framer1901

    framer1901 Senior Member
    Messages: 852

    Quick Books Pro for 200 bucks is the cheapest investment ever. You will save that at least in the first year just on your tax prep fees.

    Buy it, get a book on it and learn about it. Go to your accountant and ask him how he wants it set up - between you both come up with a plan and go from there. My tax bill went from $1400 to 700 the first year.