Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by SlimJim Z71, Dec 30, 2000.

  1. SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    GOOD GOD! After plowing this morning, I came home to get all the bills in order and get 'em mailed out. WHAT A MESS! I'm using Quickbooks right now, which is working great so far, but I need to learn more of the features.

    Just out of curiosity, what are you guys using? Is there a program out there better for our line of work? Thanks again!

  2. Dusty

    Dusty Member
    Messages: 82

    I am a low tech guy when it comes to this. A sales pad with your name and address is quick and easy. Use the 3 part carbon type and you can keep it in your cab with you. Easy to make notes as to start & finish time and any other details you want the customer to know, like how many times you plowed the lot and the time you did it. I use a numbered book and never have to worry about loosing a page.
  3. John Allin

    John Allin Addict
    Messages: 1,327

    There is a previous thread that outlines this in great detail. If you do a search, you should be able to get to it. Not sure what the thread was called though....
  4. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,235

    CLIP. My eyes are more blurry from looking at the computer the last three days than from getting 2-3 hours sleep and the rest of the day plowing.
  5. Alan

    Alan Addict
    Messages: 1,393

    Quickbooks user here and I'm looking at "Blizzard Buster" as well. Only problem is that the two can;t communicate so I will end up using one for billing and then getting the money into the system with the other.
  6. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 34,235

    CLIP does link with Quickbooks.
  7. OP
    SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Where do I find out some info on CLIP???

  8. Mueller Landscape Co

    Mueller Landscape Co Junior Member
    Messages: 1

  9. jimsmowin

    jimsmowin Senior Member
    Messages: 130

  10. OP
    SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    I just downloaded CLIP... now I just need to figure out how to use it. If it's good, maybe I'll get it. That's pretty cool that it will link to quickbooks.

  11. 4 Saisons

    4 Saisons Senior Member
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  12. plowking35

    plowking35 2000 Club Member
    from SE CT
    Messages: 2,923

    I am using quick books, and just did my billing. Took me an hr at the most. And I generated about 50 invoices.
    Its all in the set up for services. Once that is done, eack invoice shouldnt take more than 30sec to a minute.
  13. OP
    SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 Addict
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    I agree, it shouldn't take that long, but like I said, I still have to figure everything out. It's a really good program. It just seems like when I enter in a transaction, some things aren't showing up where they should be.

  14. sinclac

    sinclac Junior Member
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    If i were you i would look at Lawn Monkey 2001 its cheaper then clip and has a lot more features then clip.
  15. OP
    SlimJim Z71

    SlimJim Z71 Addict
    Messages: 1,031

    Is it good for snow plowing? I don't do landscaping right now, although, I have thought of getting into it.

  16. JCurtis

    JCurtis Banned
    Messages: 862

    I looked at Blizzard Buster, was interesting. However, I have a few jobs that demand hourly pricing, and Blizzard Buster doesn't do that. I talked to ADkad Technologies, and they suggested that I buy their landscaper program and $200 or $300 more than Blizzard Buster.
    I asked them if they had anythought of updating Blizzard Buster to include hourly proicing capabilities.

    They Don't ! so I wouldn't buy either one.
  17. lawn and stump

    lawn and stump Junior Member
    Messages: 14

    I use clip, it prints out great route sheets with instructions great if you use subs and the posting for my 70
    driveways takes under 10 min.
  18. Adkad

    Adkad Junior Member
    Messages: 1

    Blizzard Buster & Hourly Rates

    Blizzard Buster version 4.0 has the ability to charge hourly rates for any service...snowplowing, salting, snowblowing, bobcat, etc. The new and improved version has been available since August 2001.

    A free demo is available at:
  19. SLC1

    SLC1 Senior Member
    Messages: 242

    Thats why it is so much easier to have seasonal customers, we send out one invoice at the end of each month that is the same for five monthly payments, the only time I need to add is if we do stacking or hauling, then I need to keep track of the hours and bill that out seperatly. I do almost all of our winter bills in under four hours, because we do have a few per plows and per inch. But try to get all seasonal customers and it will be so much easier. Just my two cents

    PINEISLAND1 Veteran
    Messages: 664

    I agree with SLC1 !!

    Not only do I try to convince them to go seasonal, but I offer incentives of 5-10 percent to pay me the whole thing by December 1, and almost ALL of them did it last year!

    I only have enough per plow stuff to make up for an unusually long winter (so I dont go bankrupt) !