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what software to use????

Discussion in 'Business Fundamentals' started by FeelLikeANumber, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. FeelLikeANumber

    FeelLikeANumber Member
    Messages: 63

    Its my third year plowing and I'll be buying a new vehicle and plow and also looking to update my software. For the time being I was using regular microsoft word to do bills in a simplistic spreadsheet format. I want to upgrade that part of my business also. What is a good software to use for bills and keeping track of customers things of that nature? What do the pros use, and what aspects about the software do you like/find most convienent??? Any response is appreciated, thank you.
  2. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    Not sure if I'm a pro or not,but I use a pen and paper!
  3. ScnicExcellence

    ScnicExcellence Senior Member
    Messages: 352

    i would say stick to what you know, if it is working for you then great. always back up your computer stuff though, cause if you loose it and have nothing else your screwed.
  4. Griffinlc

    Griffinlc Junior Member
    Messages: 17

    Quick Books works pretty nice for me. Just plan on taking some time to learn how to use it correctly, maybe even hire an expert to teach you. Once set up, it can really teach you a lot when you run reports.
  5. Snowpower

    Snowpower Senior Member
    Messages: 636

    Quickbooks Simple Start is all you'll ever need, but be careful running it on machines with Vista Operating Systems.....2007 and 2008 have some issues running on Vista but fairly easy fixes are available.....

    Took me a few tweaks but i finally got mine working 100%
  6. cts

    cts Junior Member
    Messages: 8

    Take a look at CrewTracker Software - www.crewtrackersoftware.com
    I'd be happy to talk with you about your software needs. My cell is 913-207-7485. I'm on the CrewTracker team and our software is listed on Plowsite. Give me a call.
  7. Ipushsnow

    Ipushsnow Senior Member
    Messages: 314

    I used Word for my invoices and stuff when I first started and now I have quick books, it works awesome. Like Griff says, take the time to use it properly and you will love it.
  8. Enzo

    Enzo Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    QUICKBOOKS! I love it and its the way to go
  9. bluerage94

    bluerage94 Senior Member
    Messages: 398

    Quick Books Pro..........
  10. snowman55

    snowman55 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,071

    crew tracker is good but really expensive and it is mainly for routing and planning. I used to use spread sheet and quickbooks but this year we invested in a custom program and it is awesome. I look forward to bringing it to market soon
  11. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    Quickbooks Pro all the way... I use it for everything... Just like Griffinlc said it is a little difficult to learn but I love it now. I have it generate all my bids and contracts... I SWEAR BY IT. The guys love it as well because I can make the checks out right there for them!

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  14. tom_mccauley

    tom_mccauley Senior Member
    Messages: 465

    P.M. sent--- perfect software for you! It's called "Pro Invoice v 1.0" best of all it's free!!!!
  15. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    how does quickbooks generate contracts?
  16. Grisi24

    Grisi24 Senior Member
    Messages: 166


    Wow this is bad. I'm using my blackberry for this. This site is now part of my soul!

    Back to the topic. I have a contract template setup for quickbooks to input data into. Its working well so far.
  17. elite1msmith

    elite1msmith 2000 Club Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 2,762

    what about all the wording , and verbage that goes into it? if your contracts like 3 pages long? and iv done the pda thing myslef.... lol