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Old 08-08-2010, 05:17 PM   #1
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I did a search for the best business software, and did not find anything conclusive on the Zone. So, let me ask a very direct question in hopes of getting simple answers.

For a small shop 1-5 employees, residential service, and remodel plumbing. What is the best business software to use? Not trying to be a jerk, but if you don't fit the parameters please don't respond. If you were at one time, then please do.

From what I found Quickbooks seems to fit the bill, but according to an independent org. MYOB seems the best buy. The site did not specify a plumbing business, so that is why I am asking.

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Old 08-08-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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quick books pro is all I have used for 12 years

very simple, very easy ...very cheap
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You say "Business Software" and mention MYOB and QB. Those are both accounting only programs. I hear MYOB is a good program but there arent as many features as QB such as payroll and integrated merchant services. I currently use QB Pro Contractor Edition and it gets the job done. Nice simple easy to use. Merchant service processing is easy to use and has lots of useful functions such as online terminal, auto processing. Having said that, I am in the middle of converting to Succesware as it has tons of industry specific features for management as well as accounting, such as service history, warranty tracking for equipment on installs, agreements. Most of all the scheduling and dispatching features are awesome. I tried some scheduling add on apps from Intuit for QB that were complete garbage. If all you want is accounting though, I would say QB Pro is the absolute best bang for your buck.
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Quickbooks for accounting . . . most CPAs are very familiar with it. Learning curve is not that steep.

I have looked into Total Office Management - looks like an excellent program for a plumbing service business. Too expensive for the time being and number of employees. At some point I might take the leap.

Aptora Software for creating your own pricebooks.
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Quickbooks Pro. here.
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Quickbooks for accounting . . . most CPAs are very familiar with it. Learning curve is not that steep.

I have looked into Total Office Management - looks like an excellent program for a plumbing service business. Too expensive for the time being and number of employees. At some point I might take the leap.

Aptora Software for creating your own pricebooks.

you already stated it all with the fact that most accontants
are very familiar with quick books.... that keeps your accounting costs down to a bare minimum...

and you are not at the mercy of any secretaries that
claim they are worth what you are paying them and
only want to steal you blind......


the other thing you have to think about is the cold hard fact that most of us are plumbers ... we are probably street smart but not possibly book smart as we need to be

and most of us are not in the mood to go back and take a college course just to figure out how in the heck to run the complicated software programs you just bought ....


I keep things real simple with quick books for deposits and bills, and I use ADP for my payroll each week and taxes..

I think it all could be done on quick books but I am too dumb or lazy to figure that out either.....it all wroks like a well greased machine.....

kiss......keep it simple stupid....
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I have to say that I have File Maker 11 Pro for Mac and it is a nice simple program with some nice templates you can tweek to your needs. I've been designing my "System" for a couple of months now and I'm liking it.
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I have to say that I have File Maker 11 Pro for Mac and it is a nice simple program with some nice templates you can tweek to your needs. I've been designing my "System" for a couple of months now and I'm liking it.
I use filemaker 10 and have it hosted online and I made it so i have all my invoices customers and my job scheduler on it. I can access it from anywhere on my laptop.
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