What's the best, cheap hvac business software?
I just finished school and started a service/repair business. HVAC tools are expensive enough and now I'm trying to find a simple, low cost book keeping and Invoice software. Quickbooks doesn't quite seem to quite fit the service field... I just want simple cost-parts/profit software and service invoice sheets and the like. I checked out some of the field related software and it costs $600 and up. Jeez! Anybody have any suggestions? Would very much apreciate the help. thanks!
Someday I will use more software and less paper on the bookkeeping.
I have always used a spreadsheet program to calculate pricing. I use a sliding scale in sections when figuring mark up on parts. Basically the lower the cost the more the mark up. I enter the cost of the part, repair time and the spreadsheet spits out the total price. I use my price list to give the customer the price before the work is done.
What do you want to spend, time or money? You can pay big bucks to get nice and polished flat rate pricing software, or you can build your own spreadsheet that does the same thing.
You must be very confident in your abilities to start a business from the ground up, fresh out of school, with no tools. I would recommend getting a job and working for someone else for at least 10 years, by then you will be seasoned enough to make the leap. We cant even sit for the state license test in NC without 2000 hours in the field. Good luck. As far as software, there are many different types. Try Quick books customer manager and invoice manager as a cheap start. You will need load calc and duct design software @ some point if you plan on doing installations.
interesting, in canada you must have 9000 legit, recorded hours before you can think about license testing. even after those hours i still found testing pretty tough.
So you are a company in this business and you do not have the tools needed? You also do not have a billing system? You want something "cheap" that sounds great ... you know something less expensive would work a lot better as opposed to something "cheap". You see something cheap is ... well cheap, how does it get to be cheap? ... by being made cheaply ... and what are the main ingredient used to make something cheap... "lack of quality" followed closely by "lack of quantity" and "lack of pride"
Originally Posted by freshandgreen1
So, I would suggest you "work" in the trade for a while and learn how it's done right first. Then off you go to become a great business owner who really knows his stuff. And then when someone asks you to do a job "cheap" you can tell them we do not do cheap, we can hopefully tailor a less expensive job to meet your budget. I think you and your potential customer will both be happier with the results. You also can look back at your work with pride ... and that's nice ...
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i use quickbooks simple start and it does very well i think... only thing i'd want off of quickbooks pro would be the inventory but i got spreadsheets for that. i went to staples and bought quickbooks simple start for $80 and got a rebate on it for $80. so in the end it was free. can't beat that.
What part of the world are you in that you can start a business right out of school........ err nvm thats right here in USA ........ except tradesman of course :-(
In order to succeed in HVAC you have to be good at it. If you have zero experience you will have a huge learning curve. If you are already seriously mechanically inclined, then you may have a better shot. But hey I appreciate your bravado.
Quickbooks online works great for us. The phone app allows us to send receipts via email and we are paperless and do not have to enter the information again. Cut bookeeping in half.
How in the world are you going to install this stuff with no experience...?
well done...single handed you just blew the value of time in trade out of contention. wish i were smart like you. what are you smokin friend...
Some of us are just slow learners I guess, I think my fresh out of school helper is pretending he dosen't know how to test gas pressure and what not.
Originally Posted by deerwhistle
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