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    Is anyone aware of a flat rate pricing software that does not cost two arms and legs that is geared towards the "one man" operation? Mr. HVAC and those like it are so very expensive for a small business owner. Appreciate any info.

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    http://www.4youradvantage.com/ccprepair.htm

    check this out
    not as expensive but not as detailed either and it will take some time to modify it to fit your needs

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    also get a pro membership to this site it seems you will get more help in the pro's areas

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    Have you tried Calahan Roach? They have a monthly pay plan.

    What continues to blow my mind about flat rate pricing is everyone's objection to the initial cost.

    It will actually cost you more in lost revenue and profits not to purchase a flat rate system.

    If you had a truck with 150,000 miles on it and it was giving you nothing but trouble, how long would you vacillate before buying a new truck.

    Why the apprehension to spend $1000.00 or $2,000.00 on something else that will make you even more money.

    You can't make money without the truck. You can't make a lot of money without flat rate pricing.


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    Originally posted by HeyBob
    You can't make a lot of money without flat rate pricing.

    Thats a very debatable statement - we will of course hear from both sides of this great debate!
    "There are 10 types of people in the world.. those who understand binary, and those who don't."

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    Let me narrow it down a bit. In the residential service business, you can't make a lot of money without flat rate.

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    Is anybody successfully using flat rate pricing on commercial work? Commercial refrigeration?

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    Originally posted by hvacmd2002
    Is anybody successfully using flat rate pricing on commercial work? Commercial refrigeration?
    For your off the shelf cut and dried repairs, yes you can make money.

    For difficult refrigeration problems it might be a different story.


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    we will never use flat rate pricing. In commercial and industrial HVACR there are just too many variables. If you ran into a difficult troubleshoot you could lose your shirt. We charge by the hour with 100% markup on most parts.No one has complained yet.

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    Originally posted by hvac_gitrdone
    Is anyone aware of a flat rate pricing software that does not cost two arms and legs that is geared towards the "one man" operation? Mr. HVAC and those like it are so very expensive for a small business owner. Appreciate any info.
    What software are you using for your service management? Some let you set up your own flat rate pricing. We use Wintac Pro and print our own books right from the program. Besides saving us a bundle on separate flat rate software, we have full control to set things exactly how we want.

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    I Though You said They were Cheap $1000.00 Chickens....Got To Pluck a lot Of feathers....Or One Small Gator.
    Refrigeration...Finding the Wright Wrench to pound in the correct..Screw

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    $1,000.00 to $2,000.00 for a flat rate system is an incredibly cheap investment for your business when you consider how great the return is.


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    I think the problem is that when you start looking into flat rate you do not realize how much it will benifit you.

    there are so many things for sale to contractors all promising to boost profits that if you bought into every one you would have to have donald trumps bank account


    and yes 2 grand is a lot of money if you feel like you are just throwing it out the window

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