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Old 04-06-2008, 07:22 PM
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Default Invoicing? How do YOU do it?

I'm curious how those of you who run your own companies do your invoicing. The shop I work at uses paper invoices, but I would like to, for my sandblasting and other side work, computerize invoices so that I can change things around until I find a setup that works well for me.

That said, I'm curious what you guys use for invoicing software? Tried downloading and using several trials from, however most of them seem to cater towards labor-only or item-only sales, rather than separating the invoice between parts and labor as using both is pretty common to the side-work that I do (fixing cars, sandblasting and welding). Not that I am currently charging taxes on material items, but in the future I hope and expect to be and having the two (parts and labor) separated for that cause will probably be pretty important
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:01 PM
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Why not use excel to itemize it?
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Old 04-06-2008, 08:42 PM
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G'buggy, I found several useful programs for just that while using the key search words "small trades business software".

If I can find my program after having re-loaded this computer, I'll post back. Most probably, what I need is on the farm computer.
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Old 04-06-2008, 09:30 PM
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I used paper invoices for many moons. After I got me first compooter, momma made an Excel worksheet for all the invoicing. We used that for maybe 5-6 years. Last year, we tried Quickbooks Simple Start. It works ok enough. Was a bit difficult to make the transition for me, but swmbo did well enough to jump in feets first with it. I kinda have it down now. It does a lot of tabulating for you...handy at tax time.

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Old 04-07-2008, 12:08 AM
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I use paper invoices mainly due to the fact I am at the customers home or ofice when doing the invoicing . I would recomend you look at someplace like staples or one of the other office type stores . I started out with 2 part NCR invoices from Stapples which are labeled contractors invoices and have seperate areas for labor and materials plus an area to write what ya did and a place in the labor area to put your times down. ( I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND YOU DONT CHARGE SALES TAX AS THAT OPENS A WHOOOOLE NEW CAN OF WORMS YOU DONT WANT TO OPEN ). I pay taxes on materials and equipment but I dont charge taxes .

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Old 04-07-2008, 09:30 AM
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I have been a Quickbooks user for years.

I would highly recommend the program. It easily handles what you outlined.

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Old 04-07-2008, 12:23 PM
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Another vote for quickbooks pro. It works on a network. I keep the good puter in the house office, and an old garage sale one in the shop. That way when the dust and grime kills the shop computer, every thing is safe and sound on the one in the safer enviroment.(know on wood)
Just remenber to back up your files on a regular basis, on both machines.
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:16 PM
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:22 PM
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If you are on a budget, you can give this a whirl.

It is microsoft offfice accounting express... Might do what you are looking for, and if not, hey, it is free.
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Old 04-08-2008, 04:48 PM
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Quickbooks Retail..easy to set up, plenty of features to allow it to 'grow' with you
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