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Old 1st February 2006, 10:36 AM   #11
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Thumbs up Excellent insights!

This is a terrifically helpful post. Where else can you get such quick incisive critiquing of business products? Or recommendations to products without the huge advertising budgets behind them, that you might never have heard of except for someone mentioning them here?

I'd love to hear more about which software products readers would recommend.

Keep 'em coming!

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Old 5th March 2006, 01:27 PM   #12

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Default The best field service software i have ever seen and used.

For any of you small business owners who own and operate field service companies, i.e. maid service, hvac, pc repair, janitorial, etc. I purchase a software called ServiceCEO which integrates with QuickBooks. This software has changed my business for the better and I am seeing profits I thought I never would. ServiceCEO handles, my client base, scheduling of teams, billing, invoicing, credit card processing and so much more. I own a residential cleaning business and without this software I would still be a small 3 person company with less than 100 clients. You can check out the software at www.insightdirect.com. Be ready to pay around $2500.00 for the software but, keep in mind that I saw an ROI within 3 weeks of using the software properly.

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Old 15th August 2006, 06:38 AM   #13
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After 12 years of writing business software for other organizations, we've just release our own software that can be used for managing a small business. We've also posted a series of articles that will give people something to think about when deciding which software package will be most suited to their needs. You are most welcome to have a look.

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Old 16th August 2006, 01:40 PM   #14
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Old 16th September 2006, 05:49 PM   #15

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Default Business software recommendations


I see a lot of people have already recommended QuickBooks, which is a great start. We use the online version and it is perfect for our needs.

But no one has mentioned anything about how to keep track of your leads, customers, activities, and sales opportunities.

No business is complete without a good way to manage the sales activity and keep track of your valuable customer information.

You may want to look into Contact Management or Customer Relationship Management solutions to round out your technology platform. Some recommendations:

For the Desk top: If you are one person company and/or don't need to access your customer information from the road, ACT! and Goldmine are the market leaders.

Web based: If you are independently wealthy or just like to spend way too much money than you need to, try salesforce.com.

If you are a programmer and like to write your code to get what you need from a software package, try Sugar CRM.

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Old 18th June 2014, 05:28 PM   #16
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I'm surprised nobody has recommended XERO. Definitely worth a look.

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Old 4th December 2015, 04:47 AM   #17

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I encourage you. Hope you are doing well. I recommend you to Apptivo. They can assist for small business and enterprises.

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Old 21st January 2016, 03:01 AM   #18

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As per my opinion, QuickBooks is the best alternative for you. It offers both desktop and online version. You can select one over the other according to your business needs. It has a broad range of features for all kinds of small businesses.

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Old 2nd July 2017, 11:40 PM   #19
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You can use Quickbooks and to help you keep tabs and organize your data, you can sync the tool with your CRM and your phone system using Tenfold. This allows you to access all the relevant data you need to work on under a single unified interface. No data gets lost, hence, you only use accurate data. Cheers!

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Old 12th July 2019, 01:55 AM   #20

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Great to see such number of QuickBooks fans! I am also a user of QB since long now but what I did is took my QuickBooks desktop to the cloud. QuickBooks Cloud Hosting solution has eased the way I do my work significantly. Along with invoicing, advanced reporting, tracking bills & expenses, the cloud solution comes to help at multi-user collaboration with my team along with real-time access to all sales, income, invoices, etc. Also, the thought of accessing my excel work files while traveling is what makes it an efficient solution.

I would thoroughly recommend QuickBooks users to upgrade their services and give a try to hosting.

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