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    Hey guys!

    For now, I'll just be writing up the invoices manually instead of using a computer program since I don't have a laptop to carry around in my van and I'll be getting service calls throughout the day (hopefully).

    For those that do manual invoices, do you go through Nebs or is there another company that offers "professional" invoices?

    Thanks in advance for any help
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    I couldn't find any I liked through Nebs or anyone else. If you are charging T&M, then Nebs is good. But I have to custom-print my own since I'm flat-rate.
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    • #3
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      nebs should have all the up to date legal mumbo jumbo already pre printed for your state.

      the great thing about a lap top is the ability to pull up any invoice at any time. no to mention all your contact list and material pricing.

      a laptop that will do all you need and a portable printer will be well under $1,000. depending on an invoice program $40.- $300. will be the rest of the ticket.

      start off with the forms and try to transition to a computer. your customers and accountant will really appreciate it

      my current system i use has 9 years worth of info at my disposal. not just billing info, but real job, customer notes. almost like medical records for a doctor

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      • #4
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        I'll buy a small quantity of certain forms, then I'll manually copy that on microsoft word or whatever, then print out a mass quantity for the future. I don't take my laptop with me either. I do the same with contracts, but each job is different so it'll get slightly changed for that job....
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        • #5
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          Thanks for the input, guys!

          I might buy some sort of computer program for keeping track of invoices and customer information, but I can always input that after the day is over with (for now). I'll be getting 2 part invoices so I can leave one for the customer and have one for my records.

          In the future, I'd like to have the laptop on the van along with maybe a printer to print invoices and have it look custom.

          Thanks again!
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          • #6
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            Originally posted by HouseOfAtlas View Post
            Hey guys!

            For now, I'll just be writing up the invoices manually instead of using a computer program since I don't have a laptop to carry around in my van and I'll be getting service calls throughout the day (hopefully).

            For those that do manual invoices, do you go through Nebs or is there another company that offers "professional" invoices?

            Thanks in advance for any help
            Nebs is a great resource for a small (but very qualified) operation. Consider a three part copy and take documentation of your work very seriously (especially recommendations that were not approved by the customers). That written document will save your hiny more than once over the years.

            Original for the current year file, 1 copy to the customer, and 1 copy to the 7 year file (stored off site).
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              Originally posted by spodelee View Post
              Nebs is a great resource for a small (but very qualified) operation. Consider a three part copy and take documentation of your work very seriously (especially recommendations that were not approved by the customers). That written document will save your hiny more than once over the years.

              Original for the current year file, 1 copy to the customer, and 1 copy to the 7 year file (stored off site).
              Makes complete sense Thanks!
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              • #8
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                So whats a good invoice software program? I already have a notebook.

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                • #9
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                  I use My Invoices and Estimates Deluxe based on the recommendation by Drain Medic and Plumber Rick. It works very well and is easily customizable. Since I don't have a laptop yet, I mail out my invoices and this hasn't been a problem with any of my customers.
                  Buy cheap, buy twice.

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                  • #10
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                    Thanks GJ. I went to cnet.com, downloaded the trial version but it wont install for some reason. Since 3 of you recommend it, maybe I'll buy the full version and be done with it. Was hoping to try it out first.
                    Thanks again.

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                    • #11
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                      Originally posted by Twicepipes View Post
                      Thanks GJ. I went to cnet.com, downloaded the trial version but it wont install for some reason. Since 3 of you recommend it, maybe I'll buy the full version and be done with it. Was hoping to try it out first.
                      Thanks again.
                      It is a very simple, basic program to navigate, yet it seems pretty inclusive. I know Rick's favorite part is being able to run reports from the data-it is a life saver at tax time!
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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by HouseOfAtlas View Post
                        Hey guys!

                        For now, I'll just be writing up the invoices manually instead of using a computer program since I don't have a laptop to carry around in my van and I'll be getting service calls throughout the day (hopefully).

                        For those that do manual invoices, do you go through Nebs or is there another company that offers "professional" invoices?

                        Thanks in advance for any help




                        I had Nebs do a custom one for me, I took one of their templetes and added my info and logo, very nice, I was very happy, they did a great job and I was 150% pleased. I had front and back printing on mine.

                        I still have a few old ones i need to finish, can't wait to start using the new ones!!
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Twicepipes View Post
                          Thanks GJ. I went to cnet.com, downloaded the trial version but it wont install for some reason. Since 3 of you recommend it, maybe I'll buy the full version and be done with it. Was hoping to try it out first.
                          Thanks again.
                          It only cost 40 and can be found either at office max or office depot, can't remember which one.
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                          • #14
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                            I enter all my accounting into quickbooks, and there is an accounting breakdown on the back, shows my profit, cost of materials, etc.

                            My quickbooks is easy at the end of the year, 10 minute copy to a disk and off to the accountant, all done

                            My Paper invoices kind of back up my computer, this way I do not have all my egg's in one basket.
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                              Originally posted by westcoastplumber View Post
                              I enter all my accounting into quickbooks, and there is an accounting breakdown on the back, shows my profit, cost of materials, etc.

                              My quickbooks is easy at the end of the year, 10 minute copy to a disk and off to the accountant, all done

                              My Paper invoices kind of back up my computer, this way I do not have all my egg's in one basket.
                              Same here. I even do my own taxes, without quickbooks it would be a nightmare.
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