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    Last edited by BobsPlumbing; 03-10-2010, 07:40 PM.

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    Quickbooks Pro for bookkeeping, forum posting (obviously), invoices and forms printing using NCR paper, material lists, photos of jobs, flat rate book printing and upkeep, tax information.

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    • #3
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      • #4
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        Almost all paperwork is stored on my zip drive & backed up, as well as hard copies of receipts & checks in a file cabinet.
        I use my pc to schedule work & reminders to call pending customers, I copy maps, and Emails with quotes.
        I'm so computer dependant it scares me sometimes to imagine how I'd have done business without it.
        The ability to organize work orders by date created or alphabetically makes windows irreplaceable.
        Whats funny is alot of businesses buy expensive software without realizing a regular pc & some simple software add-ons does almost all the same things as long as you are familiar with how to use it.
        MS Office is a necessity, I custom design work orders & estimates with Excel at the drop of a hat.

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        • #5
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          Duck, did you build templates for excel or do you just start from scratch with something simple every time.

          Josh

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          • #6
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            I use it to look at porn when I have nothing to do
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            • #7
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              My wife uses it for the mundane stuff. I play games and look at porn.

              Actually whe does do the mundane stuff, but I spend a lot of time doing product and trade rescerch.
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              • #8
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                Originally posted by Josh View Post
                Duck, did you build templates for excel or do you just start from scratch with something simple every time.

                Josh
                Templates, I found a sheet that multiplies amount by quantity to a column on the right, then adds the right column as you go.
                What I REALLY need to do is learn how to incorporate math functions into forms like this so I can make forms that add mat'l markups, taxes, monthly overhead...etc.
                If you have some info...I'm ALL ears. (eyes in this case)
                Last edited by DuckButter; 03-21-2008, 03:26 PM.

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                • #9
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                  Originally posted by DuckButter View Post
                  Almost all paperwork is stored on my zip drive & backed up, as well as hard copies of receipts & checks in a file cabinet.
                  I use my pc to schedule work & reminders to call pending customers, I copy maps, and Emails with quotes.
                  I'm so computer dependant it scares me sometimes to imagine how I'd have done business without it.
                  The ability to organize work orders by date created or alphabetically makes windows irreplaceable.
                  Whats funny is alot of businesses buy expensive software without realizing a regular pc & some simple software add-ons does almost all the same things as long as you are familiar with how to use it.
                  MS Office is a necessity, I custom design work orders & estimates with Excel at the drop of a hat.


                  SOOOOO like you..I'm computer dependant 24/7...If i leave office I have my cell ppc 6700 which is like a small computer...have excel,word etc. in it...

                  Like duck said MS OFFICE is a must...i build my hubby's site with the publisher...

                  OFFICE WORD is great when i'm designing a flyer for my open house.

                  excel is great for doing estimates on closing cots etc..

                  outlook is great for receiving all emails at one place..

                  I pay my bills online, check my banking statements, chekc new movies,read gossip,talk to my parents with a cam back in europe, price things a want to buy, get coupons, buy cakes for my clients form a bakery etc...

                  I need to have com puter with me at all times...

                  I know...pathetic!!!

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                  • #10
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                    It seems my entire life revolves around computers or PDAs anymore. Between Brenda and I we have 4-laptops and a tablet on the truck right now and will likely be buying another tablet soon. We have an IT guy who has built a program which allows us to store our photos and inspection notes in a data base which will allow us to sort and count our information. Currently for every hour in the field we spend at least a half hour in the office. Hopefully this new program will cut out the extra half hour work in the office.

                    At my desk I am surrounded my three PC all with 24" monitors (very hot in the summer time). Almost everything we do is on computers. My office suite of choice is Microsoft Office and while I am not very good at Excel it sure makes me look good. I also find I am using the hard drives on the computers less and using external drives more.

                    Mark
                    "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

                    I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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                    • #11
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                      You'd be surprised how many plumbers do not have the ability to use a computer, let alone teeth and a full head of hair.


                      When I first started on the internet in 2002, people thought it was odd and strange that their plumber could communicate by email and send pictures, provide links to products and find parts that no longer rely on the local supply house to look through a hard book and say "No, we can't get you that but we can sell you a new/different one!"


                      I have no clue how many hours I'm spending online now between two businesses but it is massive considering an email is a lot cheaper than a letter in the mail.

                      Of course, I still have to do the snail mail method so people can observe the product firsthand whether literature of novelty items that keeps the product name in full view whether a pen/note pad or small item.

                      It's awesome though, it employs an edge over my competition, especially being able to type so fast as I do.

                      No hunt and peck team here.
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                      • #12
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                        It is my window to the rest of the world,

                        It is my supply house, my tool locater, (computer and UPS/Fed Ex)

                        continuing education, and research tool, and becoming my tec library,

                        also use it for book keeping
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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by JCsPlumbing View Post
                          A general question. How do you use computers in your everyday business?
                          at work we use laptops to program AC units and to see how all the controls are doing .
                          some company's use it to do billing but we dont .

                          and at home to talk on all my forums ,get tool parts ,lookup info and to piss of my wife .
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                          • #14
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                            Quickbooks pro contractor edition, keeps all my accounting and also customer lists, I can print labels right from program. Very important, I have my whole company on the computer.

                            I use my computer to print mailing labels.

                            Emails, research, everything, could not function without it.
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                            Robert

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                              Email for jobs and updates with customers,Quickbooks, Google everything addresses,tools,parts breakdowns,this forum, games when possible (Americas Army) Ebay All billings, and looking at the side sewer cards for Seattle online before I go to the job. And a laptop right with me in the van, now if the laptop could just get out of the van and do the work I would be set.
                              Last edited by Cuda; 03-23-2008, 03:07 AM.
                              Seattle Drain Service

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