QuickBooks is a popular software program among small business owners, as it is easy to use and requires no formal accounting training*. This makes it uniquely suited to the needs of tree care companies, which are typically small, family-owned businesses that cannot afford new hires or even outsourcing this vital component of their business.
Though it is primarily used for small businesses accounting, there are different versions of QuickBooks that allow you to perform functions such as tracking sales, generating reports, managing customer history, and more! This allows you to expand the software’s functionality to fit your small business needs.
Though chatting online with the QuickBooks support staff can help you determine which version is best for you, QuickBooks Online and QuickBooks Enterprise are the most flexible versions of the software and are likely to offer the solutions you need.
They are especially good purchases if you are looking to expand your business and thus the corresponding uses for the QuickBooks software. Some of the most impressive features include: remote access capabilities, remote payroll assistance and outsourcing, electronic payment functions, online banking and reconciliation, marketing options through Google and improved email functionality interfaced with Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express.
THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS
No matter how comprehensive each successive version of QuickBooks is, inevitably there will be a few gaps that can only be filled by third party applications. Fortunately, many software developers have created programs that integrate with QuickBooks and fill niches for specific industries.
Intuit provides a full list of Add-Ons. If you don’t have time to comb through their index, check out this brief digest of the top 10 QuickBooks Add-Ons for small businesses, as compiled by PC World.
These Add-Ons allow you to create a highly customized experience, reducing your need to outsource tasks to other programs, and improving your overall efficiency.
Have you used QuickBooks to improve the performance of your tree care company? What are you favorite features or add-ons? We’d love to hear your feedback on the best way to use this software in the tree care industry. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your suggestions.
*The Tree Care Industry Association is dedicated to the advancement of commercial tree care businesses. Reference to commercial products or brand names in editorial does not constitute an endorsement by the Tree Care Industry Association.