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#159164 - 11/13/06 05:43 PM Computer Software
Sparks26 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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I was wondering what kind of computer software you guys use. I was asked to look for some software for bidding residential jobs. Most of the bidding is done by hand then typed up. About the only program I use on a regular basis is Quick Books (not for bidding). I was wondering what everyone uses and if there is any really good software to have that I'm missing out on. Any software that is useful for any aspect I would be interested in taking a look at so please feel free to post away. Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.

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#159165 - 11/13/06 06:05 PM Re: Computer Software
Tiger Offline
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Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 714
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
I use Excel and bid from experience...all residential remodeling. Some more information would be helpful...

Residential remodeling or new construction?
Do you keep records of past bids?

Dave

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#159166 - 11/14/06 11:15 AM Re: Computer Software
bauler Offline
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Registered: 01/03/06
Posts: 11
Loc: Littlerock, CA
Check out National Electrical Estimator at:
http://craftsman-book.com/products/info/cbccostbooks.htm

It covers everything, can be used with Quickbooks Pro. Hardly perfect, but a good start. You can download a free fully fuctional 30 day trial. Good luck with your quest.

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#159167 - 11/14/06 12:26 PM Re: Computer Software
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Registered: 01/21/03
Posts: 1721
Loc: New Jersey
We also use the craftsman for estimates, and AyaNova for Service Software, they also work together, and both can be tied to Quickbooks Pro.

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#159168 - 11/14/06 01:20 PM Re: Computer Software
Celtic Offline
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 367
Loc: NJ
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Check out National Electrical Estimator at: [url=http://craftsman-book.com/products/info/cbccostbooks.htm
]http://craftsman-book.com/products/info/cbccostbooks.htm[/quote][/url]

You can get TNE (The National Estimator)at Amazon for $33 (Craftsman wants $57).

I use TNE, Excel and a copy of the "Home Depot Worksite CD" (which is basically TNE, but I can update pricing everyday).

For a smaller business TNE, et al, are fine...once you get into jobs larger than residential and small commercial, you may want something a bit larger.
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#159169 - 11/14/06 05:04 PM Re: Computer Software
Sparks26 Offline
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Registered: 11/13/06
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Thanks that will give me some ideas and keep me busy if I need that right now. Don't know why but everyone around my area is swamped.

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