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Computer Software #159164
11/13/06 09:43 PM
11/13/06 09:43 PM
Sparks26  Offline OP
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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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Re: Computer Software #159165
11/13/06 10:05 PM
11/13/06 10:05 PM
Tiger  Offline
Joined: May 2005
Posts: 706
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?


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Re: Computer Software #159166
11/14/06 03:15 PM
11/14/06 03:15 PM
bauler  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 11
Littlerock, CA
Check out National Electrical Estimator at:

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.

Re: Computer Software #159167
11/14/06 04:26 PM
11/14/06 04:26 PM
LK  Offline
Joined: Jan 2003
Posts: 1,429
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.

Re: Computer Software #159168
11/14/06 05:20 PM
11/14/06 05:20 PM
Celtic  Offline
Joined: Feb 2005
Posts: 361
[quote]Check out National Electrical Estimator at: ][/quote]

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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Re: Computer Software #159169
11/14/06 09:04 PM
11/14/06 09:04 PM
Sparks26  Offline OP
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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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