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MIKE M

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HI I 'M NEW HERE BEEN A TECH FOR 30 YEARS .WORKED FOR SOME SUPERB INDEPENDENT GARAGES OVER THE YEARS HAVE ALL THE ASE CERTS. PLUS FIRE TRUCK. AMBULANCE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT CERTS., BUILDING A NEW FACILITY TO GO ON MY OWN, WOULD LIKE SOME INPUT ON SOFTWARE FOR MANAGEMENT OF INVOICES,PAYROLL INVENTORY AND CUSTOMER RECORDS, NEED A REASONABLY PRICED FOR START UP , WOULD CONSIDER STEPPING UP TO A BETTER VERSION WHEN THINGS GET ESTABLISHED AND CASH FLOW WARRANTS ,ALSO ANY RECOMMENDATION ON FLOOR PAINTS OR EPOXIES FOR NEW CONCRETE. WILL BE SERVICING CARS TO MED HEAVY TRUCKS ABUSE IS A MUST!!!!!THANKS FOR THE INFO!!! LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS FORUM

 

 

MIKE MURPHY

MIKE'S AUTO AND TRUCK SERVICE

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LOUISBURG N.C. 8 BAYS 5500 SQ FT THANKS FOR THE INFO!!!

 

My opinion on this is that your management software is the key to your business, and a tool that can help you grow your business.

 

Your customer base is invaluable and what establishes your business. If you plan on being in business for a long time, make sure you partner with a management system that is widely used, supported, and updated.

 

Thee's nothing like establishing your business and growing attached to a peace of software to run it, to find out that it is no longer supported or updated.

 

You also should make sure that you have other than invoicing ability, to gauge, market, and control your business.

 

My suggestions, though more expensive are:

 

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Mike,

 

I've spent the last 16 years as a service/parts manager at a large independent in Georgia. I finally made the move in August and opened my own shop. Software was one of my biggest concerns. I had experience with a few and finally decided to go simple. Quickbooks premier can do most anything you want, but there is a learning curve and set-up involved. An established shop would not want to go this way, but for a start-up, it will handle everything you need including an accuonting package that will keep you financials straight. If you wanted, you can even accept/process credit cards with their software and the rates are pretty competitive. Good luck with the new shop. Glad to see I'm not the only one who believes this is a good time to make a go of it if you have some capital and a good reputation.

 

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
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