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Old 02-07-2008, 11:59 AM
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Geez, I just got done printing all my tax paper work out to take to the accountant and I hate the software I have now. I've been hanging on to it because it was simple and the business wasn't that large so i was going to just stick it out until it was too much of a hassle to use then spend the money on good software (guess who i mean!!). Well that times come.

It's just such a pain with this software, theres countless errors, customers info goes missing, or their info is somehow deleted yet theres still invoices in the records for them and no way to get to that invoice because it doesn't really exist. Plus it takes forever to print invoices. It's just bad!

So I'm switching to gopher, I need something reliable and faster with invoicing. Plus I got a palm pilot for christmas so the palm feature will be really nice when it comes out!

Nice to be back by the way, been a while since I've posted, I still check out the forums quite a bit. Just been busy with personal life and keeping the business growing.

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Old 02-07-2008, 12:02 PM
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Hi Kurt,

Good to have you back! The Palm software is available now.

What's been the latest with you?

I just got the skype.com instant message and phone program. We can have conference calls on there. Could you download their software and add me to your contact list? I am GopherHaul on there and then we can chat on the phone later today.

I want to turn them into podcasts!

Let me know what you think!
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Welcome back kc...business is doing well?
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I'll check into the skype thing, I've never heard of it before. I have to go check out a big fedex center here for an estimate so it's going to take up most of my afternoon and then i have to head to the accountants this evening. Maybe saturday or monday we can do some talkin? Will i be an internet celeb then??? haha

Business is going pretty good, revenues were up almost 40% last year, while expenses only went up 2%, gas prices didn't effect me at all really. I've already nearly doubled my marketing this year and still have alot planned.

I almost did a home and garden show this year but desided to hold off until next year. I'll mostly gain large landscape jobs from it and I'm not ready to handle the work load yet, plus the cost of the show would really break the budget. It wasn't bad at 800 for the spot, but with all the marketing material and set up, I'd have at least 3000 in it. So I'm putting money in other areas.

I'm putting alot of thought into starting another business too, just trying to see how it would work out first. It would be side work at first until it would gain enough clients to make it a full time venture.
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Quote[/b] ]I'm putting alot of thought into starting another business too, just trying to see how it would work out first.
Can you give us the low down on what you are doing?
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It's sandblasting. I'm big into rebuilding cars so I have alot of friends that do the same, and some own repair shops or parts stores, and they're all always saying that people come in asking if they know of any sandblasters. And theres really none. Or no good ones. I had my cars frame sandblasted a few years back and I got it cheap, 250 bucks (thats cheap), it took the guy about 10 minutes to do because he had a big industrial blaster, but it took him almost 3 weeks to actually do it because he worked when he felt like it.

So I figured start out small, I can start with about $2000, that will get good quality entry level equipment, start putting flyers and cards out to drum up business and toss an ad in the phone books. If you look under sandblasting services here, there are none. So competition is non existant. The goal for me would be to get into large industrial blasting, offering pick up and delievery even. I think it would be a great incentive for companies to just have whatever they need picked up and brought back done and never have to worry about messing with it.

It really caters to this area too. This area has alot of industrial and we're located pretty close to other big industrial cities. I'm an hour away from cleveland, pittsburgh, erie pa, WV line is 1 hour away, 45 mins from akron, so i have pretty big cities all around.

But it's one of those businesses that doesn't have high operating costs, and it's not exactly cheap to get done so profits are huge. I see potential in it.
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I like the sound of this! Where will you start this? Do you have a garage? What's the plan on this?

Have you also thought about marketing this on craigslist? I bet that would help a lot.

This would also be a great business concept to franchise and get other entrepreneurs out there who run lawn care businesses to also experiment with this!
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well I'm looking into a shop this year. I'm almost positive I'm going with one thats pretty close to home, it's a 30x50 shop, plenty big to store all my personal toys and the business equipment, then I can build a small blast room in the back. I've built blast cabinets before, I actually have a 3foot by 5foot cabinet in my garage that i built.

I was looking at the software, I think I'm going to go with the pro version, I could use the added benefits of it over the lower version then use the palm software too. Plus I like that it works with quickbooks incase I use quickbooks in the future. You could give it to me and I'll be your poster boy for it haha
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Quote[/b] ]well I'm looking into a shop this year. I'm almost positive I'm going with one thats pretty close to home, it's a 30x50 shop, plenty big to store all my personal toys and the business equipment, then I can build a small blast room in the back. I've built blast cabinets before, I actually have a 3foot by 5foot cabinet in my garage that i built.
This is really exciting! Have you thought of a business name?

Do you think you would enjoy doing something like that more so than lawn care?
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No I haven't thought of a name yet. And I doubt I'd like it more than landscaping. I really enjoy the green industry, don't think theres a replacement for it.

Quick question about the gopher software. Should I run it with quickbooks? A local store is having a really good sale on quickbooks pro (almost 50% off the 08 version), so I might get it and run it with gopher.

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