[quote=“gishroofing”]I managed to do the same as Authentic Dad. When I started working for this company back in 1993 everything was done by hand. I quickly had to change that.
After shopping around for the best software available at the time, and there wasn’t much out there back then, I quickly found that it was either too expensive or didn’t quiet suit the needs of a smaller commercial roofing contractor.
I purchased Microsoft Office Access and the Office Access Bible and in no time wrote my own program.
This program keeps track of customers, properties/jobs, work orders, proposals, a/r, profit and loss, materials, etc.
And it does it to the specifics of my business.
Programs like Microsoft Access and Act are not difficult to learn. I have 0 educational instruction with this software (or any for that matter). Apart from a couple of $50 manuals that is. In fact when I graduated high school the Commodore 64 and the word processor were state of the art :D.[/quote]
gishroofing, I see you’re in Dayton, perhaps when things slow down a bit, we should get together and take a look at each others system. I’ve done some databases in Access and it is a nice software tool. The bigger the database and the more things you try to relate though, the trickier it gets to make everything work. That’s why I went with ACT! to use as the backbone. Perhaps in the winter, I may start over again and see if I can do the same thing with Access.