"I've mentioned this before, but especially in this economy I highly recommend anyone heading out on their own (or looking to maximize their bucks) to look at BillQuick. They are geared more towards service industries (and specifically architects!) than other packages, and for the price - you can't beat them!
Their philosophy seems to be the same as DataCAD (listen to the users, give the users what they want, and build on those desires), they respond almost immediately to questions and comments, and they will bend over backwards for the users.
And, just like DataCAD, they offer a 30-day trial. After the 30 day trial they won't lock you out of what you've put in, but will dumb down to a (still very robust) "Lite" version that is free. And they tie into QuickBooks effortlessly!
My Account Manager (Samina) is always available, and has really worked hard to not only get me up and running on it, but follows up with what more she could do or answer to get me back to what I love to do (draw) and what they do best (time and billing FOR me).
This is a little long-winded, but I'm as rabid about BillQuick as I am about DataCAD. For me, they are two of the most important programs that I need to maximize my time as a single proprietor:
At least TRY them - I think you'll find for the cost they can't be beat!"
Alan T. Hendry, RA
Coarsegold, California USA
"In my journey, I have used, designed and tested many software apps,BillQuick is the very best, it essentially guides us from Project start to Completion. It is a major part of the success with our clients and accounts."
New Western Productions
"Using BillQuick has significantly reduced the time required to do our billing; what used to take me 10 hours, now only takes me 6 minutes."
"Switching to BillQuick has enabled us to capture every dollar that will ultimately become revenue. We're not missing anything. We know what it costs to keep the lights on. We know what it costs to run a project. Everyone in the organization knows where we stand."
Allen A. Sabins
Esposito Design Inc.
"I would have to say that of all of the software that we use in the daily operation of our business, the purchase and use of BillQuick has had the most dramatic effect on our bottom line. Highly recommended!"
Fountainhead Group Consulting Ltd.
"I recommend anybody who is considering a more expensive, complicated system to take a look at this software before you think you need to spend thousands to get the tools you need to track and bill within the professional services industry."
Olson Lewis Dioli & Doktor
"The Select Items in reports will save me the cost of BillQuick each month. It is mind boggling when you custom Autocomplete and process 20+ invoices at once, in a few seconds."
"BillQuick has been very helpful in billing, the time gets transferred to QuickBooks and just this process alone has cut the time it takes to bill our customers in half."
"I have found BQE to be consistently more helpful than any other software provider. Today Mike helped me through a problem quickly and efficiently. It's good to know there is a company with help like this. Thank you."
Greer Law Firm, PC
"We have always been pleased with your programs, information, and especially your well trained/knowledgeable staffs. You have a great team of professionals. I enjoy working with all of them."
Betty C. Tain
Edward J. Lynch
"Although I have worked with many support centers, the BillQuick support center is the best. Each time I have called, your staff has very patiently walked me through my issue. I am completely blown away by how responsive your staff is. Keep up the great work!"
"I have to say I have not experienced such a high level of support or such a quick response on any other software we have ever purchased - excellent."
"Having been a user of your BillQuick program since 2003, I am extremely pleased with its ease of use and the efficiency it has brought to my billing of clients."
Gardner & Associates
"The integration between BQE and QB is seamless and BillQuick consultants are great at getting you set up and running, all using remote access."
Bryan E. Bailey
Bailey Valuations Inc
"BillQuick handles our traditional and non-traditional services with ease. Flexibility is great."
Fox and Fiorino, P.A.
"We are blown away by not just the quantity but also the quality of reports and invoices that are pre-loaded into this system. With so many templates to choose from, we always find what we are looking for."
Arc Group Inc.
"Wizards guide most of the initial setup of clients, staff, projects and rates. The program opens to an inviting interface that uses a customizable navigation screen as the default work area."
The CPA Technology Advisor
"You'll definitely make more money with BillQuick. Charging for your labor has never been easier than with this powerhouse that shows your projects, clients, rates and expenses. A click here and a click there creates the perfect record of your efforts."
"BillQuick has all of the information available for a project manager to analyze his or her projects through earned value method."
"BillQuick's user interface is excellent, with easy-to-read fields, right-click capabilities and explanatory descriptions. It offers a wide breadth of customized functions in an intuitive, easy-to use package."