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Old 06-19-2008, 11:04 AM   #1
 
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Every other trade has excellent programs to automate estimating and proposals and bills. I have not seen any for the residential repaint painting contractor that is easier and faster to learn, use and understand than what I've written. I have shown it to a few people who are very knowledgeable in the national painting industry and they think it is marketable.

I'm the one not sure if painters are interested in spending money on a proposal system, although I do agree that they should!

It combines estimating the cost of jobs with writing proposals and bills. After entering contact information, it is all done with a mouse (point and click). No typing. Prices can be customized, and it really is very accurate. You could have a accurate, customized proposal for 7 rooms an a house finished in about 5 minutes.

Does anyone think there is a big market for this, and if so, how much would you expect it to cost?

I've been told $500
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Old 06-19-2008, 04:27 PM   #2
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There are tons of estimating programs out right now. PEP, one step estimating, pacer to name a few. We use Quick Books Pro and it is better than every program that we have purchased.
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I use an Access based program that I wrote. I'v edownloaded trial versions of virtually everything available, and mine fits my needs better. I let a few guys try it, and quickly decided that I don't want to be in the software business.

What is easy for you may not be easy for someone else, and you could find yourself spending an incredible amount of time supporting the product. I'd need a lot more than $500 to even begin to consider selling software.

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It would be tough to pay more than $500 for software. Don't get me wrong, the systems (more than one) I use cost double that, but it does accounting and more. The main selling point for yours as I understand it is estimates in 5 minutes. That is a big plus and I would be interested, but not at more than $500.
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How you gonna handle customer support between paint jobs? I know when I start with a new program spend good amount of time on phone for support.
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