Something I thought I would add on Harriss’ POS software. He wrote it for himself when he was doing locksmith work. It is written to run on DOS which is the oldest operating system for small computers. You can get the least expensive computer to run it as a cash register. He is constantly updating it and has add a section to print orders to the back kitchen on a small network. He has a whole forum devoted to this free program. RJF
I never took it that way either, just soaking in your valuable input! Thanks!!
ok you are forgiven.[:)]
O.K., O.K. I’m sorry!! I wasn’t saying anyone was stupid for Pete’s sake. [:I]
agreed. Richard. It is a business and needs to be treated as such. whether it is out of a store, cart, van whatever, it is a biz. [:D]
We’re talking a Business. Quickest way to lose a business is to be casual with it. RJF
Yes we are talking carts/vans. I used a nice little metal box my mom used 30 yrs ago, if you read the post u would see i left it on my truck and drove away. GONE. and the little box i kept everything in GONE. As far as the program goes, why would i NOT want to know actually what i am making? and no matter what uncle sam is gonna get his. give to him now or give it to him later. So my post were NOT out there, unreasonable, stupid or whatever. Valid, very valid.
Thank you for your help. [:D]
The best thing I found to use was a solidly-made cigar box. No paper, no ink, no snoopy people asking to see your tapes. As for keeping track of inventory, I found the point and count method fairly reliable. We are talking vending carts and vans here, aren’t we? [:p]
Cowboy Bob in PA
Hi Shelly, There is a FREE POS program on the web, Type into your browser, Free POS program, The guy’s name is Dale Harris. I use it in my Gift Business and it can be used for restraunts, and have parking capablity. that’s for people who run tabs, so you can do other sales right away.
You need a computor & printer. If you cannot find the program I’ll get the URL. Sorry about the loss. I had a young girl helping me, One day I caught her stealing $60.00 from my till. She denied it and I let her go. No loss after that. Later Cowboy Bob in PA
Thanks all i will try[:I]
I used quick books for my taxi/courier service & I do use it for BBQ. (great for invoicing)
I still use my excel spreadsheets. excel you can usually find on most computers preloaded so there is no extra cost
i use Excel and find it very handy. what U need to do is break all u’r food costs down, under one catagory, paper products, condiments, ice and propane, truck fuel. It is simple, u can then use the systrem to upgrade u’r daily costs vs cash flow and u have it made.
I found Peachtree to be a pain, but it’s been a good 10 years since I’ve played with it. Quickbooks is a fairly simple yet powerful program. They’ll send you a free cd (well they used to), to let you play before you buy. MYOB I’ve never toyed with, yet have heard a lot of people using it from reading other forums, and they seemed fairly happy with it.
Excel can be great cause you can create anything you want and add on, although the down fall is you have to know the basics of excel and know everything you want for your business while you are running your business, every formula has to be correct and if you mess up, you end up with hours of trouble shooting to correct and reprogram. There are great small business software packages out there that are already created for business.
MYOB Accounting http://www.myob-us.com/products/
Peachtree Accounting http://www.peachtree.com/PeachtreeAccountingLine/First/
They are a old software company and have a variety of software for business accounting. I put the link for the basic software. If you click on products your going to find a large variety. They also have a side by side comparison.
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