Whenever we look at our traffic logs we see people searching for automotive repair invoice software free and similar terms. Every time we see them it makes us shake our heads a little. As a repair shop owner you are running a business and relying on free software to run your business is dangerous if not crazy.
There are a lot of free online services these days – credit monitoring, basic income tax submissions, service and contractor listings, etc. They all have a few things in common:
- They’re supported by advertising
- They offer a basic level of service for free, then charge for everything you actually use.
- They all want your money by either an ‘upsell’ (a higher level of service) or a commission from a service provider you hire through them
As you continue to think about it, the free stuff is not the sort of thing you’d want for a mission critical function for your business, yourself, or your family. Would you seriously send your child to a ‘free’ doctor, that wasn’t part of a free clinic? How about going to a ‘free’ dentist, when you’re in pain from a toothache?
When it comes to your business, are there any truly vital services you use that are actually free? When it comes to accounting, legal, delivery, etc., you pay for those services without a qualm.
The same is true for auto shop management software services. Unless you want to go back to hand writing Repair Orders then your shop efficiency relies on this software, it better be there for you, no matter what. Imagine the impact on your business if, all of a sudden, all the data you ‘saved’ about your customers, their cars, what parts you replaced, what work you recommended, how much they paid you, financial details, employee records, sales tax info, etc., suddenly disappeared, because your ‘free’ shop management software stopped working, and the provider disappeared from the Internet.
Where is My Data?
That happened to a slew of auto repair shops that made the mistake of putting all their eggs in a free basket, only to have the basket disappear. All their customer data was lost, along with employee hours, billing, sales tax information, and everything else they submitted to this ‘free’ service.
Most free software companies do all they can to save money, so no support phone lines, no one to call on when system goes down. You have to wait and hope it comes back up. Minutes turn into hours and it is easy to start to panic.
What if the system never comes back up? You could probably work round it for the cars that are on the ramps, and hopefully you have a print out of every Repair Order you have ever done (most shops don’t keep copies because who needs all that paper around), so you could reconstruct most of the data you need for the quarterly sales tax report.
Wait the tax people want to do an audit, The local BAR are asking questions about a specific job and you can’t find the RO, and all your notes are gone? This is how people end up with court cases, fines and losing their licenses. But hey you saved $98 a month on software.
When it comes to your business, don’t risk the time, effort, money, and aggravation it would cost you to rely on ‘free’.
We often hear “You get what you pay for” and when you are using free automotive invoice software you are really paying nothing and hoping that is enough to keep your business up and running.
Do you work for free? Do you pay for power, phones, insurances and tools? Why does it make sense to pay for your wrenches but not expect to pay for your auto repair shop management software?
We Have Been Around A Long Time
Profitboost started in 2002 and we are still going strong, No we are not offering free shop management software, we do offer a product that works and has worked for 15 years.
We offer the best way to manage your repair shop needs. Because this is ‘cloud-based’ information, you can easily access your account information from a desktop computer, smart phone, tablet, or laptop, anywhere there’s a connection to the Internet.
This is proven technology that’s been around for more than a decade. Multiple backups, staff on the end of a phone and everyone of the team is based in the USA.
Going beyond just automotive repair invoicing, this service is your path to true profitability. You plug in the numbers, and pricing, productivity, and much more become easy to manage. That’s because PIFPro was built, from the ground up, to be the best tool for making your auto repair business a profitable enterprise.
The additional services you can access, like text messages to your clients when the job is ready for them, help make this the best choice for your auto repair shop. You also get to select the level of service that’s right for your business, whether you’re a single location, doing transmission repair and servicing, to a chain of automotive repair service centers all over the map.
Keep in mind, the more you have to lose, the less you want to rely on the cheapest,least reliable alternative. Trying to do important work on the cheap is never a good idea, especially if you have a lot to lose. Free Automotive Repair Invoice Software isn’t free if it costs you dearly down the road.