Why DIY is for Losers

And by losers, I mean people who aren’t winning in the game of business. (The totally generous definition of loser.)

The sad truth is that DIY is a seemingly harmless trap that so many of us fall into.

A few months ago we created a great job cost report for Jack. We made it look so darn easy, Jack thought he could save money by learning Crystal Reports himself.

Jack’s anything but incompetent. He’s a highly accomplished, professionally licensed engineer/business owner in the Oil & Gas industry. His company earns about $10,000,000 in revenue.

After we met for breakfast a few months ago, here’s what he wrote to me…


It seems Crystal Reports is harder than it looks. The irony of this all is I am now $2000 deep into using a different programmer to write another Crystal Report for us. It looks great and the data is finally there…but in hindsight…as always…I should have used Datisfy.

Swallowing a humble pill right about now.

Name Withheld (to protect the not-so-innocent)


To create powerful, well-designed custom reports for QuickBooks®, it takes the following abilities:

  • an understanding of QuickBooks® transactions
  • a deep knowledge of what fields are made available by QQube® in each subject area
  • 5-10 years of focused specialization on Crystal Reports
  • 5-10 years of working with hundreds of customers to understand how to ask the right questions and get a report exactly how a customer needs it
DIY is for losers

Don’t be a loser.

Are you planning to invest that kind of time and effort?

No? Then the DIY route is certainly a good way to lose.

This simple calculation might make your cringe. Sum the amount of time you spend trying to get reports the way you need them, and then multiply that by the number of times you need those reports in a month or year. And then multiply that by several years.

 

Do what counts – not what costs.

 

Top 5 Components Of Datisfaction

… And at least two of which you wouldn’t have thought to even be possible.

In the past three years we have worked with over 40 companies, solving very specialized and highly important problems.

The general reaction of our customers is something like,

“Wow! That’s even better than what we had envisioned. Thank you for saving us so much time and frustration!”

In my experience, that is a rare reaction for I.T. solutions. Yet it happens again and again for our customers – and I’ll never tire of hearing when a customer is totally Datisfied.

It’s why we exist.

Here are 5 main ways we provide Datisfaction

Pay close attention because any of these may be the ticket you need to get the most out of QuickBooks and end the headache.

  1. Reports at a Single Click on Your Desktop – no need to go into QuickBooks
  2. Consolidating data from multiple QuickBooks company files
  3. No more exporting to Excel!
  4. Company-specific layout or design – or conditional formatting
  5. Automating complex calculations – like conditional commissions

Imagine the surprise of our clients when they realize how efficient they are after we’ve implemented these “luxuries”. And that’s only five of them!

What industries do we serve?

We’ve done amazing reports in the following subject areas/industries:

  • Construction – Job Costing
  • Manufacturing/Sales – Inventory
  • Customized Financials (any industry)
  • Restaurants – 13×4 Week Profit & Loss Statements with Budgets

There are, of course, many other ways we deliver Datisfaction, but these are the ones for which we are the only known solution on the market.

As a small business owner myself, I imagine that time savings, productivity, and stress reduction are worth a lot to you.

If so, let’s talk to find out where you’re struggling and how we can make you Datisfied.

                                      

 

Custom QuickBooks reports in minutes? YES!

A funny thing happened after I wrote this post in July 2013 about building a Commission Report for QuickBooks. I started to get a lot of inquiries about doing other custom QuickBooks reports using Crystal Reports. I’m thinking “Oh, golly, no!”  It was ornery and time consuming and awful. I couldn’t fathom business owners trying to do that kind of battle, let alone me with 18 years of dedicated experience with Crystal Reports. I’ve started and/or run several small businesses, so I can understand the frustrations and breakdowns that business owners experience. This was pure hell.

Raving Fan for PDF-Explode

After 16 years as a Crystal Reports specialist and veteran, I am thrilled with PDF-Explode. It is one of the most clever applications I’ve encountered for small and medium sized businesses. It is saving two of my customers HOURS AND HOURS of time every month, eliminating several manual processes (like running multiple versions of the same report and exporting the results to PDF for distribution).  The price far exceeds the value – and the support is superior.

Crystal Reports – It ain’t cool

It’s hard to believe that I’ve been doing Crystal Reports for 16 years now. I remember reading Microserfs by Douglas Coupland around 1995 when I lived in Whistler. I applied to work at Microsoft, but at the time had no specialized computing skills. I was so enthralled by the idea of working for a software company.  Turned out Seagate Software was the hot thing in Vancouver at the time, so after going back to school for that specialized knowledge, I got hired there.  Never thought I’d be hitching my career to that star for such a long time.

We get it, At this point in your career, every hour, even every minute you spend wrestling with a spreadsheet is costing your company a pretty penny. Datisfy is here to give you back what you need most - your time, improve your bottom line, and make you and your data look even more competent. Just like we did for these fine folks: