All of the software providers below have plenty of functionality to meet your needs. I am not going to try to describe each application in great detail because this article could go for 10 pages and not cover all the details. Instead I am going to give an overview and point you to their websites for more information. I can name at least one company that uses each of the applications below so you can be confident that all of these applications “work” and it is just a matter of picking the application that is best for you. If I am missing any providers please leave me a comment and I will add them.
Client Server versus a Cloud Service
Cloud computing is based on making software a service instead of a product. The software and all of the data is stored on servers owned by the service provider and you access them via the internet. You normally have to pay a monthly or annual fee to use the software and as soon as you stop paying you will lose access to it. This software is normally has less up front expense, but it can cost more over time depending on the monthly service fees. The service provider normally backs up the data to give you additional protection. However if the service provider has any system disruptions, it is possible you will not be able to access you data. In addition, if you lose internet access, you will not be able to access your client data. On the positive side, these applications can be accessed anywhere via the internet and to use application via mobile devices.
Service CEO – This is a Client Server based application. The software was originally developed for Maid Pro although Maid Pro no longer has any ownership in the company. This is the application I use although when I made the decision 5 years ago there were far fewer choices. I found Maid Easy and Service CEO to have many similar features and coming out of corporate America, I found Service CEO the most comfortable for me to use. www.insightdirect.com
Thoughtful Systems – Thoughtful systems has been in business for 22 years and they use client server based model. I actually know the least about this company because I had already made my decision on software before I knew they were in business but one of my best friends in the business swears by them. www.thoughtfulsystems.com
Service Tycoon – One of the many new cloud based providers. www.servicetycoon.com
Service Sidekick – Another Cloud based provider. www.servicesidekick.com
Schedule View – This is a client service application that was originally designed for medical centers but one service owner I know has adapted it to residential cleaning with quite a bit of success. www.scheduleview.com
Service Proz - I really know very littel about this company. This company and the one below I do not know anyone personally that uses the software. It does not mean they are bad companies, it just means I have very little data on them. http://serviceproz.net/