Within 2 years, I had wasted $10k on two other softwares that didn’t work out for us. There were other options that were good for one or two pieces of our business, but none that did everything we needed.
We started to believe that we wouldn’t find something that worked spending a fortune to have something custom built for us. We had looked at signVOX — but it just wasn’t right for the all the other pieces of our business — screen printing and embroidery, promotional products, and digital / offset printing.
A year later, when we saw they (techVOX inc) were releasing shopVOX, we jumped at it right before the end of the year.
We set up our users and we were tracking our jobs within a couple hours. No more job tickets scattered everywhere in the shop.
It did take a bit longer to get our pricing setup in the system, but now that we’ve started using it — I’m more confident in the prices I give to customers. Our quotes are more consistent and I have a better knowledge of what it will cost me to produce a job.
With shopVOX, I feel back in control of the shop. I put more orders out the door with less headache – that’s more money in my pocket and more time with my family.
Once you get a firm grasp on exactly how the formulas work, and the difference between a formula and a filter (could use some explanation in their knowledge base), it’s pretty simple to set up even if time consuming.
I’m running mock quotes as I add product etc… to ensure it all works right but so far these are just a few of the pricing templates I have set up:
Routed signs – click your substrate, paint or no paint etc… and price a sign in seconds
Channel letters – type in my letter qty and height in inches, BOOM instant price
Real estate signs – pick your substrate, add vinyl, click on post size needed. Need a V style sign?, just click second side and pick the length of your third post, DONE.
Super Efficient. We are transferring over from solely using QB and estimation software. Previous I was the only person in the whole shop putting together estimate, handling the work orders and invoicing. While QB did everything I needed, the process can sometimes be slower, and nobody else could really utilize it. Even if I showed staff how to use QB for estimates/invoices, there would also be the issue of them having access to the company’s financials. ShopVox solves a lot of problems and looks like it will be quite beneficial once up and running on a day to day basis.
It’s very useful! With all complex programs there are learning curves, bad user habits etc. to content with, but I personally like it a lot.
I come from the chemistry field, We have very, very complex programs that do similar functions with different variables. I would rate this program pretty high all-in-all.