Frustrated with opening yet another Google sheet to create an estimate for a client, I asked around, “How do you create an estimate for a client?”. Answers varied from Google Sheets, MS Excel or an integrated system like Synergist. But many of you had one thing in common – indifference to the presentation of the estimate.
That was the point at which myself, David Smith and Mark Wales decided to have a crack at building something better. What do we mean by ‘better’? We felt it needed to be something we’d use ourselves instead of a spreadsheet because it:
Like you, we have day jobs, so we can’t commit crazy hours to building the first version. So we used React as a framework and developed a working version in 2 weeks. Since then we’ve been getting feedback and making incremental changes. It’s early days and this version is an alpha. But we’re using it ourselves already and there’s a long list of features we plan to add, including:
Longer term, if EstimatelyApp gets enough traction:
So that’s our mission. Quick, accurate estimates – beautifully presented.