The following instructions will tell you how to export your Flat Rate Plus® data and import that data into the online flat rate pricing system at
  1. Be sure that you are using Flat Rate Plus© version 8.4.1 or higher.
  2. Click Help > About > Version Tab > Program Version
  3. If needed, download the required update. Flat Rate Plus software updates are free. This update will NOT update or change your flat rate database.

Export Your Data

  1. If necessary, you can download the update and double click on it to run the update manually >> Download Update.
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  2. In Flat Rate Plus©, click File > Data Exchange > Export
  3. In the Select Export File Format, select the Flat Rate Plus to Black Belt Contracting option (#1).
  4. Decide if you want to include items that are not used by any of your tasks (#4). We usually recommend that you check this box.
  5. Click Export Options > Execute Export
  6. Three files will be exported as noted on the form (#2) to a location of your choice (#3).

Import Your Data to

  1. Click the Select Files button.
  2. Navigate to the location of the two files you wish to import. Their location is shown in the form above. See the "Select Path to Save..."
  1. Be sure that you select all THREE files as shown above.
  2. Click the Open button.
  1. Click the Upload Flat Rate button. This process can take a minute or two, depending on how busy the server is.
  2. Your prices should be mostly correct. It is possible that there may be a rare difference of one cent or a few cents due to rounding differences in the two software programs. If needed, correct these. Note that the Price Levels in each task have been locked. That keeps them from being accidently changed. Unlock them as needed. In Book Settings, there is a button to unlock all task pricing at once.
  3. The concept of Price Levels (called "Price Columns" in Flat Rate Plus), work differently in the two software programs. Our migration process tries to calculate the correct Price Level Multiplier but differences may occur. Although your task pricing should be correct, you will want to double check your Price Levels to be sure they are correct.
Differences between Flat Rate Plus® and® Flat Rate
  1. We no longer use the concept of departments. Instead, we have book titles.
  2. Tasks can appear in multiple book titles.
  3. You no longer enter your labor rates per department. Instead, you create labor items and add the item(s) to a task. When you update that one labor item, all tasks are updated that contain the item.
  4. You do not setup labor amounts and item discounts per price column. Instead, you create a “Regular Price” and use multipliers to adjust them. For example, overtime might have a multiplier of 1.5 and Preferred might have a multiplier of .85 (85% of the Regular price).
  5. You can enter (or override) prices on any of your columns. In Flat Rate Plus, each column price was the result of the total of all labor and parts and that amount could not be overridden.
  6. You may now add pictures to tasks and items.
  7. You no longer must print your books. There is a PDF generator that you can use to view tasks on the screen or print. The layout looks almost identical to Flat Rate Plus. The format and layout cannot be changed. You may also use your browser and click the Presentation button to search for and display tasks in a browser.
  8. You may now have as many price levels (formally called “Columns”) as you wish.
  9. Task Numbers no longer automatically include the three letter Task Category (such as ACA).
  10. Task Numbers no longer automatically include the task’s labor minutes at the end (such as ACA-AT55-0045).
  11. Task Numbers no longer have dashes automatically added to them.
  12. Task Numbers can have up to 50 characters. In Flat Rate Plus, they are limited to 11 characters.