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does MS Access do inventory and customer management?

 
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I'm looking for an alternative to QB that I can use in my home business.  I have up to 10 different inventory items at a time plus materials to make more.

I need to track inventory, customers (I sell mostly wholesale), material purchases, sales, and whatever else I need to track.

Any ideas if Access can do all this?

If so, is there some easy way to learn all this?
 
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MS sure does that.
Use form to enter the data or just directly into the table or to a linked excel spreadsheet
You can use reports/query to view things or a linked excel spreadsheet.

You will have to setup the tables and the relationships with the tables.

There is a template called Northwind, when you open access it has everything that you described already setup.
https://support.office.com/en-us/article/featured-access-templates-e14f25e4-78b6-41de-8278-1afcfc91a9cb?ui=en-US&rs=en-US&ad=US
https://omextemplates.content.office.net/support/templates/en-us/tf01228997.accdt


 
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MS Access is a great "programmable" database.  It can do what you need but it must be set up for your particular purpose.
 
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