What small business inventory accounting or whatever software is right for me?
At work, we use QuickBooks for managing inventory and it's great! We can sell stuff, put inventory on hold, look up past purchases, manage customers, manage stuff, create invoices, and do all that stuff that the tax people like. The only problem with QB is finding a bookkeeper in town that understands the system (they all love SAGE). I really like the way that the information is accessible and we store it on site and in an off-site back up. The data is tangible and not reliant on the internet being on.
I need something like this for my home-based business. But cheaper. My income is inconsistent so a subscription service won't work well at this time. That means QB is doubly out. I really don't like the stress of having to pay a subscription every month/year since my next big income is 18 to 24 months away.
At the moment, I have about 10 inventory items. My ten-year plan has no more than about 40 inventory items.
I sell wholesale and retail. I want to keep track of customer data for wholesale accounts. I want to keep track of retail stuff on more general bases so I can see trends.
I want something that I can keep updated so I don't double sell the same object.
I want something that an accountant or professional tax-submitter person can understand and work with easily. My limited understanding is that this is different than a bookkeeper.
I don't have any actual experience, but I have heard of others using some of the open source software available with positive results, such as GnuCash. These people used it on Linux based operating systems, but it appears to be available for Mac and Windows as well. I used a list of alternatives for desktop software here - alternativeto.net
Edit - You can click on the links in that page for different software options and find the official homepages from there. Hopefully something there is useful to you.
I've seen a number of farms using excel or google docs spreadsheets, which strikes me as kind of cringeworthy... there must be a better option?
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