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Programs/Software available for Accounting/Stock?

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I've been using Peachtree Accounting 2011, but I am looking to find another program.  I'm getting tired of all the expensive upgrades and discontinued product support for a program that's barely 3 years old!

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I use quickbooks- only because out other business's are set up with the program, I like that it allows you to set up many companies and custom set what the type if business is- retail vs. Service as far as keeping track of sales tax you owe

It has an inventory feature but I do not use it- I am not nearly big enough to put that effort into it yet but it would be great for those of you who are

It also has many reports you can pull in seconds as far as previous year comparisons, pie charts on what your biggest expenses are - it takes some time and knowledge of setting up your chart of accounts but it's so worth it- you can keep your freight costs seperate from your actual material as well

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I'm a big fan of freebies so I downloaded Quickbooks SimpleStart from Quickbooks. Its easy to use for a small business. It has all the basics for keeping track of your biz but it does not have the inventory part. You have to purchase a version of Quickbooks that has that feature. But for a freebie it sure has a lot. You can also purchase accessory programs for marketing and writing checks if you want to spend the money.

Since I am a soapmaker I have been toying with the idea of buying a Soapmaker program. There is a hobbyiest version and a soap business version. The program has the capability of creating and saving soap recipes and keeping inventory so you know how much you are using and when to buy more supplies.

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Does anyone know of any candle making programs out there?  Ones that are suitable for Macs?   

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Recently discovered this software which is suitable for Macs and PCs.  I going to purchase it in two weeks time.  Happy to provide feedback once I have started using it!  

 

http://www.craftmakerpro.com

 

YOUR PRICING & INVENTORY JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER

Are you tired of "guestimating" the pricing for your handcrafts? Not sure what you have in stock at any one time? Whether you make jewelry, pottery, needlework, scrapbooking, glassblowing or even plastic frogs Craft Maker Pro is designed for you. It's super easy to use and works for any country and any currency. Craft Maker Pro is 100% guaranteed to help you save time and money in your craft business. See how easily you can make your craft business run and download your copy today.

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My husband and I both work at a big corporation. While I do Digital Project Management, he is in inventory control. I figured if he can manage millions of dollars in product, he could manage my small business! He made a great spreadsheet for me. I like it that he has fields highlight when I get below a set quantity of my RTS items. 

 

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eta: I tried to attach screen shots of a generic version but they are tiny! One is the master spreadsheet and the other is a monthly tab along the bottom.

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Recently discovered this software which is suitable for Macs and PCs.  I going to purchase it in two weeks time.  Happy to provide feedback once I have started using it!  

 

http://www.craftmakerpro.com

 

YOUR PRICING & INVENTORY JUST GOT A WHOLE LOT EASIER

Are you tired of "guestimating" the pricing for your handcrafts? Not sure what you have in stock at any one time? Whether you make jewelry, pottery, needlework, scrapbooking, glassblowing or even plastic frogs Craft Maker Pro is designed for you. It's super easy to use and works for any country and any currency. Craft Maker Pro is 100% guaranteed to help you save time and money in your craft business. See how easily you can make your craft business run and download your copy today.

 

Have you been able to try out this software yet? Would love to hear your opinion if you have!

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I use my SM3 for both of my soaps and candles. 

I did use a nice spreadsheet and still have it that has all kinds of columns and formulas to figure out everything for me. All I had to do is plug in a tiny bit of data and it did everything for me. 

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We use Sage50. Accounting, inventory and manufacturing all in one spot.

I like that we can set items up as an assembly. Punch in the quantity for your batch and it prints out a bill of materials, deducts raw materials from inventory, tracks costs and ties it all in with sales giving you an accurate view of your profitability.

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My husband and I both work at a big corporation. While I do Digital Project Management, he is in inventory control. I figured if he can manage millions of dollars in product, he could manage my small business! He made a great spreadsheet for me. I like it that he has fields highlight when I get below a set quantity of my RTS items. 

 

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eta: I tried to attach screen shots of a generic version but they are tiny! One is the master spreadsheet and the other is a monthly tab along the bottom.

 

 

 

 

Would you be willing to share a blank copy of this spreadsheet by chance?  I am looking for something to help track inventory and this would be great.  No sense in reinventing the wheel!

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Has anyone found a software program or spreadsheet they really really love to help them organize, price and inventory?

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Has anyone found a software program or spreadsheet they really really love to help them organize, price and inventory?

Soapmaker3 

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