Hi Victoria. There are a number of good software products out here
to keep help you keep track of your inventory. Some can even be used
as a Point Of Sale system as well as your inventory and financial
system. The problem with these software packages is that to
effectively use them requires as much effort as running the store,
if not more. Inventory control for small parts like findings will
drive you nuts. Throw in the solder, casting grain and such and by
the time you are through accounting for all of it, you don’t have
time to design, manufacture, and sell your products. I am saying
this assuming that you are a small operation, less than say six or
so people and you don’t have a full time bookkeeper. My accountant
pointed out to me that if my product line was selling jumprings, I
needed to account for all of the jumprings I purchased and sold.
However, if jumprings were “supplies” I used in the manufacturing of
my products, treat them as such.
The point of this is that you need to set a clip level of what is
product that you need to track and what is supplies. I don’t have
the answer for you, as I don’t know your product line or your
Some food for thought.