“Your whole life is about to change.” That’s what I was told over and over just before I got married. After I got married, things did change – for the better. Next I heard that everything would change again when our first child arrived. Our baby boy’s arrival transformed my life and forced me to spend my time more wisely.
The changes didn’t stop there. “One kid is easy, but when you have two then the work really begins,” I was told. Life changed again when my second child was born. Now I get even less sleep, but I get even more joy out of my children, as well. “Just wait until you’re outnumbered by your kids,” I keep hearing now. But right now the only change I’m worried about involves diapers. Luckily, through it all I have a strong, wonderful wife I can depend on to help me raise our kids and keep our family together.
What to Do When Everything Keeps Changing
My point in sharing all of this is to show that being a parent is similar to being an entrepreneur. Everything keeps changing because that’s the nature of both life and business. First you start a business. Then you need to add locations and employees as you grow. Then you add more products, managers, bureaucracy and even more layers of complexity. It’s enough to keep you up at night if your babies aren’t doing that already.
One thing that can really give you stability during your company’s growth is to use the same inventory management software for many years. This might sound a little strange, but I’m comparing inventory management software to a spouse. You need a companion to join you for the long haul, someone who understands your needs and can give you support along the way.
A temporary inventory management solution won’t cut it. If you get cheap software early on, you’ll probably find it is totally inadequate once you start adding locations. New employees will also complicate things. You’ll need to train them on how to use every new inventory management solution you buy. This can be time-consuming and overly difficult, especially if the software is complex and hard to master.
Gain Stability by Adding New Abilities
Everyone needs something and/or someone they can count on. Fishbowl Inventory is a user-friendly inventory management solution that can keep adding new features as your company grows. That way, you can stay with it all through your growth from small to midsize business and beyond. Instead of learning a whole new system every few years, you can just add to the setup you’re already familiar with.
Fishbowl offers many features you can take advantage of as you grow. These include:
- SalesPoint – Point of sale software and hardware
- Fishbowl Mobile – Warehouse management and barcode solution
- Fishbowl Hosted Services – Offsite server hosting and data security
- And much more
As a parent or an entrepreneur, you want your baby to grow up healthy and strong. You also need to preserve your sanity through all of the growing pains. Fishbowl Inventory can help your business run more smoothly and efficiently. Find out how by signing up for a free inventory software demo.
Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks, and small business. Fishbowl is the #1-requested manufacturing and warehouse management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies.