Fishbowl’s Flexibility: Customizing to Meet Customers’ Unique Needs

Fishbowl Inventory comes in a generic version when it is purchased, and it can be customized to meet your business’ unique needs.

Fishbowl Inventory's features are as flexible as you need them to be, Fishbowl Inventory BlogBusinesses of all sizes and in a variety of industries use Fishbowl Inventory to help them with their inventory control, so it makes sense that Fishbowl Inventory would be customizable to work with so many kinds of customers.

It can take some time to get everything just the way you want it, but it’s worth the effort because once it’s all in place, you can really start getting work done.

Let’s take a look at all the aspects of Fishbowl Inventory you can customize to fit with the way you do business.

Custom Fields

Custom fields are some of the most popular ways to make Fishbowl Inventory work with your needs. Whatever type of information you want to track about products, vendors, or anything else related to your inventory, you can create a custom field for it. Custom fields can contain text, numbers, checkboxes, lists, and virtually anything else you need them to hold.

Module Options

Fishbowl Inventory is separated into modules, which allow you to control specific aspects of your business’ inventory. There are all sorts of options you can choose from to make each module work the way you want it to. Everything from accounting to bill of materials, vendors, and much more can be updated and customized.


Filter information about your inventory in a variety of ways with the iReports feature. Fishbowl can also create custom reports for you, or you can work with one of our partners to help you come up with exactly the right report you’re looking for.

User Rights

There’s no need to give every Fishbowl Inventory user in your company access to all of your company’s confidential information. Protect yourself by setting limits on what data each user can see and manipulate in Fishbowl Inventory by creating user groups and user rights. This will make it easier for workers to use Fishbowl Inventory because they’ll only have access to pertinent modules that they use frequently. They won’t be confused by modules that have nothing to do with their work.

Pick, Pack, and Ship

Fishbowl Inventory lets you get creative with how you pick, pack, and ship products to customers. For example, some products come pre-packaged, so you don’t need to spend time performing that step before you ship them. Other products take a lot of time between picking, packing, and shipping them, so it might take several people and days to complete this entire process. In other cases, all three tasks are accomplished rapid-fire. Fishbowl Inventory lets you handle any type of pick/pack/ship job.

Tracking Methods

Parts, products, and other materials can be tracked in many ways. You can even use multiple tracking methods at the same time. For example, if you want to track a certain color part by its serial number, you can search for parts that meet those two criteria. There are more examples of tracking methods than you can count. The point is that just about any way you want to track your inventory, you can do it in Fishbowl Inventory.


Fishbowl Inventory organizes part and product information into tables to make it easier for importing and exporting to other programs, as well as being able to organize a lot of information. You can add columns to tables to hold certain information on orders, such as when they are received and shipped, what their status is, and much more. You can also delete columns, rearrange them, and resize them.

Default Modules

You can not only set user rights, but you can also customize each user’s experience with Fishbowl Inventory. Users can save modules so they will open automatically when they open the program on their computer.


You can modify the way Fishbowl Inventory looks by choosing from a number of themes. This doesn’t affect its functionality, but it is another nice way to make the software yours.


About Robert Lockard

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.
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One Response to Fishbowl’s Flexibility: Customizing to Meet Customers’ Unique Needs

  1. marilyn bigney says:

    Sounds like Fishbowl can handle all my inventory needs!

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