Two years ago I wrote a white paper exploring 19 things Fishbowl can do that QuickBooks can’t. And now I’m going to share a few of those things in this blog post.
Obviously, QuickBooks isn’t meant to be a standalone manufacturing or warehouse management solution. It’s an accounting solution. Fishbowl Manufacturing and Fishbowl Warehouse pick up the slack and handle the inventory logistics that QuickBooks can’t. That’s why Fishbowl is so popular among QuickBooks users.
So let’s dive in and learn about 10 things Fishbowl can do that QuickBooks can’t.
10 Features Where Fishbowl Shines
Fishbowl allows its customers to use the following features in addition to what QuickBooks provides:
1. Create bills of materials for many types of jobs, not just for simple assembly.
2. Create work orders for simple and multistage assembly, disassembly, repair, and replacement jobs and group them together into manufacture orders.
3. Generate and print new barcodes and then scan them rather than only scanning existing barcodes.
4. Use Last In First Out (LIFO) and Standard Cost methods in addition to Average Cost and First In First Out (FIFO).
5. Combine several products into a kit and add that kit to a sales order.
6. In addition to lot numbers and serial numbers, Fishbowl can also track parts by revision levels and expiration dates. Plus, with its Custom Fields option, you can set up virtually any other tracking criteria you like.
7. Issue Return Merchandise Authorizations (RMA) for product returns, repairs, refunds, and replacements.
8. Use production stages in manufacturing to see how close products are to completion. To be fair, QuickBooks Enterprise does have this feature, but every other QuickBooks version does not.
9. Use transfer orders, rather than invoices, to move parts and products between warehouses and other locations.
10. Offer discounts on products with cost-plus pricing and group pricing in addition to a percent discount and dollar amount taken off the price.
Fishbowl and QuickBooks complement each other well. Click this link to learn more about Fishbowl’s integration with QuickBooks and how it benefits your business.
More “Did You Know”
Interested in more information about Fishbowl? Check out all of the previous entries in the Did You Know series of blog posts:
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.