You know the story of “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.” A little girl wanders into a big forest, comes across a house, and tries to find a happy medium in a few situations. She tastes three bowls of porridge and finds the first two to be too hot or cold before finding the third one to be just the right temperature. Then she sits on three chairs and feels like the first two aren’t the right size for her, but the third one is, even though it breaks under her weight. Finally, she comes across three beds. The first one is too hard, the second is too soft, and the third is so comfortable that she falls asleep on it.
It turns out that inventory management software works in much the same way as the three options that Goldilocks kept facing. Without further ado, I present Goldilocks and the Three Softwares.
Too Hot: ERP
Small businesses can really get burned by an expensive enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution.
For most small and midsize businesses, an ERP is impractical for several reasons. It’s too expensive, it has too many features that they don’t use, and it takes a lot of money and work to maintain year after year. It’s not necessary to throw so much money at the problem because doing so ties up far too much capital that a small business could put to better use in other areas.
Too Cold: Temporary Solution
Inventory solutions that are too small and inflexible can leave a business cold.
There are many temporary inventory management solutions. One is making handwritten notes on pieces of paper and another is manually entering inventory numbers into Excel spreadsheets. A bit more advanced is using cheap inventory management software, but it is all too often unable to keep up with a company’s demands as it grows beyond the software’s limitations. Each of these solutions can lead to major problems if data is lost or corrupted, and it’s impossible to automate data entry or easily generate complex reports on trends.
Just Right: Fishbowl
The best inventory solution is just right around the corner.
Fishbowl is more than an inventory management solution. It has all of the features to meet the manufacturing, warehouse management, order management, and other logistical needs of small and midsize businesses. But even beyond all of that, Fishbowl integrates with dozens of other business solutions, from Amazon to UPS. This makes Fishbowl a full-blown business automation platform! All of these features and integrations make it possible for a small business to stay with Fishbowl for many years as they grow into more locations and encounter heavier inventory loads.
Get an inventory management solution that is just right for your business today by signing up for an online demo of Fishbowl. Fishbowl is neither too hot nor too cold, it’s just the right size for your business, and it won’t break under the load of a large database. Many businesses are so comfortable with Fishbowl’s flexible features that they wind up staying with it for the long term.
Now that’s a happy ending that’s easy to bear.
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.