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I am looking to take my small distribution company from Quickbooks Premier to Sage 50. I am a little hesitant because everyone in my office is used to quickbooks, however quickbooks inventory management is insufficent for what we need to keep track of. From what I have read Sage 50 has a much more elaborate inventory system. I just wanted to get some ideas on how big of a jump it is from Quickbooks to Sage 50. I also want to know how easy is it to get support on fixing issues you come across as with quickbooks every accountant can help you, but it seems Sage might be a different story.
Inventory is one of Sage 50's strengths. If you'll provide more information about what inventory problems you are trying to solve we can help you determine if Sage 50 is a good fit for you.
While the easiest accounting program to use is always the one you already know, Sage 50 is not difficult to use. I think it has a cleaner, much better organized user interface than QuickBooks which makes it easy to learn. I recommend you take a test drive to see for yourself. Also, I would be happy to do a demo with you to help answer your questions.
You've already found one good source of Sage 50 help in this community. There is also a network of Certified Consultants, similar to QB's ProAdvisor network. Anyone in this community with the CC icon next to their name is a Sage 50 certified consultant or Sage 50 Solution Provider. We are independent consultants so rates will vary. If you want to find someone close enough to come on site, you search can by location at http://sagesoftwarecertifiedconsultants.com/CC-Peachtree. And of course you can also contact Sage support directly.
Basically for my business I have products manufacturered for me that i distribute to grocery stores. I have to provide all the raw materials to my manufacturers to produce our goods. For example I supply the ingredients, packaging goods, etc and the manufacturer just simply charges me for producing the product and thats it. My problem with quickbooks is that i cannot keep track of inventory levels at each manufacturer and also at my 2 warehouses that I have. I use the build assembly options in quickbooks to deplete inventory levels at the manufacturers such as if i am making a case of potato chips. I have the bag, product, & case as seperate inventory parts, but once the product is produced i create build assemblies so that it subtracts 12 bags, 1 case of chips, and 1 corrugated box off of the inventory list, if this makes any sense.
These are the options that I am really looking for as I have 3 different manufacturers and 2 warehouses that I have to keep inventory levels at.
I am trying out the test drive and came across another questions which is how do you get a P&L report for monthly/yearly?
Sage 50 calls it an Income Statement instead of a P&L. You will find it by going to the Reports & Forms menu > Financial Statements. The Standard Income Statement will give you both current month and year to date. There is also an Income Statement 12 Period that will show all 12 months in one report. Keep in mind that all of the financial statements can be customized.
The warehouses are a much bigger issue. Sage 50 is not designed for multiple warehouses either. Sage 50 Quantum Manufacturing Edition is Sage 50 Quantum bundled with MiSys Manufacturing. Misys can handle multiple inventory locations. But it handles the raw materials and manufacturing process, then transfers the finished goods to Sage 50's inventory. Then you use Sage 50 for invoicing. That would solve your problem if you don't stock the same item in both warehouses or if one of your warehouses is "finished goods" and the other is "raw materials".
You may also want to check out an addon for Sage 50 called BizOps. I've not used it personally, but from what I've read it looks like invoicing happens inside BizOps so invoicing would still be multi-warehouse aware.
I do stock the same products in both my warehouses, but my raw material inventory list is different for each manufacturer, but some manufacturers have the same raw materials even though they are in different locations.
If I was to just get Sage without getting the advanced inventory and just tracked inventory in excel as i do now for the time being, which version and I best off getting. I was looking at the Premium version.
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