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Keeping an Inventory of Handmade Greeting Cards

I'm setting up shop in a studio downtown. I want to make an inventory sheet for my greeting cards that I will be selling there. I don't really know how to go about creating this. I don't have any business/office apps on my computer. Do you have any suggestions on how I can come up with this or create this? Or do you feel its necessary? The last time I did anything like this it was hard to keep track because I wan't really keeping track. And I want to make sure I'm getting paid the right amount for each card sold. Can you please help.

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April 2, 20180 found this helpful
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Unless you are really adept at setting up spreadsheets you may have trouble trying to create your own inventory/sales sheets/records.

  • Will you also be needing this information for your IRS/state income reporting records? IRS Form C for personal income reporting & Social Security & Medicare taxes?
  • I'm just mentioning these because if your answer is yes (or ?) - then you probably need a bookkeeper/accountant to set this up and get you started.
  • If you have a junior college or university within driving distance you may be able to get free help (or almost free) by utilizing some students enrolled in accounting or bookkeeping.
  • This type of help is requested quite often at our universities and the students usually receive extra credits so someone is almost always willing.
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  • It is not a complicated process, just pay a visit to the college office and tell them what you are trying to do and see if they will help.
  • Occasionally, a teacher will set something like this up as lesson plan and that works well also (you get lots of ideas/plans to choose from).
  • They may send you to several departments but keep going because when you receive their help, I think you will be amazed at sharp these students can be.
  • Take a look at some of the inventory spreadsheets and then don't be shy - go ask for help because I really believe you will need it
  • Of course, you can always pay a bookkeeper or accountant several hundred dollars but it may not be as good as the students'.
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April 1, 20180 found this helpful

You can use the Google suite. It is free and has word processing, spreadsheet, and other apps for offices.

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I would set up a spreadsheet showing the type of card and what you should charge for it.

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April 2, 20180 found this helpful

I'm with Judy: set up a spreadsheet. You can use your choice of headings (suppliers, for example, themes, costs and so on), can add more as you go along and even include payment details (by date and / or invoice). Once you become familiar with the program you can sort and organize any number of different ways and find information in seconds. Good luck!

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