How Much Should Inventory Management Software Cost?

Dollar question mark, Fishbowl BlogA question every business needs to ask is how much inventory management software should cost. You can’t expect to get something for nothing, but you should be able to expect high quality for the right price.

Purchasing inventory software is a big deal. You need to make sure you make the best choice because the wrong one could lead to more expenses and wasted time. Here are three ways to help you avoid paying too much for inventory management software:

1. Define Your Needs

If you know exactly what you need, you’ll have an easier time judging inventory software solutions. Make a checklist that includes such things as barcode printing and scanning, inventory tracking, warehouse management and inventory forecasting. Armed with this information, you can narrow down the field to solutions that have the features you’re looking for.

Keep in mind that your needs will change as you grow, so it’s also a good idea to do your research and find out what other features you might need in a few years. A cheaper solution might wind up costing you more if it’s not scalable and must be replaced when you outgrow it.

2. Ask About Promotions

If you find a great inventory software solution but it’s just outside of your price range, you could ask if they’re offering a special promotion or if they’re willing to accept a payment plan. This is a good strategy to start taking your small business to the next level without overextending yourself financially.

3. Measure Your Return on Investment

Good inventory management software should pay for itself within the first few months of purchasing it. It pays for itself by cutting costs, increasing revenue, saving time and reducing staff needs. It’s possible to calculate your return on investment before buying inventory management software if you use an ROI tool. If you can compare the ROI of multiple inventory software solutions, you can tell which one offers the best value.

So how much should inventory management software cost? It all depends on if it does the job you want it to, doesn’t break the bank and pays for itself quickly. It’s up to you to decide what is the right amount to pay. The right inventory software could turn out to be much cheaper than other solutions, or it could be more expensive but save you more money in the long run.

A good way to test inventory management software is to sign up for an inventory software demo. See for yourself if it feels right for you.

About Robert Lockard

Robert Lockard is a copywriter with Fishbowl. He writes for several blogs about inventory management, manufacturing, QuickBooks and small business. Fishbowl Inventory is the #1-requested inventory management software for QuickBooks users. Robert enjoys running, reading, writing, spending time with his wife and children, and watching movies. His favorite movies include Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Fiddler on the Roof, Back to the Future and Lawrence of Arabia.
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