Inventory is a dry subject to most, but jewelry artist Tamra Gentry gets excited about inventory and databases. When I attended her talk for the Chicago Metal Arts Guild, I learned how she handles inventory and what some of the options are for databases.
There are a number of cloud based solutions, including some that will sync with your Etsy shop, or other online shops. Those tend to have monthly fees, and I wanted something I could purchase outright.
After hearing Tamra, and talking with my family go-to tech advisors, I went with Bento, a product from Filemaker Pro (for the mac) which also has an app associated with it, so I could enter data right in my studio on my iPod Touch.
One of the great things about Bento is that you can download templates created by other users, saving time and frustration as you learn the software.
Unfortunately, Filemaker has discontinued Bento, and while I could continue to use it (they’re offering some level of support for existing customers), I don’t want to use dead software.
My interim solution has been to cram as much information as possible about each piece of jewelry into the photo of it in iPhoto. This is easy because I’m using iPhoto anyway.
This week, Alyson Stanfield tweeted about this app: My Art, available free in the iTunes store.
I’ll give it a try and let you know how it goes.
What’s your favorite inventory software?