Companies using a combination of QuickBooks and Excel are oftentimes looking to find a more robust system alternative, but are not ready for an enterprise-level ERP system. For these types of firms looking for a low-cost option that will not require the replacement of QuickBooks, we recommend Fishbowl—a manufacturing and inventory control system that integrates seamlessly with QuickBooks. Fishbowl Manufacturing is designed for small to mid-sized companies looking for a complete inventory management system without replacing QuickBooks for accounting.

Fishbowl Manufacturing is easy to implement and affordable, yet flexible enough to meet the needs of companies that require more streamlined inventory control, material requirements planning (MRP), and job shop floor control/manufacturing execution. It takes an inventory-centric approach, providing features for barcoding, asset management, raw materials management, cycle counting, and customized reporting. The system also automates the quoting, ordering, and purchasing processes.

Fishbowl Manufacturing is used in just about every industry by companies earning up to $100 million in annual revenue. It offers extensive training and support resources through its training videos, online tutorials, in-house specialists and more. Fishbowl’s seamless integration with QuickBooks makes it easy for users to integrate manufacturing, sales, and distribution processes with back office accounting.

For nearly ten years, Fishbowl has held Intuit’s Gold Partner status, the highest level of service that third-party integrators can achieve. It has many useful features compared to QuickBooks with Advanced Inventory, as you can see in our comparative review table below.

We hope this information is useful to you. Feel free to reach out to Paul Ursich if you have any questions or if you have a client that would like to know more.

Paul Ursich is part of the Advisory Services team at Wiss & Company, LLP. Reach him at

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