Ah, it's that very slow time of year in the craft selling, when sales have pretty much come to a halt. People just don't want to sit in front of their computers and shop for knitted things. And I can't blame them!
So, the last couple months I've been working on the mind-numbing business side of the world. Setting up a customer database and taking a full inventory, and all the while brainstorming up new product ideas to use with my mountains of excess supplies.
If anyone reading this is also in the crafts selling business, I would be remiss if I didn't spread the word about the inventory management software I found. A company called WakefieldSoft has a wonderful little program called DoInventory. You can get it for your Palm, PocketPC, or just your desktop PC. It is very customizable and easy to use, and it will support a barcode scanner if you wish.
Here are screenshots from all three platforms. From top to bottom: Palm, PocketPC, Desktop.
There is a fully functional demo you can download and try for two weeks to see if it will work for you. Give it a shot! You've got nothing to lose for trying it. It beats the pants off of all the freeware programs I've tried, and it's not overly bloated with things I'll never use like the higher priced titles.