David K. Williams, the CEO of Fishbowl, is putting the final touches on his book, The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning: Tying Soft Traits to Hard Results. It will be published on July 29, 2013 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., one of the top publishers in the world.
The 7 Non-Negotiables of Winning is a semiautobiographical book about Williams’ experiences starting out as an entrepreneur and eventually coming to run Fishbowl and steer it through turbulent times. He doesn’t pull any punches in talking about his mistakes, successes, and tragedies. He hopes his honesty will help fellow businesspeople make it through their own challenges. Continue reading →
I recently read about the very first conference Intuit put on where they officially opened up QuickBooks to third-party development with applications like Fishbowl Inventory. Intuit had realized that they couldn’t be all things to all people so opening up their software to integration with third-party apps was a very smart way to keep their core product while still providing what their customers needed.
The conference was well done and Intuit pulled out all the stops to make sure it was a success. Lots of food and fun, many interesting and informative presentations, and Scott Cook, the founder of Intuit, gave an interesting speech about the early days of Intuit.
But the thing that fascinated me most were all the ideas people had for products to integrate with QuickBooks. We (Fishbowl) had already decided on advanced inventory control (manufacturing came later), and we felt that was a good market to go after. It was. Other companies specialized in payroll, CRM, report writing, document management, asset management, and everything else you could think of. Some sounded like good ideas to me while others, I hoped, had a good time at this conference because they weren’t going to be around for the next one. Continue reading →
Fishbowl Inventory offers enterprise asset managementfeatures to organizations that need a standalone solution. These are groups like health departments, government agencies, and others that don’t sell many products or use QuickBooks for their accounting. They care about wisely managing their resources within their organizations and maximizing their efficiency.
In the following video, CMO Kirk Tanner explains these concepts in greater detail and shares how the Mississippi State Department of Healthdiscovered what a powerful enterprise asset management solution Fishbowl Inventory is for their health initiatives.
Darkness falls across the theater, a hush falling over the gathered crowd. The spotlight now shines upon you, the emerging Maestro. This moment is the culmination of time, hard work, and even some risk.
You raise your baton, the lights go up… but your orchestra is in disarray. Half of the woodwind section is missing, several string section members arrived with faulty instruments, and your principal percussionist had a previous engagement.
What happened? You were ready to unveil your latest symphony, but a disordered orchestral supply brought your concert to a halt. Continue reading →
One of your primary concerns, as a business owner, should be how much to charge customers for shipping. If you charge too much, you can price yourself out of sales. But if you undercharge, you can end up with less profit than you anticipated. Unless you learn some tricks and tips that can tip the scales in your favor, deciding what to charge for shipping can be a serious challenge.
But it doesn’t have to be that difficult. In fact, there are really two standard shipping options: calculated shipping and flat-rate shipping. As explained below, each of these options has certain merits.
One of the first steps in the process of determining shipping costs is: Use calculations. You should carefully measure and weigh items before you list them. Another tip is to always round the figure up, if needed. Continue reading →
And now, for your reading pleasure, I present my own version of the famous “Who’s on First?” sketch by Abbott and Costello. This one involves inventory parts, of all things. Who knew parts inventory managementcould be so funny?
The following is a conversation between a warehouse manager and a worker who are trying to figure out the parts in their inventory, which have all been labeled by letter rather than number, leading to some pretty serious misunderstandings.
Did you know that Fishbowl Inventory is an ideal inventory management solution for gun manufacturers and retailers? The reason is because Fishbowl Inventory offers all the features you need to track the information required by the U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
To aid in public safety and to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands, ATF requires firearm makers and sellers to monitor certain data about all the weapons they sell. That way there’s a clear paper trail between a gun used at the scene of a crime and its point of origin.
Here are the most important things ATF requires companies in the gun industry to keep track of: Continue reading →
Fishbowl is being honored for the second straight year by the Best of State advisory board as the best software developerin the state of Utah.
Fishbowl provides inventory management software to small and midsize businesses across the United States and a few other countries, too. It won 11 business awards in 2012, including Best of State.
In addition to taking a company’s finances into account, the Best of State advisory board looks at a company’s special achievements in their industry, innovations in how they do business, and improvements to Utah’s quality of life. Fishbowl excels in these three areas. Continue reading →