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ERP System for small company - affordable and easy to use

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I also have been looking for a ERP solution for a small company. Orders and inquiries are managed by spreadsheet, and inventory tracking is essentially non-existent. So we really need something. However, I suspect that these packages are very expensive and time-consuming to manage. Can anyone provide an order-of-magnitude budget estimate for a business with 5 or fewer users? ($100/year? $1000? $10,000?). Also, could an ERP system be managed and maintained in no more than a few hours per week?

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Anonymous
(Senior Accountant) |

Have you considered using Quickbooks or Peachtree? Most small businesses utilize them instead of implementing an ERP system. Personally I haven't used Peachtree but heard that is better than Quickbooks when it comes to inventory management.

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Wayne Spivak
Title: President & CFO
Company: SBAConsulting.com
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(President & CFO, SBAConsulting.com) |

The term ERP is somewhat passe. Systems today have so many add-on's that even the lowest end (what ever that may be) can be fully developed into an all encompassing suite of products (think "best of breed").

Here's an example of just one issue:

Platform. Do you use Apple, Windows or Linux? Maybe its a mixed bag. A solution (not the only one, and maybe not the best one for your situation) is to use a web-enabled product.

Len Green and I have a few webinar's on the subject (on Proformative) and I have a course on Proformative on the basics of choosing a system.

"Before You Buy That Accounting, ERP, or CRM System..."

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