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As part of the recent re-launch of the Access product page on Office.com, we've been showing off how Access can help you run your small business. We've published some new free database templates that you can use to organize your business, and we've also provided articles and videos to help you get started using them.
In this post, we'll focus on the Goods database template. If your business involves selling or reselling things, the Goods template is the one for you. Here's a quick video that gives a preview of how it works:
Download the template, enter your products, inventory levels, suppliers, and a few other details, and you're under way. The Goods template lets you track orders, print invoices, and restock the shelves. Lose some inventory due to damage or spoilage? There's a place to track that. Need to know how much you sold in the fourth quarter of last year? Click a button to run the report. And, of course, you can customize the database as your business changes, adding your own fields, forms, and reports.
To learn more about the template, see the article Cut expenses, manage inventory, and ship effectively by using the Goods web database template.
Stay tuned for information about our other business templates, and let us know what you think! What other templates or articles would you like to see? How can we better help you to get the most out of Access?
(updated 3/9/2011 to include the video)
Wow! Thanks for this post! I am currently working on a database in one of my college classes for a small business and the heads up about this is great! I do have one question and that is are any of the templates out there useful in the case that I wish to create a very complex and large database or are the templates mainly for simple databases?
@dlgrondahl, glad you liked the post! To answer your question, any Access template can be used as a starting point for a much more complex database with many forms and reports and large amounts of data. It's just a matter of your requirements and the resources you have to enhance the database. At a certain level of complexity or database size, it can be advantageous to migrate the data to a more enterprise-grade database such as SQL Server, while still using the forms and reports in the Access database. You can get more information about this on Office.com--here's an article to get you started: office.microsoft.com/.../import-or-link-access-to-sql-server-data-HA010341762.aspx