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Help! Need a program to link my shopping cart to!

Krissy4jafraKrissy4jafra Posts: 2subscriber
Calling all experts! What is the best program to use? I am almost done with my e-commerce retail site, I have over 100 products, and I have no idea which program to get to hook to the shopping cart so everything is organized and handeled? Like sales tracking, customer files, credit card transactions, inventory, etc. I`m aware of quickbooks pro, but I thought I`d ask you all about this before I dive into a committment.
Any suggestions?
Feel free to email me [email protected]</A> as well as post here.
THANKS A BUNCH!

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  • vwebworldvwebworld Posts: 40subscriber
    Most quality ecommerce programs include sales tracking, customer files, inventory, etc.
    As far as the bookkeeping part...again a lot of ecommerce programs can communicate with Quickbooks.
    What ecommerce program are you using?
    ~Roland
  • JSIWCJSIWC Posts: 0subscriber
    I use Mal`s e-commerce. It is FREE - totally & requires no additonal links, ads etc. I have close to 100 products and it has reporting capabilities as well. It is used by hundreds of businesses - small to mid-size. I wouldn`t use ANYthing else.
  • Krissy4jafraKrissy4jafra Posts: 2subscriber
    Do you use Mal`s for your shopping cart too?
  • NuevolutionNuevolution Posts: 30subscriber
    Hi Krissy,
    How are you? I have never heard of MAL`s ecommerce, till you mentioned
    it, Krissy there are other applications out there that are free that
    you could have used before going with MAL Shopping Cart. But hey whats
    done is done, I don`t know much about it like I told you, or if it can
    be integrated into Quickbooks. But there is a solution out there that
    may help you out a little. Download a free copy of Microsoft Accounting
    2007. After reading about it and getting trained on it, it`s a very
    powerful software that integrates to just about any ecommerce web site
    including paypal if you have that as a secondary option for payments.

    Other than that you might have to enter things into QuickBooks and have
    QuickBooks Automatically match all your sales when the funds get
    deposited into your business bank account.
    Quick books has a feature that allows you to match all deposits to your invoicing.
    Also check if you can download a copy of your sales in .csv [comma separated value] format and upload it to Quick Books.
  • Krissy4jafraKrissy4jafra Posts: 2subscriber
    Hey Edgar-
    Thanks soo much for taking the time to respond with such detail! Actually thanks to everyone for responding!
    Ed- would you suggest Quick Books Pro? I know I need to hire someone to do this stuff for me, I hate numbers and paperwork but I`ve grown to appreciate it, I just don`t have the time and smart entrepenuers delegate right?
    I`m absolutely going to check out Microsoft Accounting 2007 and try to learn it especially if it works with different shopping carts and paypal. Thanks a bunch! I`ll let you know how it works once my site goes live
    Krissy
  • NuevolutionNuevolution Posts: 30subscriber
    Well, for a long time I was using Quickbooks, simply because I was
    using the "Online Edition", With the online edition it doesn`t matter
    if you`re in New york and your book keeper is in Florida. You can both
    simultaneously log on and go over your sales, Now this is what I really
    liked about QuickBooks online, being able to create an invoice for a
    customer and when you deposit the money it automatically links the
    payments to the corresponding invoice. It even tells you Match found
    for Invoice No###.
    Quick Books also has a Third party installation for Pay Pal but it`s buggy.
    It also allows you to send customers pdf files of their invoice.

    Now with MS Accounting, what I like is it has the same features as
    quickbooks but I think MS still needs to polish up MS ACCOUNTING.
    You can integrate paypal, and any ecommerce shopping cart to it. It
    also offers the Bank Connection feature that Quick Books has.
    Now, what I found useful about MS ACC, is that you can export any
    invoice as XML to a word document and format it. So you can include a
    thank you letter with it.

    If you need a real good book keeper try contacting Bree, she is a good person that is out the help entreprenuers.
    She is a book keeper and I recommend her if you need someone to help you with the paperwork
    KEEP ME POSTED WITH YOUR WEB SITE
  • Krissy4jafraKrissy4jafra Posts: 2subscriber
    I will definately contact Bree! Just looked at her profile. I know this is a dumb question, but can accountants help across the miles? (duh internet lol) But I`m in Buffalo, NY. , how do you do the real paper paperwork......send?
    Bree if you`re reading I am the absolute true being of why you work with the small guys (& gals)- no clue about this stuff for the most part.
    The worst part is, every single business I owned was successful....quickly, but had no strong finacial structure so they could have been better. Plus I never used the internet. Then I had kids so I`ve been quietly working solo, but this company now (Naked Cosmetix) is the biggest thing I`ve ever done, way bigger than I thought it`d be, but I know in my heart it can be a huge success and good enough for QVC and Sephora.
    Another big reason I need a good program (other than falling on my face or having a breakdown) is I have a line of lip gloss products that I am donating a portion of the sales to charity. About 6-7 shades, each for a different charity, I`d love the program to AUTOMATICALLY take away/separate/deposit those funds so they never get lost and easily trackable.
    The problem is, my guys are installing my cart now and I can`t even learn it`s capabilities until they`re done. I wanted to be learning that before it was done. The shopping cart is Secure Pay which is free with my credit card peeps.
    Thanks for letting me vent LOL!
    Bree- call me  I`ll message ya
    Krissy
  • vwebworldvwebworld Posts: 40subscriber
    Another big reason I need a good program (other than falling on my face or having a breakdown) is I have a line of lip gloss products that I am donating a portion of the sales to charity. About 6-7 shades, each for a different charity, I`d love the program to AUTOMATICALLY take away/separate/deposit those funds so they never get lost and easily trackable.
    The problem is, my guys are installing my cart now and I can`t even learn it`s capabilities until they`re done. I wanted to be learning that before it was done. The shopping cart is Secure Pay which is free with my credit card peeps. Krissy
    I do not mean to alarm you  but....My suggestion is to demand to know (from the person installing your cart) the capabilities of the cart...right now. Waiting until after it is installed only works IF the cart does everything you want or need.
    The process for selecting an ecommerce platform/solution should start with a discussion about the current and future needs of the online store as well as the functions and features you want. Only after identifying those needs can an appropriate ecommerce program/solution can be selected.
    And yes... accounting / bookkeeping is fairly universal.  There may be tax and regulations that vary from State to State, but basic bookkeeping is standard.
    ~Rolandvwebworld2007-6-1 8:57:13
  • davidsmith36davidsmith36 Posts: 211subscriber Silver Level Member
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