If you hold stock then the chances are you have a 'system' which tells you how much you have. Many of the businesses we meet use Excel to record their sales, keep track of their purchasing and monitor their stock levels, it's something they've done for a long time and used to work fine when the business started out. Lets face it, Excel is widely available, widely used and the chances are you'll already have it so its natural to start using it when starting out. We normally get a call when this process starts breaking down. As a business grows, it's processes get harder to manage. More suppliers, more stock on hand and more staff (all signs of a thriving business) need 'more system'. A stock control system works by reducing the amount of admin needed to sell. How? Firstly a good stock control system will eliminate double entry, you only have to enter a sale once, the stock is updated automatically purchasing is advised and invoices are transferred to an accounts package such as Sage with just a few clicks. Secondly, integrating itself with your customers, suppliers, website and carriers further reduces the double entry. If your customers can place an order online, you then import it automatically, allocate stock or place orders with your supplier and finally advise your carrier to make the delivery with a single click (or less), you will soon see that fulfilling sales can be the slickest part of your business. This level of automation is what a good stock control system can achieve, quite simply.