Learn how to add your inventory products in QuickBooks Online.
Add everything you buy and sell. Then, let QuickBooks update what's on hand as you work, so you don't have to.
We'll help you add your products. If you have a lot, it might take a while to add them all. But once you’re all set up, it's easy to track inventory with QuickBooks.
Note: Have services or non-inventory products? Here's how to add anything you buy or sell but don’t track as inventory.
Step 1: Turn on inventory tracking
Make sure to turn on inventory tracking so you can add inventory items.
Step 2: Add your product’s name, SKU, and category
Once settings are in order, here’s how to add your inventory products.
Tip: Already keeping track of your products in a spreadsheet? Save time and import all of them at once instead.
- Go to Sales, then Products and Services.
- Select New or Add a product or service. Then select Inventory.
- Add a name, SKU, or category for what you're tracking. Tip: Categories let you group your products and services together so they’re easier to find.
Step 3: Add your product’s quantity, reorder point, and inventory asset account
- Add your product’s Initial quantity on hand. Then enter when you started tracking that quantity in the As of date field.
Note: If you’re new to QuickBooks, initial quantity on hand depends on what date you plan to start tracking your business. For example, if you’ll start tracking from the beginning of your financial year, enter your products’ quantities at that time.
But if you’re simply adding a new product from a supplier, enter “0” as its initial quantity. Then, after saving, track how many of this product you receive from suppliers. This ensures you don’t double its initial quantity.
- Add a Low stock alert to get an alert when it's time to reorder.
- Select the Inventory asset account ▼ drop-down and select Inventory Asset. QuickBooks uses this account to track the cost of all the products you have in stock (or inventory value).
Step 4: Add your product’s sales, tax, and purchasing info
- Add your product’s description on sales forms. This shows on invoices, sales receipts, and other forms you send to customers.
- Add the Sales price/rate.
- Select the Income account ▼ drop-down and find the account you use to track what you sell.
Tip: You can use an income account QuickBooks already set up for you. But if you need a new account, scroll to the top of the drop-down list and select + Add new.
- Select the Tax▼ drop-down and choose the tax rate to be used for the item. If you don’t see this drop-down, set up sales tax in QuickBooks.
- Add your product’s description on purchase forms. This will show on bills, purchase orders, and other forms you send to suppliers.
- Add the product’s Cost. If this changes, don’t worry. You can still enter the updated price when you buy supplies.
- From the Expense account ▼ drop-down, select Cost of Sales. QuickBooks uses this account to track the cost of products you sell.
- Select a preferred supplier. QuickBooks remembers your preferred supplier so you can reorder this product easily.
- Select Save and close.
As you start selling new products, you can use the same steps to set them up.
Change a non-inventory product to inventory
Need to start tracking supply of a product you set up as non-inventory? Change its type to inventory instead of creating a new item.