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Add inventory products in QuickBooks Online

Learn how to add your inventory products in QuickBooks Online Plus and Advanced.

Add everything you buy and sell in your inventory into QuickBooks. Then, let QuickBooks update the quantity on hand as you work so you don't have to. Once you're set up, it's easy to track inventory in QuickBooks and add products to sales forms.

If you buy and sell products and services but don't track them as part of your inventory, here's how to add them to QuickBooks.

  • Inventory: Products you sell and track quantities for. Inventory features are available for QuickBooks Online Plus and Advanced. Here's how to turn on and use inventory features.
  • Non-inventory: Products or items you buy or sell, but don't need to track quantities. For example, nuts and bolts you use for installation jobs but don't sell directly.
  • Services: Services you provide to customers.
  • Bundle: Several products or services you sell together as a single item. For example, a gift basket.

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.

  1. Go to Sales, then Products and Services.
  2. Select New or Add a product or service. Then select Inventory.
  3. 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

  1. 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 fiscal year, enter your products’ quantities at that time.

    But if you’re simply adding a new product from a vendor, enter “0” as its initial quantity. Then, after saving, track how many of this product you receive from vendors. This ensures you don’t double its initial quantity.

  2. Add a Reorder point to get alerts when it's time to reorder.
  3. 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

  1. Add your product’s description on sales forms. This shows on invoices, sales receipts, and other forms you send to customers.
  2. Add the Sales price/rate.
  3. 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. Or learn more on chart of accounts first.
  4. Select the Sales tax category ▼ drop-down and specify how the item should be taxed. If you don’t see this drop-down, set up sales tax in QuickBooks.
  5. Add your product’s description on purchase forms. This will show on bills, purchase orders, and other forms you send to vendors.
  6. Add the product’s Cost. If this changes, don’t worry. You can still enter the updated price when you buy supplies.
  7. From the Expense account ▼ drop-down, select Cost of Goods Sold. QuickBooks uses this account to track the cost of products you sell.
  8. Select a preferred vendor. QuickBooks remembers your preferred vendor so you can reorder this product easily.
  9. 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.

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