Barcode scanners and stock control management software are not just for large companies anymore. Keeping track of inventory is a task that is required of small to medium sized business, as well as large companies. Even modestly sized companies of only a few employees, that sell manufactured goods or off-the-shelf merchandise also need ways to track and control inventory. All companies need a streamlined way to keep track of items sold and items in inventory. There are now software inventory management applications that are specifically created for the needs of smaller and mid-sized businesses. These out-of-the-box applications are not simply smaller versions of software created for larger companies. Created for small and mid-sized businesses, these new barcode products are ready to use out of the box when purchased. Wireless scanners are available, as are laser scanners, that will read codes to streamline data entry into stock control software. They can also easily manage inventory and be alerted when reorder levels are reached. Running out of stock doesnt have to be an option anymore. Cordless scanners allow easy scanning of codes while moving about the store or warehouse. Wireless scanners may be used with many mobile computing devices. Easy to use, just point the laser guided unit at the barcode to scan on an item or even on paper with multiple codes listed. The laser guide scans and records the barcode without hassle. In addition, many inventory tracking software programs also support use with mobile devices. In addition to recording information, the inventory management tracking software barcode software enables easy recording of the scanned items description, item code and price on invoices, within documents, and within spreadsheets. Conversely, the software may be used to create codes that may also be included in documents and invoices. The software is easily integrated with popular office tools such as Microsoft Word and Excel. Barcode software may also be used to create labels, scan sheets and inventory labels. Just print the barcodes to label paper and they are ready to use. Inventory tracking software for small and medium sized business, in most cases, requires no special hardware. These applications are installed on a standard Windows-based computer and are ready to use. Minimal setup and configuration is needed and the software is ready to go once installed. Quick to learn, your employees will need only minimal training to use these barcode scanners and software. Barcode scanners and inventory management software for small and medium sized businesses are a great investment to save the company time and resources, and provide precision control over inventory tracking procedures. Barcode scanners and similar software may also be used to implement asset tracking for fixed assets and may also be used as point of sale strategies. Just like the large companies have done for years, barcode scanners used with accompanying software may now be implemented in several ways for small to mid-sized companies. As scanners and inventory management software is now affordable and easy to use, more small and mid-sized companies will adopt this method of tracking their inventory and assets. In todays business environment such technology has become a necessity.