I was hoping some of you probably know of software package or a service you can host.
Participatory City Foundation is a community charity that focuses more on the community side of things rather than the charity side. The objective is to get people talking and doing things toguether. To do that we have many different tools.
The main one of interest is the collaborative business program. We get a highly diverse group of people that want to try selling things. We put them toguether in a sort of incubator of co-ops. One line could be homeware products and another could be baked products.
Participants need for us to buy some consumables for them (we batch purchase and are VAT registered). And we later discount it from their sales (we use izettle POS).
It is currently a load of Google spreadsheets. Because participants see what others have ordered and edit it themselves and we later do the calculations and reports for each participant. I can see how there might be a problem in future (check out xkcd 1667 and 2180).
The solution we are looking for?
An off the shelf hosted solution that give participants ownership and don’t have to wait for us to manually go through spreadsheets to know how they are doing.
Tools we have
Google business but uneasy because of GDPR
Monday dot com
All which are not compulsory to use.
I had a look at gnucash but could not find a way to share it. It is as far as I know for one location only, sadly having a file shared and synced to local machines is not an option.
https://ledgersmb.org/ might be an option But I have been unable to test it because of yak shaving and wanted to make sure there weren’t any other options. And a general accounting system seems to me that it will still need some manual tinkering to do this collaboratively rather than department silos.