How To Add Vendors In QuickBooks Pro

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How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

When you’re setting up your QuickBooks Pro software, it’s easy to remember to add customers (since that’s the bread and butter of your business), but it’s important not to forget about your vendors.

We already explained one method adding vendors in How to Import Vendors Into QuickBooks Pro, but you can also add vendors manually.

If you already read How To Add Customers In QuickBooks Pro, then this process is going to be a piece of cake. If not, don’t worry. We’ve broken everything down into 16 simple steps.

Table of Contents

Create A Vendor

To add a vendor in QuickBooks Pro, begin by going to Vendors>Vendor Center>New Vendor…

Vendor Information is divided into five sections: Address Info, Payment Settings, Tax Settings, Account Settings, and Additional Info. The only required field is Address Information, but we’ll go over the others as well.

Step 1: Enter Vendor’s Name

Type your vendor’s name.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 2: Add An Opening Balance (Optional)

You can add the opening balance you owe your vendors.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

If you add an opening balance, you’ll also need to select an “as of” date. You can click on the blue “How do I determine the opening balance?” link for more details.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Add Address Information

Step 3: Enter The Company Name

Add your vendor’s company name.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 4: Write Vendor’s Full Name

Enter your vendor’s full name and title.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 5: Add Vendor’s Job Title

Fill in your vendor’s job title.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 6: Record Vendor Details

Use the drop-down menus to save eight fields of vendor details, including:

  • Main Phone
  • Home Phone
  • Work Phone
  • Mobile
  • Alt. Phone
  • Alt. Mobile
  • Main Email
  • CC Email
  • Alt. Email 1
  • Alt. Email 2
  • Website
  • LinkedIn
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • URL 1
  • URL 2
  • URL 3
  • URL 4
  • Skype ID
  • Other 1
  • Other 2
  • Other 3

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 7: Add A Billing Address

Edit your vendor’s address information.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 8: Add A Shipping Address

If the vendor’s shipping address is the same as their billing address, click “Copy>>.” If not, fill in the proper shipping address now. Then click the blue “OK” button.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Adjust Payment Settings

Step 9: Add An Account Number

Add an account number for your vendor (if applicable).

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 10: Select Default Payment Terms

Select the proper default terms for this particular vendor. You can choose between:

  • 1% 10 Net 30
  • 2% 10 Net 30
  • Consignment
  • Dues on receipt
  • Net 15
  • Net 30
  • Net 60

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 11: Edit Print Settings

Choose how you want your vendor’s name printed on checks (in our case, we chose the company name rather than the name of an individual at the company).

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 12: Set A Credit Limit

You can set a credit limit if desired.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 13: Set A Billing Rate Level

Much like customer pricing levels, it’s possible to create billing rate levels in QuickBooks. You can add one now or click the blue question mark to learn more about this feature.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Edit Tax Settings

Step 14: Enter A Vendor Tax ID

If applicable, enter a vendor tax ID. At this time, also mark whether the vendor is eligible for a 1099 tax form (1099’s are used for freelancers and independent contractors).

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Edit Account Settings

Step 15: Attach Vendors Expenses To An Account

Tell QuickBooks where you want vendor bill transactions to be recorded. Choose an expense account from the chart of accounts drop-down menu.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Add Additional Info

Step 16: Specify A Vendor Type

Use the drop-down menu to note where this customer came from. You can choose:

  • Consultant
  • Service providers
  • Suppliers
  • Supplies
  • Tax agency

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 17: Create Custom Fields

You can create a custom field for your vendor. Click the “Define Fields” button in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Then write a label for your custom field and select whether that custom field applies to contact, vendors, or employees.

How to Add Vendors in QuickBooks Pro

Step 18: Save The Vendor

Finally, save your vendor by clicking the blue “OK” button on the bottom of the screen.

How to Add Customers in QuickBooks Pro

You can view your vendor list or go back to the Vendor Center to make sure the vendor saved correctly. Repeat this process as many times as needed until all of your vendors are successfully added to your QuickBooks account.

If you have any troubleshooting issues, check out the QuickBooks Community or call QuickBooks directly. If you have any further questions, leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help you.

Chelsea Krause

Chelsea Krause is a writer, avid reader, and researcher. In addition to loving writing, she became interested in accounting software because of her constant desire to learn something new and understand how things work. When she’s not working or daydreaming about her newest story, she can be found drinking obscene amounts of coffee, reading anything written by C.S. Lewis or Ray Bradbury, kayaking and hiking, or watching The X-Files with her husband.

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