Excel, Helpful to Businesses of All Sizes

I usually try and market to companies containing between 1 and 10 employees. The reason for this is that the product I supply is ideally suited for companies that have expanded beyond a one man band and now have a few people working on a single project. A ‘one man band’ usually relies on a diary, smart phone and the odd word document to do what needs to be done. As a company expands, all of a sudden there may be a few members of staff working on a project. This creates confusion. It is no longer adequate to have the information floating around in someone’s head. It needs to be kept together. This is where I come in with Excel. Using Excel, I can create systems and procedures which will ensure a solid structure. We create templates for your staff to fill in, which then keep track of projects, stock, sales or anything else that is required. This data can then be manipulated to produce all sorts of reports. These reports and statistics are vital for company growth. These templates are also a very handy way to keep all of the relevant data together, and have automatic up to date reports.

It was my impression that all large companies had realised this need, and they had all splashed out on expensive bespoke programmed software. The more I speak to people, the more I realise that this isn’t the case. I was recently chatting to someone who works for a company with around 100 staff members and they were saying that they use Excel for all sorts of tasks. The sad thing is that they were using Excel to capture and store data, but they were doing nothing with that data. This is the case with so many companies. Excel (and other spreadsheet software) is so popular, and most companies are using it to some extent. Sadly, most are not getting out what they could.

I started my business with the idea of creating custom business software (with the use of Excel) for small and medium sized business who could not afford bespoke programmed software. I still do this, and it forms a large part of my business, although larger companies can also benefit from my services. There are limits to Excel, so creating comprehensive business software for large companies would probably be out of the question. The thing is that most of these large companies work in departments, and they break their work down into sections. Now these departments and sections could well be boosted by the introduction of a professionally created Excel spreadsheet or two. Most of the spreadsheets that I get sent, which people have done themselves, require loads of inputting with very little output. I try to get it the other way around. This makes spreadsheets far more useful, and better value for money. I have even saved companies the need to hire extra staff members in the past.

So there you have it, whether you are a one man band or a large company, you can benefit from a spreadsheet or two. Do you use Excel (or similar) already? Do you think that an upgrade to your spreadsheets by a professional would make them more efficient or useful? Do you think that there are ‘gaps’ in your business tasks that could be plugged with a custom made spreadsheet? I know Excel, you know your business. My suggestion is that we work together to make proceedings as simple as possible. If you would like any more information, please take a look around our website. We have some free downloads, PDF examples, a list of 30 problems solved using Excel, Excel as business software and so much more. Please contact us should you have any enquiries or questions, or if you have any Excel documents that you would like us to take a look at.

All the best to you and your company.

Richard Sumner

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