How Me Making Games Can Help Your Business

This title could seem misleading, or even wrong, but I can assure you that there is a link. I create custom spreadsheets (mainly in Excel) for businesses, not just for financial applications, but for all sorts of reasons. CRM, project management, process mapping, HR management, just to name a few of the categories which I have covered. How does making games help with this? Glad you asked, I’ll explain.

Making games is excellent training for creating custom spreadsheets. Not only because they are fun to make, but also because they present me with unique issues which I may not face daily. Having said that, they help me to push myself and Excel, to see what can be done. This makes me able to offer business owners, like you, better and more creative spreadsheet solutions. Here are 3 ways how making games really helps me to provide a better service to businesses.

1. Presentation

This is possibly the biggest help. Often business solutions can be boring and clinical. We often try and make reports look as important as possible. Very often business owners are not interested in presentation, all they seem to care about is that the data is there. I’m not suggesting that we make business spreadsheets look like games, but I do think that we could be more adventurous with our presentation designs. Games are all about presentation Yes, the formulas need to work, but the way a game is presented is important. Making games helps me to find new ways to present data. Not only that, but it helps me to find ways to manipulate data to have the right presentation. Sometimes that is helpful, when businesses want bespoke graphs which Excel doesn’t offer.

2. New Formulas and Functions

We all get stuck in a rut, myself included. We often slip into a process of ‘this is what I did before, so I’ll do the same again’. There is nothing wrong with this, but I like to offer each client something bespoke, which is specific for them. Making games stretches me to do new things. I can’t just do what I always do, as the games often call for new formulas and functions. This means that I would need to look at some new options. Each game I make, I usually end up using new formulas which I have not used before. The number of times when I have learned a new formula making a game, and then got a chance to use it in a project soon afterwards, fully justifies the time I spend making these games. The more I learn about how to get Excel to do what I want, the better your solution will be if you use my services.

3. Perseverance and Discipline

If you use Excel often, you will know how frustrating it can be at times. Now don’t get me wrong – I love making spreadsheets, but sometimes it can be frustrating when it doesn’t go according to plan. Some of the games which I’ve made have caused me the most frustration, which is odd because I don’t HAVE to make them. My wife will tell you that I don’t give up easily, and fighting with these games to get them to work is often good training for what I need to overcome with a business spreadsheet. Once I have started a spreadsheet, I hate to admit defeat. So, if I have to, I will fight until it is finished. This is a good discipline to learn, and making games really pushes me to learn this.

So, there you have it, 3 ways how making games can help me to help your business. If you’d like to get your hands on one of these games, you can do so. You can now download our Spreadsheet Rugby World Cup Game.

Enjoy, and contact us if you need anything for your business.