Why You Should Outsource Your Spreadsheet Creation
Before I tell you why you should outsource your spreadsheet creation, there are times that you should do it yourself. Those times are few and far between but, if either of these criteria are met, even I would say that it is best to make your spreadsheets in-house.
1. You have a genuine spreadsheet specialist on staff (not just someone who says they ‘know Excel’). Making spreadsheets is part of that expert’s job description, and they have the time to do so.
2. You have so much time on your hands, you don’t need to make money, and you want to spend time making spreadsheets.
If either of these apply to you, then I wish you all the best. If not, then please read on and see why it is best that you outsource the creation of your spreadsheets.
Here are some reasons why it is a good idea to do so:
Professional spreadsheet consultants, like myself, make spreadsheets all day on most days. We know more than most people, because we make different types of spreadsheets all the time and we are learning all the time. We’re not just using the same one, like most staff members, so we have more versatility. We are most probably better at making spreadsheets, and most likely quicker too.
People often ask my hourly rate and, to be quite honest, it really doesn’t matter. I will quote per project, so it doesn’t matter how long it takes to make. That way, you know what price you’re in for, and you can decide whether it’s worth it for you or not. Ask yourself this question: if you were to make the spreadsheet, how long would it take you, and what is your hourly rate? If it would cost you more to make it, than I charge, why would you not use me?
More ideas and suggestions
A consultant is independent and can bring some good ideas to the table. I deal with loads of businesses and create spreadsheets for all sorts of applications. I almost never follow the client’s initial specifications. I always offer advice and suggestions, to mould the client’s specifications, to ensure the best product. If you made it yourself, you would miss out on that advice.
Quicker and less stressful
I am focused on making your spreadsheet. You know what it’s like – you start making a spreadsheet, and then your business takes over. You end up running after clients, and then your spreadsheet gets put on the back burner, and who knows when you’ll get to it. Like with you, my clients come first. Being my client ensures that your spreadsheet will get done on time.
So, now there is only one question to ask yourself. Why are you still making your own spreadsheets? If I can make them better and quicker than you, and the price that I charge is worth it (as it saves you many hours), then it is really silly to still make spreadsheets yourself.
Think about all the spreadsheets you could use in your business, and then get in touch. I’ll even make it easy for you. Simply complete the ‘Request a Call’ section if you’d like me to give you a call or click the ‘Contact Us’ button to use other contact methods.
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