By . Inventory Spreadsheet. At Friday, May 14th 2021, 01:01:42 AM.
There are two information-related walls that a young company hits while trying to grow. The first wall is what I call "spreadsheet suffocation." It is that stage of information sharing pain that causes people to start cussing. Where did you save the Johnson calculations? Who has the orders spreadsheet locked? Where did my new inventory list go? Did someone write over it? There was 2 days work in that spreadsheet! When a team of people reaches this point - whether they are a small company or a department within a larger enterprise - they need a central collaboration solution built. They may be able to buy it or they may have to build one, depending on their specific needs... but the pain of trying to collaborate is now so high that they are suffocating - a significant growth bottleneck has set in.
Many companies that collect data hire spreadsheet operators. These include research organizations, shopping malls that have collected data from customers, hospitals, learning institutions and recruitment agencies that hire on their behalf. You can find spreadsheet entry jobs by looking on the Internet, or by registering with recruitment and staffing agencies. This requires you to create a compelling profile, and they may require you to prove your skills and typing speed. The other place you can find work is in freelancing websites, where you register and look for employers interested in your skills. Looking for jobs in freelancing websites can be very challenging because the job requires fewer skills, hence it attracts more workers than other skilled jobs. To win this battle, you can combine your skills with other freelancers who have relevant and related skills to win more jobs.
Yet there is no tool for project management that is more popular or widespread than the spreadsheet, despite the fact that spreadsheets are not designed to be project support tools. Even in organizations with an established project management tool, spreadsheets are used. There are obvious reasons for this. A spreadsheet program is on almost every computer in every organization, people are familiar with spreadsheets and how to use them, and people are pre-disposed to use these "office" types of software tools to solve problems. And I am right there with them. I love using spreadsheets to track all kinds of data. It is easy, convenient, and I admit ego-boosting to show off what I can do in a spreadsheet.