By . Budget Spreadsheet. At Thursday, April 08th 2021, 00:43:06 AM.
There are many out there that get daunted by the prospect of designing their own personal budget spreadsheet to manage their finances. In addition, there are literally hundreds of different products out there that claim to offer the best spreadsheets for the job. In order to reduce this unnecessary confusion Ive written this article to emphasise the 3 important characteristics that the spreadsheet you end up choosing must have. Easy-To-Use Probably the most important feature (especially for beginners) is that it must be generally very easy to use. Even if you are a computer whiz, you should opt for one that is really simple to learn and use. This is because your parents or older folk may want to use your program to manage their finances. Chances are these people will not be as capable as you with computers and thus their needs have to be accommodated. You also dont want to spend too much time teaching them the program.
For easier comparison purposes, budget spreadsheets should be arranged in columns and rows with the rows detailing the specific niches such as sales, supplies and distribution. The columns can have such headings as Expenditure or Income pages followed by the actual figureheads. In this way it would be easier to make a comparison of such aspects as supplies against sales to identify the area that is performing well and one that undergoes losses. Then one can use the same excel table at the end of the year to come up with the annual returns or losses for each category. The margin of losses, if any, can pinpoint the way for budgeting in the coming year. Returns on the other hand can be great in scaling the market dynamics that prove favorable and that ought to be followed in the coming business semester.
Calculator On Hand A very useful feature that comes necessary when formulating a budget is a calculator, and theres none better than having one embedded in the program. You will not always have a physical calculator on your table so to save you the hassle of finding your missing calculator around your home, an electronic calculator becomes handy. Furthermore, your physical calculator could run out of battery or run into problems. In this case, the programs calculator will always be available and working fine. Data Representation Finally, a very good feature for budgeting is the ability to represent the data in your planned budget in many forms. This aids in understanding the budget better and can help you find problems with your budget. The data you will enter in the rows and columns of your spreadsheet will not make much sense unless it is transformed into a chart or pie graph. Your program must be able such a thing in an instant. To finish, its important to know that every day, new programs are coming out offering "new" or "better" features than other products or previous versions. However, the above 3 characteristics will continue to be the most important ones. Keep this in mind while looking out for new products for your personal budget spreadsheet.