By . Inventory Spreadsheet. At Saturday, May 15th 2021, 04:23:25 AM.
Employees in home offices, vendors based overseas, and field sales teams scattered over five continents must function and interact while disconnected from their respective corporate IT assets. By necessity, they improvise. They use the tools they know and the tools they have in common. What began as stop-gap workarounds have now become de facto standards for intra-company and intercontinental business. Outlook and Excel have become the functional core applications for 21st century collaboration and productivity. So whats the problem? Excel was designed as a personal productivity tool, but is now relied on as an enterprise-class application performing as the lynchpin to the "flat world". Every week, millions of Excel spreadsheets circle the globe launched from Starbucks, airline lounges, and office cubicles. For internal applications and data, Corporate IT enforces security, version control, user rights, backup and permissions. But Excel is out there. Its on nearly every computer worldwide and can be created, edited - and thanks to email -exchanged wherever, and whenever, theres a WiFi connection.
As a spreadsheet entry worker, you must have good computer skills, especially with using spreadsheets. It is also important that you have a good typing speed, including attention to detail. You can begin this work as a high school graduate; however, to advance and apply for higher salaried jobs, you need to train yourself in other skills like transcription, writing, and translation. The average pay will vary with the level of expertise and the job complexity. A regular job will pay you per hour and the rates can range from $10 to $20 per hour. Having higher qualifications and expertise will earn you more money, than the individual who has only basic skills. Sometimes the employer will have a fixed salary scale or a fixed project rate which is non-negotiable.
The second wall that hinders a small companys growth is similar but another rung up the ladder. The system that supported five people is starting to break down under the strain of 30 people. A new type of thinking must be applied to streamline the companys operations and automate them - again. This time, the system will be larger, will take longer to design (or purchase), and cause more of a disruption in company operations when it is implemented. What happens internally when a system no longer meets the needs of the busy employees? They start creating workarounds to get their job done... and often their solutions involve spreadsheets. And so, the spreadsheet culture is reborn and the cycle begins again. The need for new and/or different systems to support a companys growth is not avoidable. Just plan to address them before the pain at each juncture is so great that your people start leaving for a company that has better, more efficient systems in place. When you do start this planning phase, be sure to use experts that are not tied to a particular solution. You know the old saying... When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.