By . Tracking Spreadsheet. At Friday, April 30th 2021, 06:59:55 AM.
Our first step is to capture non-quantitative data in the spreadsheet, so we reserve a worksheet for that. This is used for location and condition information such as address, zoning category, residential vs. commercial, neighborhood, occupancy in the building and surrounding area, school district, etc. This will all be useful for financing and insurance purposes, as well as keeping track of a number of properties if you have a large real estate portfolio or a property management company. You might want to put it into a standard database format in case you want to save and analyze the information later. We want to look at costs, so we reserve a tab in the real estate spreadsheet for that. Here, you have a decision. You can either make a large list of standard rehabilitation and operating costs or a smaller list of costs specific to this property. The first option allows you to use the Excel spreadsheet for other properties which are probably not the same. The second option keeps things small and tidy and might work if this is a once-off investment. Either way, you will want to include all of the costs in a timeline schedule by week or month. This would include the re-roofing, paint, plumbing, electrics, landscaping, electricity if you are responsible for it, insurance, etc. The financing costs are likely to be the most complex because you need to estimate not only the interest rates of the loan or loans you get, but the principle amortization, mortgage insurance, etc. This can be complex from a calculations standpoint. How granular you get with costs is up to you.
You may want to create a workbook with multiple sheets for various aspects of your budget. You can have one sheet that keeps track of savings and investments and another sheet that lists your monthly bills. You may also want to track your current spending on one sheet with columns for different categories. Some individuals will list the budgeted amount in one column and then list the actual amount spent in the column next to it. Spreadsheet applications are useful for home and small businesses. Some people keep a home inventory list on a spreadsheet and others use spreadsheets for a variety of applications. Creating your budget and maintaining it is easy when you use budgeting spreadsheets. These are also easy to print out if you desire.
Spreadsheets are an absolute must for every internet marketer, or business owner. If you are not familiar with them, then you should familiarize yourself with Google Spreadsheets. These sheets can be accessed from your Google account, and are 100% free, safe and secure, and very easy to use. Plus you can access them from anywhere in the world where there is an internet connection. If you are new to online marketing, a spreadsheet may seem like a waste of time to you, but as you start building your webpages, and websites you will begin to see the importance of keeping all information stored neatly in one file, a several files. So I recommend you start off by keeping all your information neatly organized in order to avoid having to clean up a huge mess later.