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5 Ways to Use Excel for Business That You’ve Never Thought Of

By November 2, 2018 No Comments

excel for businessDid you know that the global app economy will grow to 6.3 trillion in 2021? It’s proof that there is (or will be) an app for everything.

But despite the prevalence of apps, there is one software that has maintained its relevance for decades. And you can bet it’s not going to go away soon even with a number of apps trying to take its place.

We’re talking about Excel, of course. Or as we like to call it “the gold standard of spreadsheet platforms.” We’ve already covered why that is in a previous post.

Here, we’ll talk about Excel for business uses you’ve never thought about before. Hopefully, with this list, you’ll be more motivated to learn Excel or at least dig a little deeper into the platform.

1. Data Visualization

Some people have this idea that Excel is all about numbers, numbers, and more numbers. And while this is somewhat true, it’s only one of its many capabilities.

For instance, you can make all sorts of charts with Excel. Charts, as you know, are a good way to showcase data in a more visual way.

Another way to use Excel for data visualization is through word clouds. And if you’re feeling artsy, you can even use the platform to make vector art a la Tatsuo Horiuchi, as well as cool animations.

2. Event Planning

Need to plan a corporate luncheon or dinner? No problem, Excel can help you make a seating chart in a jiff.

But what about other events? Let’s say a team-building activity or a charity football game. Aside from seating charts, you can use the platform to track expenses, RSVP lists, and make itineraries if needed.

3. Forms, Quizzes, and Surveys

Did you say more creative Excel uses?

We got you. If you need to send out forms, quizzes, and surveys to employees or customers, Excel can help.

The forms you create on the platform can be printed or completed online. As for quizzes, there are a number of tutorials online. You can even make them interactive if you want.

The same applies to surveys or questionnaires. It’s easier than manually collecting and consolidating data then plugging it into your spreadsheet.

4. Mailing Lists

Sure, everyone in Accounting uses the platform. But that doesn’t mean other teams such as marketing don’t have reasons to use Excel.

If you’re part of the marketing team and in charge of a large campaign, you can use Excel to manage your mailing lists. Tip: Don’t forget to use mail merge so it’s less of a hassle to print address labels.

5. Bullet Journaling

Who says bullet journaling or bujo is only for personal use? Entrepreneurs can use bujo for tracking and managing every aspect of their business. And they can do it all on Excel.

Not an entrepreneur? That’s okay. You can still bujo for office work. Use it to boost productivity by tracking goals, ideation, making project task lists, and more.

Need More Reasons to Use Excel for Business?

This list is only a snapshot of how to use Excel for business. The capabilities of the platform are almost limitless. But you may need an expert to help you unlock its full power.

Want to know how to maximize Excel for business use? Don’t hesitate to contact us.