Inventory and Ordering: With a little bit of wizardry, Excel can not only keep track of how much inventory you should have, but it can Email you an alert when you get too low on a particular product, making ordering a breeze. Doing the Schedule: Of course, Excel can be used to graphically display what times any given employee will be on the clock and thus make it easy to ensure that all of the necessary coverage is there for you. Customer Tracking: Few businesses need to track customers more accurately over a longer period of time than an auto shop; Excel offers you the power to do just that. By setting up an entry form that gathers the necessary information and then stores it deep in another sheet, you can easily keep records on hundreds of customers and their vehicles over months and years. Receipts: Because of an auto shop's specific needs when it comes to breaking down parts, labor, taxes, and other charges, Excel makes for an excellent receipt_making program.
Once this person has a financial template, they can use it to create forms the template will simply guide them through. The mere fact that the template has certain line items _ like the Balance Sheet, for example, forces you to think in a well_organized fashion and gather the information according to the structure of the template _ cash balances, accounts receivable, fixed assets, liabilities, etc. The same goes for a Business Plan. A well_designed financial template can steer you away from making some fundamental mistakes. A client of mine brought me a self_prepared Business Plan once and we both smiled at the many line items he had on his Profit & Loss statement which really belonged on a Balance Sheet. With a professionally designed template, he wouldn't have made that mistake.