Lili Ava. Spreadsheet. August 14th , 2021.
Finally, when you add the Web and Internet-based access to the data, you have greatly increased the skill level required to create and manage your database. While there are some really good Internet-facing database programs (Alpha Software, Filemaker, Quickbase from Intuit, and DabbleDb - just to name a few that I know of), none of these are as easy to setup and manipulate as Trackvia.com, a service that has been out for the past year but recently gotten some much-needed improvements.
What I liked most about our ”Forever” Portfolio is that it eliminates most risk. As a lifelong entrepreneur, I really believe that after 40 years of trading and investing, I understand the nature of the unknown and investing RISK. It’s not about going into a spreadsheet, hand picking some dates and blend of assets to see what did best, and then going out and buying those investments. If investing were that easy we’d all be filthy rich!
Generally people find themselves messed up with their finances at home. This happens when there is no proper budgeting of income and the expenditure. The casual approach towards home budget and expenditure on unnecessary items often result in such crisis. It is important that one give equal weighting to prepare a home budget spreadsheet. These spreadsheets not only simplify the budgeting process they make one aware of their resources and how to utilise them best. Moreover with their user-friendly format these spreadsheets allow even a layman prepare their budget without being conversant with Microsoft Excel.
The second wall that hinders a small company’s 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 company’s 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.
Potential investors require as much information as possible and expect it to be presented proficiently in order to be considered professional. Ensure you find the right consulting firm who is able to assist you in creating practical business plans and budgets in order for you to test the potential success or failure of a business idea before a costly process of trial and error is made. Define your needs for start-up capital as well as discovering any requirements for staff training and the associated costs. Initial advertising and marketing schemes as well as taxation requirements and financing costs are all important elements that need to be taken into account with any new or existing business.
When a team of people reaches this point - whether they are a small company or a department within a larger enterprise - they need a central collaboration solution built. They may be able to buy it or they may have to build one, depending on their specific needs. But the pain of trying to collaborate is now so high that they are suffocating - a significant growth bottleneck has set in.
Rather, back-testing can really only show you what DIDN’T work well in the past, so you can avoid repeating those mistakes, or at least be aware of those risks. Back-testing can never prove something will work best going forward. Also, back-testing will never show you extraordinary events, such as civil unrest, unprecedented government intervention in the markets, inflation, etc. These risks need to have some diversification applied as well and the Forever Portfolio actually considers these risks that spreadsheet-only portfolios do not.
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