Dory Carmen. Spreadsheet. September 14th , 2021.
There are other ways to import data into your database, including using Web forms or setting up a special email inbox that will post the information automatically. These tasks will take some skill and some HTML knowledge, however. Other tools require more programming skill to do what Trackvia does with a few mouse clicks, or are more cumbersome to manipulate, or don’t have the automatic defaults that make setup as easy as Trackvia. Did I mention the cost? $10 per month per user. This includes an unlimited number of databases and up to a GB of attachment storage (meaning that you aren’t charged for the actual records themselves that are stored). If you sign up before October 1 for an account, the company will give you several additional features free.
There are two information-related walls that a young company hits while trying to grow. The first wall is what I call ”spreadsheet suffocation.” It is that stage of information sharing pain that causes people to start cussing. Where did you save the Johnson calculations? Who has the orders spreadsheet locked? Where did my new inventory list go? Did someone write over it? There was 2 days work in that spreadsheet!
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.
Third, building the right kinds of collaborative applications requires some skill and understanding how and what kinds of data are shared. How many people are going to be adding/changing records to your database? How many just want to do queries and reports? And how do you prevent conflicting updates?
This is why I find it so absurd when some analyst or pundit claims that an asset like gold is ”worthless” in an investing portfolio because of some biased spreadsheet work they did. I wonder if these people have ever gotten far enough away from their spreadsheets to see how the world markets really work? Having some portfolio insurance like gold around is a really splendid idea. YES, the Forever Portfolio holds gold, silver and displays a good record with other assets likes stocks (mainly ETFs), bonds and cash. But what in history suggests this is not a good idea? Show me the flaw! Show me the data? It doesn’t matter what your chart is showed worked best over a particular time period. The fact is that concentrating your bets is dangerous, and sometimes your stocks and bonds don’t payout on your timetable. This is just how life works. I am finding out more each day. Diversifying a little bit is prudent.
Ideally a spreadsheet should take into consideration the budget schedule based on one’s salary dates and due dates for bill payment. It should also include other income such as bonuses, business profits, commissions, interests. The other important items on the list are monthly grocery needs, utility bills, home maintenance, maintenance of car or any other vehicle, entertainment, personal expenditure. Once the sorting of income and expenses is done make a column that indicate projected amount and another that gives actual amount for both income and expenditure. This way one can keep track of the actual amount of expenditure that is taking place and try to balance funds.
Now days, there are many software programs available online providing a wide range of home budget spreadsheet. They are user-friendly with flexibility to represent data either as pie diagrams or charts. Inbuilt calculators in these programs save time on various calculations and are handy to use. With such understandable spreadsheets, one can take care of their finances in a better way and ensure the availability of proper funds not only during month’s end, but also in case of any emergency in long run. One should therefore look out for spreadsheets that have most of the above facilities and ensure an effortless budgeting experience.
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