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Apps vs Spreadsheets

One of the most common questions I get is, why use a spreadsheet if you can just download and use an app instead?

Well there are certainly several situations in which using an app is a great idea. After all, there are so many amazing apps out there, why not capitalize on what’s available? I know that I do!

Although there are many awesome apps out there, they are not always the best solution to the problem at hand. This is where a spreadsheet could potentially be much better than an app.

Simply put – spreadsheets can be tailored and customized to do just about anything you need them to do. This is a HUGE advantage spreadsheets have over apps.

If you’re still not convinced, let me give you a quick but practical example.

Budgeting With a Spreadsheet

Let’s say that you have a specific way you like to budget your money. There are many different methods out there when it comes to budgeting and after a few years of experimentation, you’ve finally figured out the budget system that works perfectly for you.

Now that you have the perfect budget system, you just need the perfect tool that will help you execute it. The only problem is, you can’t find the right app for the job.

Many of the apps you’ve tried sort of work, but none work just the way you want them to. This is a major disadvantage.

This is where a spreadsheet can really shine.

What’s great about a spreadsheet is that you can customize it to work just the way you want it to. Even if you find an almost perfect budgeting spreadsheet, you can still go in and change small parts of it to make it truly perfect for you.

The point is simply this – you can’t really customize apps all that much. You can, however, customize spreadsheets just about any way you want to.

This is one of the biggest advantages spreadsheets have over apps.

But Wait, There’s More

Going off the idea that spreadsheets can be customized to work just the way you want them to, spreadsheets become the ideal tool for a lot of small tasks that need to be taken care of on the fly.

Once again, here are a few examples:

  • Need to keep meeting notes – pull out a spreadsheet
  • Need to calculate specific statistics – use the power of spreadsheets
  • Need to keep track of time – track it all with a spreadsheet
  • Need to organize your business plans – store them all in a spreadsheet

Once again, the big idea is that you can quickly tailor a spreadsheet to solve whatever problem you might have on hand. That’s a whole lot easier than spending hours searching for the perfect app to provide the perfect solution.

I’m sure I’ve beat this horse to death by now (see horse below), but even though apps are fantastic and amazing, there is no single app that can do all that a spreadsheet can do.

A bad cartoon drawing of a dead horse

This is why you should always consider a spreadsheet when searching for the perfect tool to use. After all, you never know.

You just might find the perfect tool for job.

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