In practicing more years of accounting than I would like to divulge, I have continually advocated the “misuse” of excel spreadsheets. My team will tell you that I am always pushing them to use the system, and not “work around it by going to Excel”.
But, what if you believe your best system IS Excel?
I have encountered so many franchise owners and managers who live by the data they are plugging into their excel spreadsheets. As a matter of fact, I received an email a few weeks ago from a potential client with “our new and improved tool” for managing stores. You guessed it- it was an excel spreadsheet. And not just any old spreadsheet- lots of formulas, colors, calculations, links- it is very fancy. I went through the tabs and did my usual due- diligence, internally questioning why anyone would ever institute something like this as a daily tool or required practice for their restaurant store managers.