The only thing that can't be automated in Excel is the input of raw data... and even that can sometimes be done. If you are looking to avoid repetitive tasks in your Excel spreadsheet (clearing out data to start a new month, manually incrementing dates, copy your data to historical tables, etc...) you should know that it's more than just possible!
There are a wide variety of Excel gurus and specialists out there that you should seriously think about hiring.
Why should I hire an Excel consultant?
If you answered "Yes" to ANY of the questions above, you should consider hiring your very own Excel guru. Not only do you get their expertise, but you get their passion for all things Excel!
Of course, there is much more to Excel than automation, and much more that needs to be covered to truly meet the needs of all Excel users. Whether you need help building an add-in, fixing a broken workbook, redesigning workbooks for efficiency, or building an great looking Excel dashboard report, there is a consultant out there who can handle the task. The big questions, of course, are "how much will it cost" and "how do you find a reliable consultant?"
How much do you spend on repetitive tasks?"
Consulting appears expensive at first glance, so you need to work out the estimated payback before you pursue someone for your project. To help with this I've designed a spreadsheet to calculate just how much you spend on repetitive work. This will do two things for you... first, it will probably shock you to see how much you spend on repetitive work. Second, it will give you something to gauge against when someone quotes on your task, and allow you to figure out how long it will take to break even.
Simply plug in the details of your task into the Microsoft Excel WebApp below, (Yes! It's a fully functional spreadsheet, right in the web page. Type in the blue cells and click the little filter icons to change the time period values.)
Alternately, you can also download and use Download our Automation Evaluation form! It is an Excel file, which contains no macros, so it is not a security risk to your system.
I'm convinced! Where to I find a reputable Excel consultant?"
Well, if you're looking for training in Microsoft Excel, then look no further. I offer on-site training services! You can learn about my offerings on this page
While I do offer teaching and training, I don't offer Excel consulting services myself any more. I do have a list of freelance gurus that I refer Excel projects to though. These guys are simply the best of the best:
Each of these Excel experts has different areas of specialty, so if you're not sure who would be more appropriate, just drop me a line, and I'll recommend one to you.