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software is an invaluable tool for the office. It is undeniable that
an electric hammer decreases the time it takes and improves the
results of shingling a roof as opposed to tackling the same job with
a regular hammer. Similarly, a spreadsheet is a much more effective
tool than a calculator and a word processor is much more productive
than a typewriter.
Effective implementation of the right software tool increases
your speed, reduces the number of errors, and gives you better
results. This is true whether you are a data entry processor,
administrative assistant, accountant, or chief executive officer.
benefit immensely by knowing what the different software packages
are capable of. Knowledge on a basic level will enable you to
decipher which tool or software package is best suited for a
specific job. To get to higher skill levels you must put forth more
effort than most people are willing to.
is the advantage of being an expert at generic software packages?
You will be able to achieve better results in less time. When you
learn the power and capabilities of a program like Microsoft Excel
you'll even come of with real
business solutions that you didn't know existed. If you are
self-employed this will translate into a better-run business to free
up more time to work on other endeavors or perhaps spending more
time with your family and friends. If you work for a company you
will be in a position to turn in exceptional, or at least better
than average work that will give you in edge in receiving promotions
and generous company bonuses.
have come across users of different skill levels of software and
most can be grouped into three categories. The first are software
users that are satisfied knowing barely enough to get by. They
believe if they need to know more that their employer will teach
them. Others may have taken a course or two and know a few tricks,
but they do not really understand the power of the product. The last
group read books and perhaps has taken courses and they put forth
effort to being better than capable users. Which camp do you fall
into? Where do you want to be? To get to higher skill levels you
must put forth more effort than most people are willing to.
can learn software by taking a course or exclusively by reading.
Either way, there is no substitute for having a solid guidebook.
You do not read software books like a novel from cover to
cover; they are reference books. So how do you know the inside
You need to skim through them and be able to visualize the
potential. Then, when issues arise you will know which tool to use
and you simply pick up the reference book and follow the steps.