The Excel Hero blog is now four months old, and this is my 49th blog entry. What an adventure it has been. I have never blogged before and to go through the process of nurturing the fledgling blog like a seedling and watching it flourish is very rewarding. The process, and indeed the blog itself, takes on a life of its own. In the past seven days Excel Hero has had five different days where the number of unique visitors was over 1,000 and one day where it was almost 2,000.
In my lifetime this has been one of the most interesting things I've ever done. I would like to thank each and everyone of you for bothering to read, for downloading my samples, and for your input. My goal from the beginning has been to build a community of creative solutions. That community cannot exist without you!
If this is starting to sound like a goodbye - fear not. I'm just getting started.
For many years I have made my living 100% from freelance Excel development. That means I'm a programmer with a focus on Excel. Clients from all over the world hire me to design and implement Excel based solutions to their business needs. I'm not cheap. Hey, I live in California with unbelievable costs of living. But I would venture to say that every single client I have believes that they receive excellent value for money. Well, there was this one guy who wanted to... but that's a different story.
My rate is $150 per hour.
As a heart felt thank you I would like to offer my readers a $50 per hour discount for any work you might want to have done anytime over the next 60 days! Just send me an email and mention Excel Hero, and I will gratefully extend this promotional discount.
This week I plan to have two new articles posted. The first discusses the pros and cons of using [ ] shortcut range references from VBA. The second is when to choose INDEX/MATCH vs VLOOKUP and some other methods of looking up information. And of course, I will have a new Excel based optical illusion on Friday.
I'm also looking for a few volunteers to test a new business productivity tool I'm bringing out. It allows you to create an Org Chart for your business with one click, pulling data from your spreadsheet. All a user needs to do is select a column of employees and a column of managers and click the Make Chart button. That's it. The add-in instantly creates a beautifully formatted Organizational Chart
from connected shapes. Of course there are options available to spruce things up. The user can copy the chart to PowerPoint or Word. The chart is live, and it can be edited. It's a powerful time saver and it's already in beta testing. I have several people testing it right now and am looking for a couple more. If you are interested please send me an email. I plan to release the product for general distribution within the next two weeks.
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