Google Docs is currently the most popular way for small businesses to collaborate on projects. When people think of a spreadsheet application, they often think of Microsoft Office or Lotus Notes. However, Google Docs is not one of those applications, and therefore it’s never been much of a concern for small business owners to learn how to use Google Docs invoice templates.
The question, however, has been whether or not Google Docs will replace Microsoft Office as the standard kind of accounting software. Currently, it’s unlikely that any kind of third-party application will replace Office because of the difficulty in writing a spreadsheet application that is even remotely compatible with Microsoft Word. Also, Office excel sheets are so incredibly complicated, that they make it impossible to have a spreadsheet application that’s even remotely compatible with Excel.
The good news, however, is that Google Docs does in fact provide a little more flexibility than Excel, making it possible for small businesses to utilize the application instead of just thinking about using it. One of the biggest reasons why Google Docs isn’t as popular as Microsoft Office, is that Microsoft Word is such a complicated piece of software. In order to produce a spreadsheet application that’s even remotely compatible with Microsoft Word, a company would have to hire a highly skilled developer.
The other reason why Google Docs doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as Microsoft Office, is simply because there’s less competition. There aren’t many companies offering similar products, and if they were offered more competition, they’d likely offer better products at cheaper prices. That makes Google Docs the most expensive product available.
If you’re interested in using Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office, you should probably know that it’s a paid application. In order to get started with Google Docs, you need to sign up for a free account. Once you’ve signed up for a free account, you can begin to create invoices from your Google Docs document library.
The advantage to using Google Docs instead of Excel is that you can store all of your data in a document library. Using spreadsheet applications that use the data stored in your document library will result in the creation of an extremely bloated Excel file. Because spreadsheet applications to store the data as tables, instead of individual rows and columns, your spreadsheet application is no longer capable of properly formatting and sorting your data. Additionally, in order to work with your data, you’ll need to be able to read and view spreadsheet files, which only means you’ll need to install Microsoft Office on your computer.
One disadvantage to using Google Docs instead of Microsoft Office is that you’ll likely lose the ability to customize your invoices. With Office, you can change your invoice by changing a few text boxes, adding or removing text boxes, and changing the font style, alignment, and page layout of your invoice. In order to add graphic elements to your invoice, you’ll need to have a third-party application installed on your computer.
If you want to save yourself time and money, I recommend you consider starting your small business with Google Docs. Instead of wasting your time creating Excel invoices, and then trying to figure out how to export the data, you can use Google Docs to create invoice templates that you can import into Excel for easy data editing and sending.