I have been experimenting with using a Google spreadsheet to manage Digital Expenditure. This spreadsheet was inspired by the Digital Doubts webinar, and currently the currency conversion is from USD to Euros and Rupees.
I actually tested this tool out with a client and we were shocked to discover how much was being spent on digital services that were not strictly necessary at this point. For example, paying 11 dollars for web hosting when the website is a
simple, B2B website barely averaging a 100 unique visitors per month.
I would love, love some feedback from all of you about how to improve this tool. Here is the Google Docs link. I can also upload the xlxs, csv, ods.
Yes! The landing page is a great idea.
Looking forward to see the video. one suggestion to also package up the tool, have a 'icon' as cover - design one! And create a landing text, stating benefits :) that kind of things... Like a productivity tool
@Jodee tested with social enterprise/non profit. Keeping a strict budget makes you more motivated to find a cost-effective solution. It helps to prioritise as well. So we have decided in this case to hire a designer and pay them what we might have paid to a web host. My opinion, a business that is "social" in its means as well as its ends would always prioritise giving work to independent contractors (especially in these financially perilous times) over paying established organisations. I see this as a starting point for automation creating jobs instead of replacing jobs. @Zsolt Bugarszki I will try to create a demo video (based on a use case) for how it could be used.
This is such a good example for beginners @Sara! You said when you first created it, you tested it with some sectors. Is it possible to tell what kind of fields, and the feedback of how it help these social entrepreneur?
Ah good point! So I based this on a real life use case Say you get a grant of 1000 euros and you have to figure out how to spend it. The grant was mainly to fund workshops/programs not your digital expenditure, so you restrict your digital expenditure to 200 USD per year. Just a domain, basic web hosting and a few G suite inboxes could cause you to go way over your budget. However, if you are careful with the web host and choose a cheaper provider than G suite you have more money to spend on the workshops and programs. But you need to have a budget or your digital expenditure could end up outpacing traditional advertisement costs (which are somehow less invisible) You can adjust the budget and costs as per your requirement (as a social entrepreneur) using the spreadsheet.
Sara, is it possible to fill more details to the example? it seems very empty now, for me was hard to get the point :)