"It's only Microsoft Word."
Except when it can save you hundreds of hours or many thousands of dollars, that is.
At that point, it's a whole new ballgame.
We've all used, and thrown away, tools that are unfit for purpose. Some more quickly than others. But when you know that the tool you're using has so much potential, but using it is so d*** painful, frustrating, and challenging, then something's clearly amiss.
"Surely it shouldn't be this difficult?"
No, it shouldn't.
It should be the opposite, shouldn't it?
How often have you heard this:
I'd helped Jan with their architectural and design reports, and saved them a bunch of time (I forgot to ask how much time back then).
Word can, and should, be a joy to work with. The results can also be significant too
(A quick summary of each is below the flipbook.)
Paragon Intel - $48,000* per year savings
Colby engaged me to redesign and simplify 2 complex reports.
About 2 months after delivery, I asked how he was getting on and how much time the new designs saved him.
"About 10 hours per week."
*Based on $100/hour for ease of calculation. (Located on Madison Avenue, New York, ParagonIntel's consultancy fees will understandably be far higher.)
Impact International - 200 hours per year savings (in their UK office)
Hannah contacted me to help with the redesign and usability of one of their complex reports (A4 and letter).
When I asked her how much time Impact saved, she said about 5 hours per week. In their UK office.
Impact have offices in 18 countries.
CASSA - 500 hours per year savings
CASSA (Compliant Automated Safety Systems Alliance) is a construction industry SaaS company who I did a number of projects for, including a lot of VBA work, automating Word, etc.
DriverTrett - $100,000 - $200,000 savings per year
With multiple collaborators working on each project report, it was taking Thursten Ollerenshaw and team 7-10 days to collate, reformat, and produce each report. Template redesign and video training helped them cut this down to a single day saving them between $5,000 and $10,000 per report.
DriverTrett produced over 20 reports per year.